Episode 173: Kim Loomis, Director of Online & Blended Learning at Clark County School District

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Kim Loomis came to the Clark County (NV) School District (CCSD) more than 20 years ago, and has since worked with the Nevada Learning Academy at CCSD (NVLA) as a founding teacher, instructional designer and curriculum Kim Loomisadministrator. The NVLA is part of the CCSD and offers three programs to students in grades 6-12: A fully online high school for grades 9-12, an independent study program that operates on rolling enrollments and weekly proctored exams, and a 6-8 grade middle school blended program with online courses plus the additional support of weekly required face-to-face classes. The NVLA also hosts online and blended summer school programs.

Guest Bio:

In addition to her instructional design and professional development work, Loomis has 10 years of teaching experience in high school math, and as an administrator in CCSD curriculum and professional development. In 2011, Loomis transitioned to a new position in the district as the Innovative Projects Coordinator of  the Innovative Learning Environments (ILE) team. She oversees the deployment of the district’s enterprise learning management system (LMS), development of district-level online and blended secondary courses, and district-wide K-12 teacher professional development for digital learning environments.

(source: http://www.ccsso.org/Resources/Programs/OER_Home_/Clark_County_School_District.html)

Some Questions We Ask:

  • If she could have dinner with one person she admires, past or present, who would it be and why?

What You’ll Learn In This Episode:

  • Kim talks about her childhood challenges.

“I knew the only way out was through education.”

  • Outgrowing the classroom
  • The Opportunity and Challenges of Online and Blended Learning.
  • How did Kim meet her goals for digital content in the classroom?
  • The issues with the generational divide in tech tools and teaching.

“Failure is just an opportunity to reflect and grow.”

  • What do the numbers say about blended learning?

“We’re changing the landscape of what education is.”

  • The future of leaning.

“It’s so exciting! I can’t wait to see what it’s going to look like!”

  • What is the most frustrating thing about blended learning?

Links:

Kim Loomis Blog: http://i3digitalpd.com/

Kim Loomis on Twitter: https://twitter.com/loomiskim

Blended and Personalized Learning Conference: http://blendedlearningconference.com/

KIPP: http://www.kippla.org/approach/blended-learning.cfm

Rocketship: http://www.rsed.org/Blended-Learning.cfm

Connections Academy: http://www.connectionsacademy.com/online-school

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