Providing a Customized Education for All Students

In a time of continued economic stress, states are asked to increase efforts in public education. Digital learning offers a new direction for students, teachers and school districts. Opportunities exist to customize and personalize education so students receive the tools they need to engage in their instruction and become self-directed learners. Digital learning also opens the door to connect students across the state, region and nation with instructional content and practices they may not otherwise receive. This CSG Education Policy Academy provided resources to ensure students are college- and career-ready. Attendees engaged with speakers on a variety of strategic policy examples and programmatic solutions. Speakers also shared best practices and innovations through both regional and national examples.

CSG’s Center for Innovation & Transformation in Education
September 18-19, 2013
 
In a time of continued economic stress, states are asked to increase efforts in public education. Digital learning offers a new direction for students, teachers and school districts. Opportunities exist to customize and personalize education so students receive the tools they need to engage in their instruction and become self-directed learners. Digital learning also opens the door to connect students across the state, region and nation with instructional content and practices they may not otherwise receive. This CSG Education Policy Academy provided resources to ensure students are college- and career-ready. Attendees engaged with speakers on a variety of strategic policy examples and programmatic solutions. Speakers also shared best practices and innovations through both regional and national examples.
 
Presentation by Matthew Wicks, Chief Operating Officer, International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and Daniele Massey, 2013 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Teacher of the Year
 

New Learning Models: Providing a Customized Education for All Students

Daniele Massey
Daniele Massey is a military spouse who accompanied her husband to Vilseck, Germany in 2006, where she was offered her first Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) teaching position. Before moving to Vilseck, she taught at Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, N.C. She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education and mathematics, and continued her education at Central Missouri State University, earning a Master of Science degree in college student personnel administration. 

Mrs. Massey was selected as the Bavaria District Teacher of the Year in June 2012 and was then selected by a panel of DODEA leaders, as the DoDEA Teacher of the Year 2013.  Mrs. Massey believes in developing and fostering personal connections with students, parents and community members to help students achieve success using “flipped-mastery style teaching.” The flipped classroom involves students using the internet, videos and reading to receive much of their information at home, so class time can be used for student/teacher interaction.

Mrs. Massey and her family have recently relocated to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas where she will begin her Doctoral Program on Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment through Walden University.  Outside of school, Mrs. Massey dedicates her time to volunteering in the community through various events and clubs. Mrs. Massey and her husband, MAJ Adrian Massey, have two daughters, Anaya and Amira. 

Matthew Wicks
Matthew Wicks is currently Chief Operating Officer for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). He has been involved with K-12 online learning for over a decade. Some of the main highlights of his time in K-12 online learning include co-founder of the Illinois Virtual High School, founding board member of iNACOL, chair of the 2005 Virtual School Symposium and author of A National Primer in K-12 Online Learning, Version 2.

Prior to his work in online learning, Wicks served as Chief Information Officer at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. He also has worked for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and AT&T. Wicks has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Northwestern University.