Bridging the Gap in a Rural School District Through Personalized Learning

Contributor: Starr Sackstein 

In Putnam County, Tenn., with 23 schools spread across 400 square miles, we share many of the challenges faced by our fellow rural school districts nationwide, including inconsistent attendance, long commutes, and a high “mobility rate” – the rate at which students are moving in and out of the district. Previously, Putnam County teachers had been using more traditional, often low-tech teaching methodologies. But starting eight years ago, we began to make a significant shift toward … Read more here.

Article features FETC Speaker:

Sam Brooks has been very honored to work for the Putnam County VITAL program for the past 8 years. The VITAL program in Putnam County has grown to include digital credit advancement/credit recovery, dual enrollment, IVC (live) distance learning, K-12 personalized learning, as well as providing professional development for the 21 schools within his district. VITAL has hosted over 75 site visits the past three years from districts interested in the operation of our personal learning program.
Mr. Sam Brooks was recognized by the Center for Digital Education as a Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers in 2014 and is a Google Certified Trainer with over 150 events completed.

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