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Ohio district uses Connections Learning by Pearson to increase flexibility and choice

The number and variety of courses that can be offered in a small rural district is often limited. That was not acceptable to Erik Belcher, superintendent of Fayette Local School District in northwest Ohio.


ALEKS from McGraw-Hill Education is an online learning and assessment program for grades 3-12 math. Using adaptive technology, ALEKS precisely identifies a student’s knowledge and delivers targeted instruction on the topics a student is ready to learn. The result is an engaging learning experience that targets gaps and improves success.

Poudre School District’s Global Academy ranked among the highest in the state of Colorado for student growth across all grades for the 2013-14 school year. 

Jim Handschuch has been the principal of Lacey Township High School, which is part of the Lacey Township School District in Ocean County, New Jersey, since 2012. During his first year as principal, Handschuch found a steady stream of seniors wanting to drop out. With little to offer struggling students who simply did not have enough time to retake full courses required for graduation, Handschuch could not convince many of them to stay in school.

At the Henry County (Ga.) Schools, the only constant over the past decade has been change. A booming economy in the Atlanta area has resulted in the district more than doubling in size. “We went from 19,000 students in the year 2000 to 41,000 today,” says Aaryn Schmuhl, assistant superintendent for learning and leadership services since 2011. “We’ve built 25 new schools during that time.”

Director of Technology
Goddard USD 265
Goddard, Kansas
(5,400 students)

IT Director
Carson City School District
Carson City, Nevada
(7,900 students)

DOUG PEARCE, Director, Technical Services
ANGELA COLUZZI, Director, Network Integration
Broward County Public Schools
Broward County, Florida (235,000 students)

Richard Culatta is the deputy director of the Office of Educational Technology at the Department of Education.

Last June, President Obama unveiled ConnectED, a five-year initiative designed to connect 99 percent of America’s students to the internet through high-speed broadband and high-speed wireless—and also equip public schools with the tools to make the most of the enhanced connectivity.

Aventa Learning delivers online courses to middle and high school students. It offers more than 140 different courses, including advanced placement, core courses, foreign languages, and credit recovery courses with ELL support. With Aventa’s custom content development team, educators also can build their own online courses.


OpenClass is a free, cloud-based LMS that helps educators deliver interactive digital courses to students. This open solution allows educators to create, manage, and add courses online, and lets students collaborate. OpenClass also can integrate with Google Apps for Education.


This LMS platform includes analytics that provide comparable statistics for students, classes, and schools. Canvas’ speed grader allows teachers to quickly grade student work and provide personalized feedback. A co-enrollment platform connects parents to their children’s courses.