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Online Learning: Charting a Direction for Your School

Date: Monday - October 15, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: School of the Holy Child


Online Learning:
Charting a Direction for Your School

A Certificate Course Offered By NYSAIS
and the Online School for Girls


This eight month course will help administrators do a “deep-dive” into online learning, and the opportunities and challenges that online learning presents for independent schools. The course will cover both the strategic decisions that schools face and the practical implications for implementing online learning within a school. Emphasis will be on pedagogical, practical and financial implications for schools.

By the end of the course, participants will have grappled with critical questions for schools in implementing online education programs, and will come away with a plan for implementing online education at their school. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that schools send the person or people (team of 2-4) who would be leading their schools initiative in online learning to this program.

During the course, participants will be exposed to national leaders and experts in online learning, including (and most importantly) experts within the independent school community. Participants should be prepared to share their ideas and engage in regular online discussions with other course participants -- learning from peers will be central to the learning process.

Who Should Attend?
Administrators at independent schools who are tasked with developing both the strategic direction and the practical planning for online education at their school. At some schools this may be done by a team of people -- in those cases it would be appropriate for a school to enroll the entire team in the program

Course Overview: This will be an eight month “blended” course (see schedule below)

  • Monthly online coursework (assignments and interactions) including a combination of videos, discussion boards, readings, group work, etc. Coursework should take approximately six hours to complete each month.
  • Two in-person, day-long workshops held at the School of the Holy Child in Rye, NY.In-person day-long workshops will take place from 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM  on
    • Thursday, November 8, 2012
    • Thursday, April 11, 2013

Oct. 15, 2012

Online Unit Opens

  • Orientation to Online Learning
  • The Landscape of Online Learning in America and Online Independent Schools

Nov. 8, 2012

In-Person Workshop

  • Models for Independent Schools for Engaging in Online Learning
  • Begin Discussion: Opportunities and Threats for Engaging in Online Learning

Nov. 9, 2012
Online Unit Opens

  • Opportunities and Threats for Engaging in Online Learning
  • Becoming Mission Driven with Online Learning

Dec. 7, 2012

Online Unit Opens

  • Finances of Online Learning - Costs for Bringing Programs Online
  • Funding Online Learning Initiatives - Models and Plans; Academic Implications - Staffing Needs

Jan. 4, 2013

Online Unit Opens

  • Academic Implications - Pedagogy and Content


Feb. 1, 2013

 Online Unit Opens

  • Academic Implications - Schedule/Flexibility/Time


Mar. 1, 2013

Online Unit Opens

  • Beginning of Developing a Comprehensive Plan for Your School

Apr. 11, 2013

In-Person Workshop

  • Comprehensive Planning for Your School
    • Group Work, Feedback, and Support


Apr. 12, 2013

Online Unit Opens

  • Developing a Plan for Your School - Feedback and Support

May 3, 2013

Online Unit Opens

  • Course closes
  • Last Day to Access Course and Material is May 18, 2013

Questions about the course? 

Course Facilitators:

Brad Rathgeber is the Director of the Online School for Girls, responsible for the day-to-day management of the School, including academics, professional development, and extension programs. Brad is one of the founders of the Online School for Girls and was the first President of the Board, having worked to create the School while an administrator at Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland. Brad has presented at many national and international conferences on online learning, and has been quoted on the topic in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and on PBS.

Lorri Palko serves as the Director of Finance and Operations for the Online School for Girls.  Previously, she served as Associate Head of School – Operations at Atlanta Girls’ School where she led all internal business and financial operations. Prior to working in schools, Lorri worked in the business sector for twenty-years, having served as president of two manufacturing companies, each with annual sales of over $200 million and over one thousand employees. Lorri achieved revenue growth, improved profitability, and increased market positions through a collaborative leadership style focused on the growth of employees and the community while being a steward of long-term financial sustainability.

Transportation: Frequent Metro North trains from Grand Central Station.

Dep. Grand Central Arrive Rye Duration Type Fare

School of the Holy Child will provide a shuttle to and from Rye’s Metro North train station.

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Registration is limited to 30 participants.

Fee includes

  • Continental breakfast, lunch and all materials for both in-person workshops
  • Everything you need for the year-long onlline course.

Early Registration Fees apply until 2 weeks before the event

  • NYSAIS members - $1250.00 - Register Here
  • Non-members - $1350.00 - Register Here

Regular Registration Fees apply within 2 weeks of the event

  • NYSAIS members - $1350.00 - Register Here
  • Non-members - $1450.00 - Register Here

* Note: Payment is by credit card only.