In order to deliver an engaging and rigorous academic experience to its students, St. Odilia School recently moved to the next level in education excellence and innovative learning by implementing its BLESS (Blended Learning Educating Smart Students) Initiative. Blended Learning programs such as St. Odilia School’s BLESS Initiative are tailored to meet individual student needs, allow students to self-pace, and are often considered more engaging than traditional courses, all of which make them well-suited to promoting the success of all students. The school’s instructional design concept is a Blended Learning Classroom Rotation Model that allows for 3 various learning centers, small-group instruction, hands on activities, online learning and direct instruction all occur simultaneously. Compass Learning, our online content provider, offers students in TK through 8th grade content rich Common Core Standards based curriculum in both Math and Reading. Compass Learning allows students vast opportunities for authentic learning, critical thinking, analysis, and sound reasoning skills.
The school has further expanded its online curriculum to include; Junior Scholastic Digital, Zingy Science, Brain Pop, and Mathletics to provide additional quality educational digital experiences for our students. It is part of St. Odilia School’s commitment to its students and parents to create the type of learning environment that advances technologies enabling its teachers to adapt instruction to meet the personal needs of each and every student. Students are also able to use the remodeled Technology Learning Center (TLC) after-school and throughout the day when supervision is available. iPads, chrome books, Ebeam projectors, and desktop computers are utilized in all classrooms daily.
The BLESS initiative continues to develop as exciting new technology programs are being implemented at St. Odilia School. Computer coding classes for students in grades 1 through 8 were implemented during the 2016 – 2017 school year to enable our students to attain the “digital fluency” proficiency needed in 21st century. In 2017 – 2018, St. Odilia School will partner with the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s STEM Outreach Program to initiate STEM curriculum that will enhance our school’s Science program as we implement the Next Generation Science Standards. With the completion of our new Innovation Lab (iLab), St. Odilia students are ready and able to take on the challenges of the future!