The Gilbert Public Schools governing board adopted Aug. 10 an instructional time model for synchronous learning in grades 7-12 that will be used to meet new state requirements for average daily membership.

Average daily membership, or ADM, is the total enrollment of fractional students and full-time students, minus withdrawals, of each school day through the first 100 days in session and is a key figure in the state’s education funding formulas.

Under House Bill 2862, a governing board, after two public hearings, could adopt any instructional time models to meet the minimum annual instructional time and instructional hours requirements prescribed by law to determine ADM.

Gilbert’s second hearing was Aug. 10, followed shortly thereafter by unanimous passage.

The district will offer students in grades 7-12 three instructional models: in-person; synchronous online learning with enrollment through a district secondary school; or asynchronous online learning through Gilbert Global Academy, the district’s online school.

In the synchronous model, students will be expected to log on during regular class time and interact with the teacher, much as if the student were present. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of the class period and reported as if the student were present in a classroom. Under that model, students will be funded at 100% under the state’s education funding formulas.

More traditional asynchronous online learning, in which students are taking classes in more of a self-paced manner, will continue to be at 95% for full-time online students and 85% for part-time online students.

Other items

  • During the study session, Barbara Newman, the district’s assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, and Vicki Jones, the director of growth and development, presented to the board the district’s instructional framework designed to create a consistent learning environment across the district. The framework was built upon five principles, or “domains”: connect, design, instruct, assess and reflect. The district’s professional learning communities, or PLCs, will be trained in the framework, and teachers will be evaluated with them.

  • The meeting was the first for new board member William Parker, who replaced Reed Carr. Maricopa County Schools Superintendent Steve Watson appointed Parker, who was sworn in Aug. 6. Carr resigned effective June 30.

  • The board appointed Carr as a community member on the district's audit committee. Carr previously served as the board member on the committee.