Center for
21st Century Learners


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Overview
The Center for 21st Century Learners at Norwin School District is an online learning option for students who reside in the Norwin School District who will be entering grades 7-12. The Center for 21st Century Learners provides children with a blend of virtual learning and onsite coursework, along with the opportunity to participate in all Middle and High School activities. The program has been developed in collaboration with online learning experts and is based on years of research and best practices for excellence in virtual learning. The goal is to bring flexibility and options to the children of Norwin, while building necessary 21st Century skills for success. Students who participate in the Center for 21st Century Learning will enjoy all the benefits of being a Norwin student, including earning a Norwin School District diploma and participating in graduation ceremonies, while receiving a customized, student-centered education that meets individual educational and social needs. 
 
Flexibility & Student-Centered Choices
Imagine a school day where students are not directed by busses and bell schedules. At the Center for 21st Century Learners, students can choose a schedule and courses that suit them. Because the Center is part of a consortium, students  have the option of taking a wide range of online courses in all areas of the curriculum. Students may choose to utilize extended-hour computer labs to complete their courses, or work from home. The labs provide a quiet, well-equipped place for students to work, and the necessary support for those students who are struggling in some areas. The computer lab is staffed by a fully-certified teacher who can provide students with immediate support and assistance. When students are working from home, they will have access to teachers and technical support both online and over the phone. Whatever path your child takes, you can be assured that his or her education will be well supported.
 
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A Quality Online Education Begins Here


Teachers - All courses offered through the Center for 21st Century Learners are taught by highly-qualified, Pennsylvania certified teachers from Norwin or surrounding school districts in Westmoreland County, as necessary. All teachers have received comprehensive training in best practices and pedagogy for online teaching and interactive learning.

CourCore Curriculum
Each Norwin course fully incorporates all standards as set forth by the PA Department of Education for that course.  This means that your child can move seamlessly between online courses and the traditional Norwin classroom without experiencing “gaps” in the curriculum.  When your child takes an online course, he or she will cover the same high-quality material and objectives as students in Norwin classrooms.
 
Course Rigor - Each course is designed with the rigor and quality instruction of a traditional classroom.  Lessons and assessments are designed to challenge students and encourage inquiry, while fostering individual needs and learning styles.  Because students have more flexibility in an online course, they move through material at a more customized pace.
 
Socialization - The Center for 21st Century Learners believes in the importance of developing a sense of community and socialization within learning experiences.  Each course integrates the use of several multimedia tools designed to engage students in the course content, as well as with their peers.  This provides students with the ability to discover and share with their online classmates, while building critical skills for interacting and online collaboration.

Engaging Students - Courses are offered through an online environment using both synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Unlike typical courses offered through other online learning institutions, the online courses at the Center for 21st Century Learners are robust and interactive.  Content is presented in a variety of engaging ways using multimedia and collaborative tools.  Teachers use the latest tools and emerging technologies to bring course content to life, which results in lessons that intrinsically motivate students and appeal to the preferences of today’s digital learner.
 
Computer and Internet Access - In the Center for 21st Century Learners, students will be supplied with a laptop fully loaded with the Mircrosoft Office Suite and internet access along with technical support. In addition, students enrolled in math courses will receive a Live Scribe pen so they may solve math equations with ease.
 
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Benefits of Blended Learning


Onsite CurriculumStudents who elect a schedule that includes a blended learning environment will have options in the courses they take on campus. The courses listed in the Norwin High School and Norwin Middle School Program of Studies will be available as schedule options.

Advanced Placement CurriculumStudents who choose a schedule that includes a blended learning environment will be able to select from fourteen (14) advanced placement courses on campus.

College in High SchoolThe College in High School Program allows students to earn college credits and a transcript from the University of Pittsburgh and/or Seton Hill University while taking classes in the Norwin High School. The College in High School classes have a minimal tuition fee.

Vocational Technical ProgramsIn partnership with the Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center, which provides over 20 half-day technical programs, students will have the option to pursue courses in skilled labor and industry-based technology programs.

Onsite Computer LabStudents enrolled in the Center for 21st Century Learners have access to technology and support on campus before, during, and after the school day.

Post-SecondaryStudents and families will be able to take advantage of college and career planning by participating in assemblies, programs, career and scheduling fairs, onsite visits from college and university representatives and from military personnel.
 

 Click here for a brochure about the Center for 21st Century Learners