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Norman Public School District launches new virtual education solution

The Norman Public School District is expanding educational opportunities to accommodate the growing needs of students and families. NPS ExpandED is an innovative pilot program designed to serve students who would benefit from a customized, virtual education solution. 

While the district has offered online courses for more than a decade, the new program provides participating students with the flexibility to complete all of their coursework outside the traditional school building or blend their learning experience by attending some classes at school. NPS ExpandED students also have the unique opportunity to participate in on-site extracurricular activities, including 6A athletic teams and world-class fine arts programs. 

“We are excited to expand our educational services for families and provide this option for students who thrive in a non-traditional setting,” said Dr. Nick Migliorino, Norman Public School District superintendent. “The program was designed to accommodate the growing needs of our students and offers a flexible education solution where families can create their own learning schedules with the support of certified teachers.”

The free, online education opportunity aligns with Oklahoma Academic Standards and offers a self-paced education option for K-12 students. Highly qualified, certified teachers will provide online instruction and work closely with students and parents to customize lessons as needed. Teachers will monitor student progress weekly through FaceTime, email or phone calls. 

In addition to being a statewide leader in traditional public education, the Norman Public School District has earned a reputation for innovation in learning and has worked closely with the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) on the program. District officials collaborated with the organization to develop the CCOSA Blended Learning Framework, which is aimed at providing a successful, research-based model of blended and virtual education to public schools across Oklahoma. CCOSA's framework relies heavily on the National Education Policy Center's (NEPC) virtual school research, which offers guidelines and governance mechanisms to prioritize student performance, and ultimately, student success as demonstrated through academic performance measures.

“We believe we have one of the best education systems in the state,” Migliorino said. “We take great pride in meeting students where they are and providing individualized instruction in our classrooms. We also understand some families need virtual education solutions for their students, which is why we have worked diligently to meet these needs and expand opportunities for all students.”

For more information or to complete an enrollment request form, visit www.normanpublicschools.org/expanded.