HUNTINGTON STATION, NY –– The South Huntington School District has chosen to work with Teq and SAFARI Montage after receiving a New York State Education Department grant to implement a program that will increase targeted students’ access for Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
The district has been awarded $500,000, a slice of $17.3 million in Race to the Top funds. The money is part of the state’s Virtual Advanced Placement (VAP) Program, which aims to develop and improve access to online and blended AP courses.
“South Huntington is very excited to get started on this exciting project with Teq and the use of SAFARI Montage products,” said the district’s Supervisor of Assessment & Technology, Dr. Jared Bloom. “Our students stand to benefit by having access to a complete digital management solution that will allow them to participate in videoconferencing opportunities, collaborate on assignments and have access to cutting edge educational video content.”
The VAP program is part of the New York State Education Department’s push to get schools across the state to expand their virtual learning solutions. Many of the country’s technologically innovative districts have chosen to work with SAFARI Montage to enhance their technology platforms and virtual instruction include Chicago Public Schools in Illinois, Plano Independent School District in Texas and Forsyth County Schools in Georgia.
South Huntington will combine SAFARI Montage’s popular product line with Teq’s world class professional development (PD) to institute virtual class instruction, giving students better availability to content by providing around the clock access.
“We are excited to support South Huntington in the implementation of this exciting program,” said Chris Nelson, Director of Strategic Alliances at Teq, a company based in Huntington Station. “Our professional development paired with the features of SAFARI Montage will offer students unparalleled access to the content.”
Over the course of 18 months, Teq will provide an embedded PD structure, supporting teachers to transition from traditional brick and mortar AP classes to a classroom/virtual blend.
SAFARI Montage provides course content management, giving teachers the ability to record lessons, post them to the system and share them with all students participating in the program. SAFARI Montage Live! provides both faculty and students the ability to meet in a virtual classroom for collaboration, additional support and to involve subject matter experts in the learning process. These sessions can be archived and replayed providing additional support.
South Huntington aims to increase the enrollment of targeted students in its AP World history and U.S. history courses by 10 percent with a passage rate on the AP exam of at least 80 percent.