User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

55° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options



Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started. | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news


Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Harrisburg Customized Learning Curriculum Gets Evaluated

February 20, 2014, 6:35 AM by Stephanie Gregory

Harrisburg Customized Learning Curriculum Gets Evaluated

The program is called MOD/MCL. The freshmen have modular scheduling, where they only go to 21 classes each day that are 20 minutes long. They also participate in Mass Customized Learning. Students learn at their own pace and they can go as fast or as slow as they want on a certain subject. Now, a statewide organization is grading the program.

The group evaluating the program, Technology Innovation Education, says lengthy lecture classes are a thing of the past.

"It made sense in a one-room school house when all the information came from just the teacher or one textbook, but the information is everywhere. We have experts in all sorts of information," Technology Innovation Education Director Julie Mathiesen said.

Freshman at Harrisburg are required to be independent learners. Teachers are around to answers questions, but for the most part these students work on their own.

"It lets me get to where I want to be and I can get there because I can get ahead of other people around me," freshman Eleni Belbas said.

However, not everyone is used to the program yet.

"Some kids want the direct instructions [and be told] to do your homework this night," freshman Christy Wipf said.

Harrisburg has only been doing the program since the beginning of the school year and TIE says it's on track with where it needs to go.

"Nothing is going to be perfect off the ground, but already I can see they are tweaking and they are adjusting and they are going to make this a strong program that I think ultimately will serve students well," Mathiesen said.

The program will continue to grow next year. Freshman will learn in the MOD/MCL style as sophomores and the upcoming freshman will be expected to learn this way as well.

For more information on the program, click here.

Previous Story

Next Story


Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View education

You may also like

SD College Denied Nursing Program Accreditation

4/12/2014 1:57 PM

Aberdeen's Presentation College's nursing program has been denied a continuance of its national accreditation.

Full Story
SF Schools To Start Before Labor Day

4/14/2014 9:55 PM

The board voted to approve the school calendars for the next three years, all of them including a start date before Labor Day.

Full Story
Rejected Bids Won't Cause Major Delay For School

4/13/2014 10:15 AM

Officials in Pierre say the rejection of two bids for a major construction phase of a new elementary school won't have a significant impact in the...

Full Story
KELOLAND Parents Collecting Signatures To Push Back School Start Date

4/18/2014 10:00 PM

A KELOLAND parent is not happy with a recent decision by the Sioux Falls School Board to approve the calendar for the next three school years, all sta...

Full Story | Watch
From Bounce House To Sanford Castle

4/17/2014 5:55 PM

Brandon elementary students had a chance to work off some pre-Easter energy by hopping like bunnies through a jump house Thursday. It all has to do wi...

Full Story | Watch


KELOLAND TV: 501 S. Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.336.1100 · Breaking News call: 1-800-888-5356
Web Site Design and Custom Programming By: Lawrence & Schiller© 2014 KELO-TV -- KELOLAND.COM -- ALL RIGHTS RESERVED