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September Superintendency Message

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Choice and Opportunity

In an article published in the October 2013 issue of Harvard Business Review, when people in an experiment were shown two DVD players, 32% indicated they would buy one of the brands, while 34% said they would buy the other.  However, when subjects were shown a single DVD player, only about 10% said they would buy it.  According to the researcher, Daniel Mochon of Tulane University, retailers should bear in mind that consumers dislike having a single option. Even if they find a product appealing, they may be unwilling to buy it unless they can consider alternatives. 

In Weber School District it is our goal and vision to offer as much student and parent choice for education as possible.  Weber Innovation High School is part of that vision.  This fall, Weber Innovation High opened its doors offering secondary students in grades 9-12 an opportunity to personalize their education through a unique combination of digital curriculum, magnet programs, concurrent/college classes, IVC (interactive video conferencing) classes, and a focus on development of the natural artistic and creative nature of children.  Students move at their own educational pace without the limitations of traditional classroom pacing and are encouraged to pursue one of three pathways by their junior year:

  1. A full schedule of college coursework designed to satisfy the general education requirements of all state higher education institutions by the time they graduate from high school;
  2. A full time OWATC program that will result in certification in a current and dynamic employment area selected by the student; or,
  3. A significant student internship program carefully selected through collaboration through Weber School District Work-Based Learning personnel.

With the cost of post-secondary education looming as the nation’s next financial crisis, the more we can assist our students in earning college credit while in high school (at a much lower cost) the better.  Last school year alone, 2,283 WSD students earned 16,087 university credits!  One hundred seventy-two students attended the Ogden Weber ATC, 365 CTE (Career and Technical Education) pathways were completed and 113 students completed work-based learning internships.  All of these opportunities help create brighter futures for our students. Weber Innovation High provides one more choice to enhance the school district’s opportunities available to the young people attending school in Weber District.

Language Immersion, Advanced Placement and Concurrent Enrollment, Online Education, STEM Education, Weber Innovation High School, Early College, ATC Program Access, and Early Intervention Education are just some of the choices in education offered in Weber School District.  More choice leads to more opportunities for our students.

1   "Harvard Business Review 2013/8.Harvard ... -" 2014. 14 Sep. 2015 


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