The Chester Area Cyber School: How Innovative Technology has Transformed High School Completion for Hutterite Students
Allen Whitlatch, South Dakota State University, United States ; Maren Fischer, Chester Area School, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The Hutterites are a communal branch of the Anabaptists, and like the Amish and Mennonites, trace their roots to 1528 and the radical reformation of the 16th Century. Though the Hutterites still separate themselves from contemporary American or Canadian life; within their communities usage of modern technology is proliferating, particularly in South Dakota. The Hutterite Colonies in South Dakota had previously educated their children to the 8th grade level as common practice. Now, in conjunction with the Chester Area School of Chester South Dakota, students in 25 of the 54 colonies in South Dakota are receiving a high school education, aligned to the South Dakota State Standards, via WebCT 6 and tightly controlled intranet. Prevailing over considerable barriers along the way, Chester Area Cyber School will graduate its first class of Hutterite seniors in May of 2009.
Whitlatch, A. & Fischer, M. (2009). The Chester Area Cyber School: How Innovative Technology has Transformed High School Completion for Hutterite Students. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 567-570). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).