Welcome to our Community Classroom Information Page!
The community classroom instructional methodology utilizes unpaid on-the-job training experiences at business, industry, and public agency sites to expand the learning experience for our students. The community classroom experience correlates concurrent classroom instruction with regularly scheduled, supervised and planned work-based learning. This type of experience, unique to ROPs, assists students in developing and refining occupational competencies (attitudes, skills and knowledge).
Courses must be approved for using a community classroom as a teaching methodology. This approval comes from the state as a result of the curriculum certification process. We cannot arbitrarily decide to put students out into the community.
A program is only considered community classroom when the students are under the supervision of someone other than the teacher at an off-campus worksite. This means that a class that meets off campus daily with the regular teacher should not be considered a community classroom even though an affiliation agreement exists.
The ROP teacher must observe students at their community classroom worksites a minimum of once every three weeks. The teacher must be the person who does the observation. This responsibility may NOT be delegated.
In an approved community classroom program, the classroom hours must average out to three class periods per week for the duration of the class. Under no circumstances can the actual classroom instruction meet less than one class period per week. For example, a Sales & Merchandising class may have six weeks of classroom instruction before the students go out to the community sites. This classroom instruction counts toward the three class periods per week average. However, for the duration of the course, students must come back to the classroom at least one class period per week.
Selecting a Site
Selecting a Business/Industry Community Classroom Affiliate—When selecting business/industry sites for community classrooms, please consider the following:
Solicit businesses that have adequate facilities, equipment, and high ethical, business, and safety standards. Make sure the business understands the purpose of the training partnership and can provide students with the experiences as identified on the Individualized Training Plan (ITP), as well as proper supervision. Make sure no other district or ROP is using the site. However, it may be worth contacting the district that established the original agreement to see if the site can be shared. If the originating district agrees to share the site, the district must inform the County ROP Administration. If an affiliation agreement hasn't been issued for the business you are interested in, but the site is located in a neighboring district, please make a courtesy call to that district to let them know of your intentions. If you have a business in mind that is located in another ROP's service delivery area, request that the County ROP Administration inquire as to the availability of the site.
Individualized Training (ITP)
For every student in a course utilizing the community classroom methodology, an Individualized Training Plan (ITP) must exist (see Sample_ITP). A copy of the plan should be with the teacher and a copy provided to the community classroom site supervisor so that both teacher and supervisor can track progress. The ITP should be filled out and dated at the beginning of the course. If the ITP is filled out just prior to the students going to the community classroom sites, all of the classroom instruction provided prior to the dating of the ITP will NOT count toward the three class period per week average.