Independent OpenCourseWare Studies – Unleashing the Power of OpenCourseWare for Secondary Students

Principal Eric Sheninger and educator Juliana Meehan discussed the evolving model of their Independent OpenCourseWare Studies (IOCS) program, which was implemented this year at New Milford High School.  Eric and Juliana shared how their program has paved the way for their high school students to choose from a dizzying array of OpenCourseWare offered by the country’s best universities – MIT, Harvard, Yale, University of California at Berkeley, Stanford, and many others – for high school credit. They also described the work of their first group of IOCS students, what they learned as educators from the experience, and what changes they have planned to improve the program for future students.

Quotes from the session:

“I work at a school for the deaf — captioning is always something we are looking for. I’d love for our students to have access to these courses.”

“GREAT IDEA!!  Allows students to connect!!

“Thank you for your time and having such a great program.  It’s inspiring!”


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Presented by Juliana Meehan, educator at Tenafly Middle School (NJ) and administrative intern at New Milford High School

Eric Sheninger is Principal at New Milford High School (NJ).  Eric has emerged as an innovative leader in the use of social media and web 2.0 technology.  Eric is an NASSP Digital Principal Award winner (2012), PDK Emerging Leader Award recipient (2013), co-author of “Communicating and Connecting With Social Media: Essentials for Principals,” and was named to the NSBA “20 to Watch” list in 2010 for technology leadership.  He presents and speaks nationally to assist other school leaders to embrace and effectively utilize technology.
Juliana Meehan is an English teacher. She is currently teaching reading and writing to sixth graders at Tenafly Middle School in NJ. Juliana is completing coursework towards her principal’s certification. In addition to her pioneering work with Eric Sheninger, Juliana is co-advisor to the Citizens of the World club at TMS, where her students Skype with others around the globe..

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