Leaders in Blended and Personalized Learning

Leaders in Blended and Personalized Learning

Dr. Christopher Ray

Dr. Christopher Ray is a visionary leader who, over the past eight years, has assembled an outstanding group of educators to successfully develop a full-time grades 4 - 12 blended/online school. Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC) is recognized as one of the best online schools in the nation. Though his leadership, Gwinnett Online Campus is transforming education throughout the Gwinnett County Public School district which is the 13th largest public school district in the nation. Through the full-time school or supplemental program, over 3,700 students take courses at GOC each year. All of the digital content is developed by GOC teachers resulting in high academic achievement. With a systems management philosophy, Dr. Ray continually dreams big about the future. His goal is to transform the way instruction is delivered and go beyond the traditional school paradyms of the past. Through the development of many innovative blended models, Gwinnett Online Campus has proven that blended learning can bring outstanding academic results. Dr. Ray focuses on individual's strengths with a focus on excellence. He believes in building the capacity of each individual and sets high expectations for continued growth and development. Each year, staff, parent, and student surveys reveal high satisfaction for the overall school program. Every public school district in the greater Atlanta area and surrounding counties have visited Gwinnett Online Campus to learn how blended learning is implemented and leveraged across the district. Major technology companies also recognize GOC as being a leader in online education and a trailblazer for the future.

THE EDTECH AWARDS 2019 | Lighting the Way

Leadership Finalist

Dr. Christopher Ray, Gwinnett Online Campus Principal, is a 2019 Ed Tech Awards Finalist in the category for Leadership - School Leader


Current Organizational Strengths

• Recognized as a leader in online/blended learning envisioning the future of education
• Maintaining high capacity for the development and implementation of innovative blended models
• Strong training processes and support systems for teachers resulting in effective online/blended instruction
• Delivering creative solutions to design instructional programs involving complex systems
• Utilizing collaborative vertical teams spanning grades 4 – 12 to continue improving instruction
• Sustaining a culture of high expectations for staff and students resulting in high achievement
• Full-digital content library aligned to AKS
• Focusing on the development of online lessons using digital instructional design to support personalized learning

Vision for the Future of Gwinnett Online Campus

Gwinnett Online Campus will continue to be a leader in digital design as GOC continues to deliver transformational instruction across the district. Since becoming a full-time online/blended school in 2011, the leadership team at Gwinnett Online Campus has developed numerous innovative blended learning models currently implemented throughout the district.

Current Innovative Blended Models

Full-time School

The full-time school has been in operation since 2011 and currently includes grades 4-12. As part of the instructional delivery model, full-time students attend interactive face-to-face learning labs and CORE labs, which are live streamed and recorded. In addition to the instructional learning model, students also have various social and service opportunities through student leadership team, clubs, and rich experiences.

   Full-time School


 ES Blended  

Elementary Blended Model

GOC has collaborated with Dyer Elementary to develop a 4th and 5th grade blended classroom environment. Both face-to-face and online instruction using full digital content takes place each day. Students receive language arts and math instruction from a homeroom teacher, while GOC online teachers deliver social studies and science classes. Student achievement is high and this model shows tremendous promise for replication to other elementary schools.


Middle School Blended Model

GOC has developed a blended middle school model in which local middle schools partner with GOC to deliver online courses to face-to-face students in two different models. The first model is a whole class approach in which students all take the same GOC course together during the school day. The second model is an a la carte model in which many students take a variety of classes at the same time. Both models utilize a GOC teacher as the teacher-of-record and a local school staff member monitoring the students.

   MS Blended


 MS HS Supplemental  

Middle & High School Supplemental Program

Per GA Senate Bill 289, students enrolled in any Georgia school can take up to five online classes as part of their regular school day. GOC serves as the GCPS provider for SB 289. The variety of courses that GOC offers goes beyond what a typical high school offers, such as trailer courses, block courses, and various electives and pathways, providing students with more options to earn credits.


GOC High School Centers

GOC Centers are located at five high schools to facilitate GOC classes; students take online courses during their regular school schedule with support from a trained facilitator/teacher in a GOC Center specifically designed for blended instruction.



 Graduate Gwinnett  

Graduate Gwinnett

Graduate Gwinnett offers flexibility for at-risk or dropout students to complete coursework for graduation. Students complete one online course at a time during a 20-day session; teacher support is provided both on-campus and through virtual sessions. Since the creation of this program in 2015, GOC has graduated over 200 students.


Gear Up

The Gear Up program serves 8th graders in 5 middle schools who are not on track for graduation by providing additional Carnegie unit courses to catch them back up to enter high school on track for graduation. GOC provides Health/PE, Healthcare Science, Intro to Digital Technology and Intro to Business Technology; in addition to acting as the online teacher-of-record, GOC teachers provide face-to-face instruction 1-2 days per week.

   Gear Up


GIVE Centers

GIVE Centers

GOC provides online courses In classrooms designed to support student success. Designed similar to GOC Centers at the high schools, GOC’s work with the GIVE centers has helped lower the dropout and truancy rates by helping students stay on track for graduation as they work through online courses.


Piedmont College
Masters & Doctorate Courses

Gwinnett Online Campus has partnered with Piedmont College to utilize the Interactive Classrooms in the evenings. Piedmont professors teach masters and doctorate level courses to students coming to the campus and virtually across the state of Georgia. This partnership has resulted in the creation of blended environments specifically catering to the needs of adult learners.



Personalized Learning Development

Gwinnett Online Campus is on a journey to provide a personalized learning experience for students. Teachers at Gwinnett Online Campus are dedicated to individual student success. Student-centered, personalized learning will continue to be a focus for GOC in the future. A thoughtful analysis of course blueprints will direct digital designers in the creation of enrichment and remediation lessons and activities to provide all students with access to a customized and challenging education fit to their individual needs. Additionally, an instructional strategies Professional Learning Community is focusing researching and implementing best practices of digital design and learning in the blended/online environment. By aligning each course activity and resource with associated standards, teachers will be able to differentiate the learning experience for each student to meet each students’ individual needs. Course designs will include a variety of formative assessments, students will have the opportunity to take ownership of their learning by demonstrating mastery through customized learning pathways.

Educational Partners

Gwinnett Online Campus has partnered with numerous technology companies to create unique learning environments. The integration of many different technologies enables Gwinnett Online Campus to deliver instruction seamlessly for students and teachers. We are proud to maintain a close working relationship with the following companies.

Business Partners

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