boces logo 0203Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Chooses Cranium Cafe to Connect Students with Instructors in Virtual Advanced Placement Program

Cranium Cafe today announced that the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) has selected Cranium Cafe to better serve their remote Advanced Placement (AP) students in college readiness and academic success. The Cranium Cafe platform will enrich learning by bringing these remotely located students & professors together in virtual meetings that match in-person collaboration capabilities.

As an organization, Jefferson-Lewis BOCES supports educational programs for 36 New York school districts in areas of career/technical education, programs for exceptional students, shared teacher services, staff development, curriculum development, and more. They serve 18 component districts and more than 28,000 K-12 students.

As a part of New York State’s Virtual Learning Initiative, Jefferson-Lewis BOCES was awarded a grant to provide low-income students better access to AP courses. With this grant, the Virtual Advanced Placement (VAP) program has been working rigorously to develop and offer virtual & blended AP courses in order expand course offerings among local school districts.

Instructor Lisa Winkler, who teaches several AP science courses, found Cranium Cafe after browsing Canvas’ available apps and thought it could be the solution she had been seeking. As her students live and attend schools across New York, the VAP Program has been looking for ways to offer their students deeper and more meaningful interaction than offered by email. Winkler, along with VAP eLearning Specialist Adam Deyoe, both site the intuitive navigation, screen sharing, student self-scheduling, and in-meeting joined document annotation as aspects that will prove particularly impactful for their students.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Jefferson-Lewis BOCES to the Cranium Cafe family,” says CEO Tracy Gorham. “Our missions are so closely aligned — we’re both driven to offer meaningful educational experiences to more students… to really democratize the kind of education that’s been offered to a small group for a long time. It’s an honor to work with such exceptional people.”

Cranium Cafe enhances Jefferson-Lewis BOCES’ ability to engage its students, track meeting analytics for meeting hours spent with students, and provide exceptional virtual student services for students across their 36 districts.

To learn more about Cranium Cafe and how you can implement it at your institution, visit the Cranium Cafe website.

About Cranium Cafe:
Cranium Cafe offers the in-office experience to off-campus students. This video meeting & collaboration platform was built to democratize personalized student support by offering online meetings that replicate on-campus “walk in” appointments. This platform is cloud-based, FERPA compliant, and requires no download, installation, or special login. To learn more, visit blog.conexed.com.

Contact:
Leslie Brown
Director of Academic Outreach
801.935.4244 | leslie@craniumcafe.com
Twitter: @craniumcafe blog.conexed.com

Leslie Brown

Leslie Brown

Director of Academic Outreach at Cranium Cafe
I'm a higher ed geek and I can usually be found tweeting/blogging/chatting/pondering somewhere about it. Other things I think are awesome: Ender's Game, RadioLab, Game of Thrones, and I have a weird brain crush on the Canvas Network and their interdisciplinary MOOCs. It's just... SO COOL.
Leslie Brown
About the author: Leslie Brown
I'm a higher ed geek and I can usually be found tweeting/blogging/chatting/pondering somewhere about it. Other things I think are awesome: Ender's Game, RadioLab, Game of Thrones, and I have a weird brain crush on the Canvas Network and their interdisciplinary MOOCs. It's just... SO COOL.