Virtual School Meanderings

December 2, 2012

Sevenstar Newsletter ★ Keep Students on the Learning Edge in 2013

Kind of appropriate for a Sunday (i.e., newsletter from a Christian K-12 online learning program)…

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Sevenstar Newsletter
Issue 6, No. 10
November 2012

News and Opportunities


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Keep Students on the Learning Edge in 2013

Want to offer new courses to your students next year? Sevenstar provides schools with AP, Dual Credit, Credit Recovery, and 90+ Courses for 6-12 grade students who want more academic offerings.

From now until December 31, 2012, we have a promotion to help schools start a new online program with Sevenstar. Get more details on the promotion by inquiring about a school partnership below.

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Ready to offer online courses in 2013? Contact us to learn how your school can begin an online program through our end of year promotion.

New Webinar – Practical Steps for Starting an Online Program

Learn practical steps for starting an online program from the VP of Sales at Sevenstar. Bob Kraft has six years of applied experience guiding Christian school leaders to the best solutions for their academic needs.

In this webinar, you will discover:
– Why schools partner vs. build their own online program
– How much time it typically takes to get started
– What Sevenstar can do to make it easier
– How to make your program financially sustainable
– What the typical benefits are for schools

Watch Now to learn how to provide a greater variety of flexible learning opportunities at your school.

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New Presentations for School Leaders

Anytime, Everywhere, Personalized Learning

Susan Patrick, CEO of iNACOL, describes how innovation is enabling schools to succeed with personalized online and blended learning. As a K-12 nonprofit association leader, Susan explains how schools can provide next-generation courses that measure mastery and deliver more personalized learning experiences.

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Best Practices for Implementing a Blended Model of Instruction

Lisa Gillis present best practices for implementing blended programs at private K-12 schools. As a passionate advocate for more choice and opportunity in education, Lisa has guided numerous blended learning projects and helped school leaders fulfill the promise of digital learning.


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Fall Conference Recap

ACSI ICEC ASIA – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Pictured: Dr. Mark Beadle and Lou Ann Beadle at ACSI ICEC Asia Sevenstar was excited to attend ICEC, where we hosted an elephant ride through the jungle (see photo above). ICEC is a unique conference for the international Christian school community, which attracts a multinational collection of practitioners and experts to present a wide range of topics to enrich educational practice. Dr. Beadle had the privilege of giving several presentations at ICEC and visit many of our partner schools while touring Asia.

Missed ICEC? Dr. Beadle’s presentations are available online:

SBACS Roundtable Meeting – Orlando, USA

Sevenstar was pleased to sponsor an administrator lunch at the SBACS 10th Annual Business Administrators’ Roundtable. Ty Orton of Sevenstar presented on the financial issues and long term solutions that are needed at many Christian Schools. He explained how online courses have helped struggling schools achieve financial sustainability and what the growth in online learning means for the future of education. Missed this SBACS roundtable? Download the materials here:

Christian Schools, Finances and Online Education:
Are you Ready for a New Wineskin?

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Future SBACS Roundtable Meetings

Need an English Language Tutor?

ELL/ESL courses are an affordable way for students to interact one-on-one with English tutors. Students will work towards speaking English fluently, even if they do not live in an English speaking country.

Want to see more? Explore the ELL/ESL Website. Have your students take a free English Level Test and to try a Sample Lesson.

Explore ELL/ESL

Get Students Back on Track Next Semester

Why wait until summer? Credit Rescue gives students the opportunity to repeat a course to improve their grade now. Any student who has taken a traditional or online course and was not academically successful, may enroll in an online Credit Rescue course to earn a credit.

Watch the Credit Rescue Intro

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Apply for the National Blue Ribbon School Award

The private school application packet, timeline, and rules are now available on CAPE’s Website for the National Blue Ribbon School Award. The program includes some new guidance and several revisions to the essay questions, so be sure to read the packet and guidance carefully.

Best of success with your application. Today is the last day to register!

Apply Here

Speak Up 2012 – Survey Now Open

The Speak Up National Research Project provides participating schools, districts, and non-profit organizations with a suite of online surveys and reports to collect feedback from students, educators and parents.

The top reasons private schools participate are to:
• Collect unique data from stakeholders
• Conduct a needs assessment
• Create a vision and strategic plan for 21st century learning
• Use the data to create and inform technology initiatives

If your school is a current partner, please enter the code “Sevenstar” to be added to the compilation report of all the schools we serve.

Take the Speak Up 2012 Survey Now

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Speak Up 2012

Welcome New Partner Schools!

- American International School (Ghana)
– Charlotte United Christian Academy (NC)
– International World Academy Limited (Hong Kong)
– River City Believers Academy (TX)
– Knight Academy, Mountain Mission School (VA)
– Wesleyan Christian Academy (NC)
– International Academy of St. Petersburg (Russia)

Devotional – The Power of One Hope

I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High. – Psalm 7:17

There are many reasons to offer thanks to God. He has done so much for us. He has given us so much. He treats us better than we deserve. But, this verse gives us a little perspective. We can thank Him for being right.

He is right when He blesses us with the things we ask and with those things for which we don’t even think of asking. He is also right when He withholds those things we ask for so fervently. He is right when He guides us so clearly and obviously. He is also right when His path is more obscure and we know He is there only through the exercising of our faith. In the times we do not get what we want, what we think we need, when we think we should get them, or have our circumstances worked out according to our plans, we can thank Him for being right. We can thank Him for blessing us in spite of ourselves. We can thank Him for loving us enough to sometimes, the right times, say no.

During this season of thankfulness, let us offer our abundant thanks for the innumerable blessings from our generous Father, but let us also offer sincere thanks for the times God was right and did right even when it wasn’t what we wanted.

Photo credit: Rick Jernberg. “Autumn Clock.” Thanksgiving. Stock Exchange. 3 November, 2012.

News

Leadership – How to Drive Technology Innovation in Schools

The Principal of New Milford High School in New Jersey shares his successful story on integrating technology in his school. He is an advocate for having a coherent vision, connecting with fellow educators through social media, and understanding of the value of technology. He also writes about the need for professional development, support, and staff that embraces technology.

Read More at SmartBlog on Education

Why Online Learning is the Greatest Innovation in Education

Education is about to change dramatically. The reason is the power of the Web, big-data, and the low-cost of powerful technology. With these changes, it is now possible to stream video classes with sophisticated interactive elements and use student data to make teaching more effective.

Read more at Technology Review

Florida Virtual School® Students Outperform State Average In AP Courses

Despite claims that online and blended learning students are underperforming, Florida Virtual School® (FLVS) students are excelling at meeting global expectations in learning. FLVS announced that students enrolled in its 15 Advanced Placement® (AP) courses outperformed Florida state averages by 12 percent, equal to global averages.
Note: FLVS provides AP Courses to Sevenstar

Read More at Getting Smart

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