Virtual School Meanderings

July 29, 2013

EDTECH597 – Guest Blog Re-Post: Online Credit Recovery Trends

This is the first entry in Week 8 of my EDTECH597 – Blogging In The Classroom.

This guest blog entry was originally posted on the Sevenstar Blog and re-posted here.  I have agreed to periodically post these entries over the course of the summer. Comments have been closed on this entry, but if you want to interact with the author please visit the original entry.  As is the tradition at Virtual School Meanderings, this will be the only entry today (minus of course the EDTECH597 entry posted first thing this morning).

“Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” – Proverbs 22:6

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A Christian education aims to give students the academic and spiritual tools to walk with confidence onto their post-graduation path. Failing a class sets a student back educationally, shakes his or her foundation, and can start a cycle that leads to dropping out. Christian educators are driven to provide all students the opportunities to succeed. Online credit recovery is the latest tool for guiding struggling students back on track.

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June 17, 2013

Guest Blog Re-Post: Keeping The Faith In Summer School

This guest blog entry was originally posted on the Sevenstar Blog and re-posted here.  I have agreed to periodically post these entries over the course of the summer. Comments have been closed on this entry, but if you want to interact with the author please visit the original entry.  As is the tradition at Virtual School Meanderings, this will be the only entry today (minus of course the EDTECH597 entry posted first thing this morning).

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Every schoolópublic or privateówill have students fall behind. It is the schools that recognize the problem and find a solution that truly make a difference in education. Traditionally, when students fail a course they are required to recover their credits in summer school. Credit recovery means a student will not fall behind his or her classmates come fall. For too long, Christian schools have either avoided offering summer school or settled for referring students to non-Christian options for credit recovery. In both cases, Christian schools miss out on the opportunity to fulfill their mission with their current students and reach new families with Christian education. It is understandable; summer school is expensive, summer staffing can be difficult to secure, and of course, there is the question of access to adequate facilities during the summer.

A model for a Christian summer school

Summer school instilled with Christian values is about accountability, opportunity, and ministry.

  • Accountability. Summer school provides accountability for when a student’s grades do not reach the school’s academic requirements. Through summer school students are allowed to redeem themselves and recover the failed credit.
  • Opportunity. Summer school provides an opportunity for some students to get ahead academically. These courses provide a chance for a student to take required courses outside of the school year and grow academically. A Christian summer school provides an opportunity for growth. A school has the opportunity to increase its value to current families and community members by offering additional academic services to its students. Providing such a service may also attract new students, creating the opportunity to build relationships, and result in new enrollments in the school.
  • Ministry. At the core of a Christian education is ministry. A Christian school that frames its summer school program with a Christian teaching staff and Christ-centered curriculum not only extends its ministry of Christian education to current students, but also opens the door to connect with new students seeking options for the summer months. A recent survey of Christian schools who partner with Sevenstar showed that 40 percent of summer school students enroll full-time at their school.

The summer school online solution

The pros outweigh the cons when Christian schools offer an online summer school program. Until now, implementing a summer school program has been challenging for Christian schools. Because of staffing, finances, or space concerns, students often are sent to a public summer school. This gap in a Christian education can be filled with online learning. With online learning, Christian schools have found that they can quickly, easily, and cost-effectively deliver a summer school program that raises the academic bar, improves school competitiveness, and expands the ministry of Christian education.

The benefits of online learning for Christian summer school programs

  • Online courses require fewer faculty resources.
  • Online classes can be taken whenever a student has free time, at home, during school, or on the road.
  • Online credit recovery is adaptable. Students will not waste time reviewing skills they have already mastered.
  • Online learning now integrates Christian values. As online learning has emerged to prove its need in the classroom, Christian educators have merged faith with this technology.

A Christian School Educator’s Guide to Summer School Online

Online learning can be used to revive or start a summer school program at a Christian school. Learn more about it in our new white paper, Online Opportunities for Christian Schools. Download this free resource for Christian educators using the link below.

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This guest blog entry was originally posted on the Sevenstar Blog and re-posted here. I have agreed to periodically post these entries over the course of the summer. Comments have been closed on this entry, but if you want to interact with the author please visit the original entry.  As is the tradition at Virtual School Meanderings, this will be the only entry today (minus the EDTECH597 entry posted first thing this morning).

April 28, 2012

This Summer, Get Effective Credit Recovery Options for Your Students

From Thursday’s inbox…

ACCESS YOUR ONLINE ENROLLMENT KIT
855.281.4020To enroll your students or learn more, call us toll free. Representatives are available weekdays 8 AM to 8 PM (ET).


The Keystone Difference

Since our founding in 1974, we’ve helped more than 200,000 students from 5,250 schools through our credit recovery program.


Keystone Highlights

  • From algebra to earth science, choose from more than 40 units
  • Available for grades 5–12
  • Fully accredited
  • Select online or correspondence course options
  • Flexible program accommodates family vacations, work, or other committments

 

View it online if you
can’t read this e-mail.
Get students back on track this summer with an affordable, proven credit recovery program
Dear Michael Barbour,For those who’ve already enrolled students in our credit recovery program, I’d like to say thank you. If you’re still considering what we have to offer, I’d like to remind you how effectively Keystone can help your struggling students.Keystonehas helped more than 200,000 students from 5,250 schools recover credits with these benefits:

  • Flexible. Each unit of coursework is self-contained, so students can take our program anywhere.
  • Designed for Independent Study. Students work at their own pace.
  • Affordable. Course units start at just $109.
  • Proven. More than 90% of the students who enter our program satisfactorily complete the work needed to receive credit from their school.

In March, we mailed you a complete enrollment kit, which details the variety of courses available in our catalog for grades 5–12. As the end of the year approaches, please consider how Keystone can get your students back on track.

To offer your students a proven credit recovery solution, simply call us at 855.281.4020, use the enrollment form you should have received in the mail, or download the complete enrollment kit.

We look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

Gary Myers, Provost

Call us at 1-800-255-4937        Visit us online at www.keystoneschoolonline.com
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March 12, 2012

Get Proven Credit Recovery: 90%+ Success Rate at 5,000 Schools

From the inbox this morning…

ACCESS YOUR ONLINE ENROLLMENT KIT
800.255.4937

To enroll your students or learn more, call us toll free. Representatives are available weekdays 8 AM to 8 PM (ET).


The Keystone Difference

We’ve helped more than 200,000 students from 5,250 schools through our credit recovery program.


Keystone at a Glance

Keystone Credit Recovery courses are:

Flexible. Each unit of coursework is self-contained, so students can take our program anywhere.

Designed for Independent Study. Students work at their own pace.

Affordable. Course units start at just $109.

Proven. More than 90% of the students who enter our program satisfactorily complete the work needed to receive credit from their school.

View it online if you
can’t read this e-mail.
Get students back on track this summer with an affordable, proven credit recovery program
Dear Michael Barbour,

For some students, a credit recovery course can be a lifesaver. And for nearly 40 years, Keystone has helped struggling students stay at grade level, and graduate. In fact, Keystone has helped more than 200,000 students from 5,250 schools recover credits.

We’ve recently mailed you a complete enrollment kit for this summer. As the end of the year approaches, please consider how Keystone can get your students back on track.

Within our complete credit recovery course catalog are more than 40 units available to students in grades 5–12. Students can take English, math, social studies and science, earn passing grades, and move on to the next grade level—or graduate on time with their classmates.

Students can choose from online or correspondence courses, but no matter the course type, students will find a flexible, affordable, and fully accredited program that accommodates family vacations, work, or other committments. Courses start at just $109 per unit.

To offer your students a proven credit recovery solution, simply call us at 800.255.4937, use the enrollment form you should have received in the mail, or download the complete enrollment kit.

We look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

Steven L. Rayzer, MEd
Principal, The Keystone School

Call us at 1-800-255-4937        Visit us online at www.keystoneschoolonline.com
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Please do not reply to this message as replies to this message are routed to an unmonitored mailbox.

K¹² respects your right to privacy. You are receiving this e-mail because you indicated an interest in K¹² products.

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K12 Certified School

February 23, 2012

Credit Recovery And More: A District’s Use Of Online Learning: Register Now

From yesterday’s inbox…

Web Seminars from District Administration
The changing face of online learning
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 2pm, ETIncreasingly, school districts adopt online learning to meet one need and quickly find new opportunities to expand the initiative to help other students. That’s the changing nature of online learning, exemplified in the experience at Spotsylvania County Public Schools in Virginia. Join us for a case study examining how Spotsylvania began using Aventa Learning by K12 for credit recovery in an alternative school and soon expanded its use for a variety of purposes in all five of its high schools.

Topics to be covered include:

  • How teachers can customize online courses for individual students.
  • Using online courses in a blended model with classroom teachers.
  • How online courses used for credit recovery can reduce the need for summer school.
  • Moving online courses beyond credit recovery to help all students take classes that don’t fit in their schedule, or AP courses not offered by the school.

Register Now

Who will benefit:
Superintendents, curriculum directors, technology coordinators and other district leaders with responsibility for online learning. Anyone may attend.

Continuing Education Certification:
All attendees of this live web seminar will receive confirmation of their participation, which may be used for purposes of CEU certification where applicable.

 
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District Administration produces Web seminars on topics of critical importance in the K12 arena. Featuring the leadership insights of key education and industry experts, these live events are free of charge for viewers. District Administration Web seminars are moderated by DA’s Web seminar director, JD Solomon, and are sponsored by leading solutions providers and technology innovators.

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Speakers:

Janis Streich - Director of Instructional Technology and Professional Learning, Spotsylvania County Public Schools, Virginia.

Gregg Levin - Senior Vice President, School Solutions; Aventa Learning by K12.

 

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