Virtual School Meanderings

March 3, 2010

[DEOS-L] Dissertation Request

mol-qmI received this message in my inbox yesterday from the DEOS-L listserve and I would encourage folks to consider participating if they are eligible and able.

This a  repeat request, and I apologize to those of you who may not want to continue  receiving these requests. I still have a need to more participants. I am currently conducting a study on the MarylandOnline Quality Matters model. In  particular for this study, I am seeking instructional design experts to participate in the review of courses designated as quality online courses by  Quality Matters, but I am in need of other faculty and administrators as well.  If you have been trained to be a Quality Matters reviewer, I would like to  invite you to be a part of this study. If interested, please email me at rmaskmonroe-at-aol-dot-com.

Rose Monroe

August 13, 2009

[DEOS-L] 3rd Request For Participants For Online Study On The MarylandOnline Quality Matters Model

mol-qmThis showed up in my inbox yesterday.  Some of my K-12 online learning readers may be in a position to participate – and if so I always encourage you to consider contributing to any research endeavour.

Hello,

This  is my third request. I still have a need to more participants. I am currently  conducting a study on the MarylandOnline Quality Matters model. In particular  for this study, I am seeking instructional design experts to participate in the  review of courses designated as quality online courses by Quality Matters. If  you have been trained to be a Quality Matters reviewer, I would like to invite  you to be a part of this study. If interested, please email me at rmaskmonroe@aol.com .

Rose Monroe
Rmaskmonroe@aol.com

June 20, 2009

If You Happen To Be In Perry Hall On Monday…

I saw this on The Virtual Education Blog

Meet and Greet on June 22nd

Basically, from 5:00pm-8:30pm on Monday 22 June 2009 at the Perry Hall Public Library (9685 Honeygo Boulevard – Perry Hall, MD) there will be an opportunity to meet folks from the Emerging Minds of Maryland non-profit group and see what K-12 online learning opportunities available in that state are all about.  So, if you’re in the area check it out.

And if you’re not familiar with this program in Maryland, check out The story of Emerging Minds of Maryland (EMoM).

March 14, 2009

More Legislative News: Maryland This Time Around

Earlier this evening virtualparent sent me via Twitter links for two bills related to virtual schooling before legislators in Maryland:

Thanks Amy…

March 13, 2009

More Legislative News

Since we are talking about legislation today (see Funding And Legislative Issues In Ohio For K-12 Online Learning), last week sometime I also saw this come across my Twitter stream (thanks Mickey):

Tweet on K-12 online learning

Tweet on K-12 online learning

This link took you to An Act concerning Education – Public Schools – Virtual Schools (and I don’t have time to look through the bill in detail here now, but will try next week).  Later that day Twitter user virtualparent sent me two Tweets with the following stories:

Baltimore County parents push for online instruction: For-profit program provided free last year was discontinued for lack of funds
By Arin Gencer | arin.gencer@baltsun.com
8:50 PM EST, March 3, 2009

A group of Baltimore County parents whose children participated in an online learning program that the school system did not fund this year has formed an organization to push for access to alternative education throughout the state.

The founders of Emerging Minds of Maryland, which is incorporating this week, were among several parents who for months repeatedly urged the school board to find money to continue a one-year pilot program. The online Connections Academy gave their children a chance to learn in ways the conventional classroom did not – and at their own pace, the parents said.

Emerging Minds Of Maryland

Emerging Minds of Maryland Launches New ‘Virtual School Option’ Advocacy Group

Emerging Minds of Maryland was created by a group of parents committed to expanding the opportunity for students in Maryland to participate in the entire range of online or “virtual” school options, they are launching their efforts today.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRLog (Press Release) – Mar 03, 2009 – Baltimore, MD –Emerging Minds of Maryland (http://www.emergingmindsinc.org) was created by a group of parents committed to expanding the opportunity for students in Maryland to participate in the entire range of online or “virtual” school options.  There are twenty-one states that provide a full-time virtual opportunity to public school students and many more provide extensive supplemental instruction.  This emerging and exciting form of schooling has had limited use in Maryland and is not available to most students.

What is a Virtual School Option?

Virtual schools provide students with the opportunity to use computers, print and online textbooks, lab equipment, and art supplies and much more outside of the traditional classroom, often at home, while interacting with certified teachers and other students via the Internet. It affords families an alternative when their child is not succeeding in a traditional environment, including students who are gifted, have special needs, and are in need of remediation or a flexible schedule. In addition, virtual instruction can be the optimal choice for a child facing bullying, health issues, expulsion, pregnancy or experiencing any educational hindrance. This is an innovative alternative for students who are falling between the cracks in brick and mortar schools.

I’ll be honest and say that I don’t know much about this Emerging Minds of Maryland program.  For example, I don’t know if it is public or charter or private.  I don’t know if it is designed to be supplemental or full-time (although I get the sense that it is largely for full-time students).  I don’t know how the proposed legislation cam about – for example, was it in response to programs like these in Maryland (as we have seen with legislation in Wisconsin and Ohio) or was it to allow for or for the growth of these kinds of programs (like in Illinois).

If we have readers who can shed some more light on this issue, please let us know…

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