Virtual School Meanderings

July 9, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with eSchool News Today.

Edgenuity launches online gradebook

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Edgenuity, a provider of online and blended learning solutions, launched of a robust new teacher Gradebook at ISTE 2016. The Gradebook tool enables teachers to monitor student engagement, progress, and…

Next, Education Week’s EDWeek Update.


Harvard Business School Examines K-12 Blended Learning

Downington, Pa., school district’s blended learning program captured Harvard’s attention because of its efforts to measure effectiveness and initiate a change in district culture. Read more.

(Education Week)

Similarly, Education Week’s Digital Directions.

Smithsonian Launches Online Learning Lab for Teachers

The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access has released a free online toolkit allowing educators to easily use its resources and collections in the classroom. Read more.

(Digital Education)

Three ESSA Catchphrases Your Digital-Content Marketing Material Needs Now

District leaders place different values on seeing ESSA-focused terms like “evidence-based” and “nonacademic” factors in digital content providers’ marketing materials, a new, proprietary Education Week Research Center survey finds. Preview this article on EdWeek Market Brief.

(EdWeek Market Brief)

Next, the semi-regular MiddleWeb SmartBrief.

Alternative middle school focuses on PBL, blended learning

A New Mexico school district will reopen an alternative middle school that will use project-based and blended learning to engage students struggling in traditional settings. The school will offer mixed-grade, small classes equipped with digital tools and an on-site cybercafe, greenhouse and commercial kitchen.
Las Cruces Sun-News (N.M.) (7/7)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

OPS to test virtual education program with home-schooled students in grades K-8

Free from the walls of a traditional classroom, kids enrolled in Nebraska’s first K-8 virtual school could have access to 3-D printers and a full menu of …

Kids have learning options

Even though they are called a ‘virtual school’, the learning environment … Every year, Abbotsford Virtual School supports thousands of learners with …

A meteorologic rise for schools, restaurant

… technology and servers to online education systems around the country, including the Florida Virtual School and Leon County Virtual School.

Changes for virtual school, science classes for local students

Virtual Education leaders told the group assembles that the goal is to strengthen thevirtual school programs and make them more accessible for more …

Bay District hopes to boost Virtual School program

Changes are coming to the Bay Virtual School program in the next academic year as the district hopes to increase enrollment and retention while …

Bay District hopes to boost Virtual School program

Bay District hopes to boost Virtual School program … PANAMA CITY — Changes are coming to the Bay Virtual School program in the next academic …

Florida Virtual School offers boating program

Celeste Sanchez, district relations manager with Outdoor Education at Florida Virtual School, visited the ABC Action News studios recently. Sanchez …

Featured letter: Don’t destroy public virtual schools

This week school choice advocates and education reformers from around the country have descended on Nashville for the National Alliance of Public …

OPS to test virtual education program with home-schooled students in grades K-8

Free from the walls of a traditional classroom, kids enrolled in Nebraska’s first K-8virtual school could have access to 3-D printers and a full menu of …

Worcester Students to Attend College After Graduating From MA Virtual School

Worcester Students Michaela Smith and Gabriella Rodriguez will attend college after graduating this June from TEC Connections Academy, …

USDs and school finance fix: There are winners and losers

The legislation froze funding for full-time virtual school students at the 2015-16 level in order to free up nearly $3 million for the equity fix for poorer …

A meteorologic rise for schools, restaurant

… has provided real-time weather stations in each school district in the state. … including the Florida Virtual School and Leon County Virtual School.

Latest school funding changes to lower property tax in Lawrence

Changes made to the school funding formula by the Kansas Legislature … generated through a $2.8 million reduction in state aid for virtual schools.

A year later, school prayer lawsuit lingers in negotiations

Jake Bellar, then 17, enrolls for online classes last fall at Hoosier Academies-Virtual School from his New Chicago home after choosing to no longer …

Even in Virtual Classrooms, Teachers Build Bonds that Help Students Learn

Now, in a virtual school, I struggle to build a meaningful student-teacher relationship reaching the same impact in digital environment. A flood of …

Cornerstone dealing with tough budget decisions

No programs are being cut, in fact, the Cyberstone Virtual School services are being expanded to from Grades 10 to 12 to now include Grades 8 and 9 …

LIMESTONE COUNTY SCHOOLS: Superintendent talks future plans

This photo taken with an unmanned aerial vehicle shows work is nearly complete on the $3.2 million expansion of the Limestone County Career …

Arkansas Connections Academy hires first principal

… and families are encouraged to attend an upcoming information session in-person or online to find out if virtual school is the right fit for their students …

Low but Steady Engagement in Online Courses Better Than Diminishing Engagement

The study, conducted in the fall 2014 semester, included all Wisconsin Virtual School advanced placement, core and elective high school course …

Flagler School District maintained its “B” grade despite a new grading system

The franchise virtual school, iFlagler, earned a “B” as enrollment in the program expanded. “We stand behind the hard work of our students, teachers, …

K12 Inc. Reaches $2.5 Million Settlement with State of California with Resolution of All Claims, No …

… parents to request counseling sessions prior to student start dates to discuss the benefits and challenges of learning in a virtual school environment; …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Penn Hills OKs 2016-17 budget, cyber charter school for elementary students

Penn Hills School District leaders on Monday approved creating a cyber charter academy for elementary school students to entice cyber and charter …

Cyber charters wasteful, ineffective (letters)

One area of potential savings is to decrease funding to cyber charter schools operated by private companies. Privately operated cyber charter schools …

Charter school finds temporary home for fall

The Livingston Classical Academy cyber charter school will temporarily be housed at Whitmore Lake Public Schools for the upcoming school year …

Pennsylvania Virtual Cyber Charter 2016 grad profile: Destiny Roque

Attending cyber school also helped her avoid “some of the drama and … in many activities, such as the Pennsylvania Virtual Scholars Academy.

Local school districts keeping kids’ brains sharp this summer

P-O offers summer school to students through the district’s cyber program, but also runs through Keystone Recovery — a correspondence course, …

Cyber school tuition criticized as unfair

HARRISBURG — A festering dispute over the state’s 13 cyber schools, their funding and students’ sagging test scores is reigniting in Harrisburg.

Judge opens cyber school for juvenile delinquents

A cyber school designed to reintegrate juvenile delinquents into society held its opening ceremony on Monday in a conference room of the Uijeongbu …


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