Virtual School Meanderings

September 3, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the ASCD SmartBrief.

Keys to Success approach helps district shape digital learning

A school district in Tennessee recently adopted a digital curriculum focused on seven Keys to Success — or goals. In this commentary, Superintendent Chris Marczak describes the Keys to Success model.
eSchool News (free registration) (8/29)

Digital tools to boost math, science lessons

The new school year for fifth-grade math and science teacher Ashley McDowell means 90 math and science students all learning in unique ways. In this blog post, she shares two technology tools she uses to support one-on-one instruction with all students.
SmartBrief/Education (8/30)

Other News

Similarly, the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Is blended learning losing favor among parents?

Fewer parents support blended learning in the classroom, according to a survey from Education Next. Data show about 51% of parents believe at least 30% of instruction should include a computer — compared with 57% of parents who stated they believed this one year ago.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (8/25)

Website spotlights 6 successful blended-learning schools

A website from The Learning Accelerator provides virtual tours of six schools that have successfully adopted blended learning. The site, which also provides resources and materials, aims to highlight how blended learning can work for different populations, namely schools with high numbers of at-risk students.
The Hechinger Report (8/31)

Also, the Connected Educator SmartBrief.

Other News

Next, Education Week’s EdWeek Update.

Self-Paced E-Learning Market Evaporating, Report FindsSelf-Paced E-Learning Market Evaporating, Report Finds

A new report predicts the decline of the self-paced e-learning market and a revenue drop in the billions. Sales of mobile and gamified products, however, are on the rise. Read more.

(Marketplace K-12)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Lawrence schools’ ACT scores continue to exceed state, national averages

The 25 students who took the ACT during the 2015-2016 school year at Lawrence Virtual School, which is part of the Lawrence district but serves …

Cosplay haven in Kyushu opens startup program for artists

KURATE, Fukuoka Prefecture–Kurate Gakuen, a virtual school, opened a business start-up program for designers, musicians and other artists at a …

Decreasing school enrollment could present problems for long-term budget

Among consent items approved was “Virtual School,” a project that partners with the public library to give students free access to digital or online …

Jenkins named OCSD 4 staff person of year

They’re put in a short-term program where they take online classes through the state’s virtual school, she said. The students are able to work at an …

New virtual school offers K-12 students options in education

JACKSON, MI — It’s not often that parents let their kids play video games instead of finishing homework. But at the new South Central Michigan Virtual …

Bossier Schools Virtual Learning Academy expands

“The students over the past three years who have been involved in our virtual school have almost a 90 percent graduation rate and that’s huge, and …

Student count more ebb than flow at Suttons Bay

The remaining 150 students will attend through a “virtual school,” which offers online learning opportunities for transient, homeschooled and other …

Adjusting to new bell schedule might take some time

Enrollments in online courses offered by the North Carolina Virtual Public School, the nation’s second-largest state-supported virtual school, are …

Harnessing Benefits, Reining In Downsides Of Virtual Schools

Last week I offered thoughts on the Fordham Institute’s research paper on e-schools in Ohio titled, “Enrollment and Achievement in Ohio’s Virtual …

Free virtual school option available for students, K-9

EL DORADO — The new Arkansas Connections Academy allows Arkansas students in grades ranging from kindergarten to ninth grade to attend …

New virtual school offers K-12 students options in education

JACKSON, MI — It’s not often that parents let their kids play video games instead of finishing homework. But at the new South Central Michigan Virtual …

Feds Say Virtual Schools Need to Follow Special Ed Rules

Even when the education is delivered online, schools and districts ought to adhere to the needs of children with disabilities. That was the message …

MSD Decatur announces MyLearning Virtual School

The Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township’s new online option: MyLearning Virtual School, a tuition free K-12 school available to all …

Virtual Gaelic school gets funding boost

Gaelic virtual school the E-Sgoil, announced by Gaelic agency Bòrd na Gàidhlig in March, will be based in Stornoway and initially focus on Highers, …

Virtual Academy in Greenfield hires new digital learning director, licenses firstvirtual teacher in state

GREENFIELD — A local teacher has become the first state-licensed virtual education teacher in Massachusetts, according to school staff.

California Virtual Academy @ San Joaquin Begins 2016-17 School Year

BUSINESS WIRE)–Students attending California Virtual Academy @ San Joaquin (CAVA @ San Joaquin), the full-time, online public charter school …

Bossier Schools Virtual Learning Academy expands

Bossier Parish students in grades 6-8 will have the opportunity to enroll in online courses instead of traditional schooling at Bossier Schools’ Virtual …

New online K-8 school serves state

It became the state’s first and only online school serving students in grades … I encourage parents interested in virtual school to do their research by ..

Blended, virtual ed doing well

The addition of blended classes and refining virtual school are two of the ways USD 435 is working to meet the facilities and technology goal of the …

JPS optimistic about enrollment numbers

Jackson Public and the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is opening a newvirtual school today, what the Superintendent calls a re-visioning of …

Connections Academy drums up school spirit

Indiana Connections Academy is an online, tuition-free public school for students in grades K-12 across the state. The virtual school’s curriculum …

Bossier’s Virtual Learning Academy Expanded to Middle School

Graduation rate of the virtual school student is nearly 90%. Students may elect to participate in graduation and other extracurricular activities.

Maier defeats Tomyn, poised to become superintendent

Those schools are Evergreen and Fessenden elementary schools, and Marion Virtual School. Tomyn was first elected in 2012 to replace retiring Jim …

New Public K-12 Virtual School Washington Connections Academy Kicks Off 2016-2017 School Year

Online public school Washington Connections Academy kicked off its first school year on Aug. 29, providing a new option for students in Washington …

Bossier Parish schools offer virtual learning program

I’m really excited,” said Michelle Doolittle, a teacher and the virtual school facilitator. The program offers class flexibility and 24 hour teacher support.

County schools partner with Lockheed Martin

Phase I of the partnership will provide laptops and multi-function printers to outfit the new, onsite learning center for Madison County Virtual School.

Hillsborough set to close online academy, citing ‘mismanagement’ and ‘neglect’

Florida Virtual Academy at Hillsborough County, which serves more than 200 students and is not related to the state’s Florida Virtual School, has …

Grateful that Idaho has school choice

That’s not right because it takes away a parent’s choice and could force students to go back to schools that previously failed them. Virtual school works …

CHANGING lives forever

So, she quit her teaching job and started her virtual school, and teaches 70,000 students Science and Maths to Stds IX to XII, for free.

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Trombetta Guilty Plea Sparks Cyber School Funding Questions

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pa. Cyber Charter School founder Nick Trombetta’s guilty plea may prompt a closer look at the operation of charter schools …

Former CEO of cyber charter school pleads guilty to tax fraud

As CEO of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, Nicholas Trombetta was … taxpayer funds out of PA Cyberand to avoid federal income tax liabilities.

Cyber-charter school founder pleads guilty to tax fraud

The founder and former CEO of a cyber-charter school that educated … school through a network of for-profit and nonprofit companies he controlled.

Letters on cyber charters and school meals

“Free?” The 15 cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania say that the gifts, computers and even the costs of enrollment are “free.” Nothing could be further …

Just seven new charter schools are opening in Mich. this fall

Three of the new charter schools opening this year are cyber schools: PACE, the “Paris Academy of Co-Secondary Education,” will be a “standalone …

Editorial: Online school plan invests in the future but needs careful oversight

This provides a safeguard for monitoring and reviewing the changes Parata advocates as the school is well-established, and will be attractive for cyber …

Cyber charter letter off base (letter)

Even if the for-profit argument is valid for the one school, extrapolating it to every cyber school in the state is grossly inaccurate. There is no doubt that …

Harmony School Board to consider participation in online learning program

It would also meet with the families of those 12 students enrolled in cyber school to educate them about the program and encourage them to try it.


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