Virtual School Meanderings

February 25, 2017

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the ASCD SmartBrief.

4 ways to keep learning during snow days

4 ways to keep learning during snow days
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Educators at a school that has had 10 snow days this school year have developed a protocol for digital learning days. In this blog post, educators Alyssa Tormala and Ellie Gilbert share the hallmarks of the program, including a digital learning platform, access to devices and learning objectives.
Edutopia.org (2/17)

R.I. sets personalized learning goals

R.I. takes steps to personalize learning
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Officials in Rhode Island are developing a statewide vision for personalized learning in K-12 schools. A recently released document, called the Creating a Shared Understanding of Personalized Learning for Rhode Island, identifies how personalized learning can help each student.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (2/22)

Survey reveals online-learning trends

A survey of more than 2.5 million students and teachers in 160 countries reveals online-learning trends among high-school and college students. The GoConqr survey found, among other things, that online learning tends to be done alone.
eCampus News (free registration) (2/23)

Similarly, the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Schools investing in digital curricula, survey finds

Eighty-six percent of K-12 schools and districts responding to a recent survey say they’ll be spending more on digital curricula this year. Schools can maximize the effectiveness of curricula by offering more professional development and training, experts suggest.
EdTech magazine online (2/22)Other News

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Students logging into more virtual options

Through a new partnership with Michigan Virtual School, St. Clair County RESA is hoping to up the number of virtual courses taken in the county while …

@FGCU_MTen Outlasts Charlotte 4-3

Florida Virtual School/Texas Christian University) and Ezequiel Cerrini (Sunny Isles Beach, Fla./Homeschool) had to fight off a Charlotte rally.

New Principal Named at West Forsyth High School

He’s been a math teacher and curriculum developer at Georgia Virtual School and, before that, worked as a math teacher for Fulton County schools.

Virtual school choice must come with accountability

Online education may not be new, but for the Blue Water Area, competition among virtual schools is a novelty. Competition is good, but it is reasonable …

@FGCU_MTen Suffers Emotional Defeat to Tennessee Tech

Florida Virtual School/Texas Christian University) held serve through six games but fell behind 5-3 to Eduardo Mena and Alberto Esteban shortly after.

Iowa families foregoing classroom for virtual school

The two schools that operate here, Iowa Virtual School and Iowa Connections Academy, are considered public schools. They meet the same …

Missouri lawmakers weigh changes to state-run virtual education program

A 2016 virtual schools report from the National Education Policy Center raised some red flags, finding that virtual school outcomes lag significantly …

Iowa families foregoing classroom for virtual school

In 2013, Iowa students first enrolled in virtual schools run by for-profit companies … The two schools that operate here, Iowa Virtual School and Iowa …

Researchers: Don’t expand virtual schools as is

New research released Thursday suggests that efforts to quickly ramp up online “virtual” public schools nationwide could have a downside: lower …

Florida Virtual School Boosts CTE

The Florida Virtual School (FLVS), a statewide online public school, has developed two new courses to round out its career and technical education …

Trump’s New Education Secretary Wants More ‘Virtual Schools’ and Her Agency To Be Destroyed

How so? By gutting the agency she leads, introducing more “virtual schools,” and overseeing the rise of schools that “haven’t even been invented yet.”.

Florida Virtual School model shows online learning can be engaging

The eSchool Media and Xirrus Innovate to Educate awards program has identified the Florida Virtual School as a community winner for its strategy …

Missouri lawmakers weigh changes to state-run virtual education program

“Over half of Missouri school districts do not offer a single Advanced … A 2016 virtual schools report from the National Education Policy Center raised …

students logging into more virtual options

Unable to go to a traditional high school for health reasons while also … While there are a number of online cyber schools that are completely virtual, …

London talks virtual learning at Smethport school board meeting

SMETHPORT — Smethport Area School District Superintendent David London presented a report Mondayto the school board about two virtual …

Online classes to launch at St. Clair County high schools

St. Clair County’s seven school districts are collaborating with St. Clair … “LearnON is partnering with Michigan Virtual School to give our students a …

Syracuse home to international virtual language school

PEC has built a tremendous foundation in Syracuse so their virtual school runs flawlessly. The primary data center, with battery and generator backup, …

Town Crier: Tuesday’s Highlights

Students living in Natrona County who are receiving their full-time education online through a virtual school or Natrona County homeschool students …

Virtual Schools Market 2020: Key Players, Industry Overview, Driving Factors, Industry Analysis …

A Virtual School operates on an online learning platform and offers courses pertaining to various fields. These schools have a core curriculum and …

DeVos praises virtual schools, but new research points to problems

High-performing students fare better, but they still do worse than they would have done if they had not enrolled in a virtual school, according to the …

Brent Cooper: Using local taxes for charter schools is a bad idea, especially for Northern Kentucky

Furthermore, the bill makes it possible for the dollars to be spent toward a “virtual school” that could be located a completely different region of the …

Meet Jaidyn Conner, CSUB freshman at 13

So they recommended I go to virtual school so that I could go at my own pace and go faster than the others.” Conner agreed with her teachers and was …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

An open letter on behalf of the cyber school community in Pennsylvania: PennLive letters

As we work toward increasing general education funding, it is important that this does not come at the expense of cyber charter schools. With the …

PA Cyber Charter School founder Trombetta seeks to hold prosecutors in contempt

Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School founder Nick Trombetta and his legal team, who have been sparring with the government for weeks following his …

School budget: more for at-risk, less for cyber/private kids

FILE – In a Feb. 8, 2017 file photo, Michgian Gov. Rick Snyder, center, flanked by Budget Director Al Pscholka, left, and Lt. Gov Brian Calley, presents …

School budget: more for at-risk, less for cyber/private kids

It is largely being embraced by traditional school interests. But Republicans who control the Legislature andschool-choice advocates oppose some …

State school board president resigns over chimpanzee tweet

After the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools accused Miller of suggesting that cyber students were monkeys, he apologized for the tweet …

Norwin School Board may raise property taxes to cover $2.2M projected deficit

An increase in pension, health care and cyber school costs coupled with only a slight increase in state aid may push the Norwin School Board to raise …

CenturyLink, City of Monroe and local school partner to invest in STEM education initiative

CenturyLink, City of Monroe and local school partner to invest in STEM … City School System, the Ouachita Parish School System and the Cyber …

Snyder unveils funding proposal

n Gov. Rick Snyder is proposing that the state allocate more funds per student and rethink how it funds at-risk student, cyber-school programs.

LETTER: ‘Extremely happy’ with education at Pennsylvania Cyber

You are left to believe that a cyber school student’s education is behind that of traditional schools. After reading these articles I would like to ask …

Educators debate Snyder’s proposed cyber school cuts

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget pledged more state money to education, but that doesn’t apply to all schools. Under Snyder’s …

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