Virtual School Meanderings

May 14, 2022

Virtual Schooling In The News

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 7:03 am
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InTheNewsBeginning with the Education Dive.

White House eyes digital divide with discount for low-income families

Almost 40% of American households will be eligible for subsidies lowering internet costs to no more than $30 a month under the $14.2 billion program.

Teachers say live instruction better for mitigating learning loss

A GAO report examines approaches teachers say most helped students in SY 2020-21. The findings could offer insights for future emergencies.

Next, the District Administration Daily Newsletter.


At least one of the schools exceeded its 5% threshold for positive cases. Read More >>


Matt Zalaznick

The wave of Americans looking for more purpose-driven careers during the “Great Resignation” is causing a shift in workers from Big Tech to ed-tech.  Read More >>


Matt Zalaznick

But as some CIOs and administrators have learned, it’s not as simple as buying new instructional technology tools and installing them on your teachers’ devices. Read More >>

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Moving on to Education Week.

The Number of Ed-Tech Unicorns Grows
More than 30 ed-tech companies have valuations of $1 billion or more.
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Rethinking Talent, Technology, and the Shape of Post-Pandemic Schooling
The disruption born of this pandemic could yield a rethink of K-12 schooling.
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Teachers Struggled to Stem ‘Learning Loss’ During Pandemic, GAO Finds
A report documents teachers’ concerns about students losing academic ground.
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Educators Don’t Feel Prepared to Buy Ed Tech
Teacher colleges aren’t helping educators be good ed-tech consumers, a survey finds. Premium article from EdWeek Market Brief.
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Also, the various newsletters from ASCD.

Students from Ukraine compete virtually in science fair
Students from Ukraine compete virtually in science fair
Three students from Ukraine were able to compete virtually in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta this week. The students were among 1,750 finalists worldwide, many of whom competed in person.

Full Story: National Public Radio (5/9)


Connectivity program aims to close digital divide
Connectivity program aims to close digital divide
President Joe Biden’s administration has announced a new program, the Affordable Connectivity Program, to help close the digital divide by offering discounted internet access. It is estimated that about 40% of families in the US could be eligible for the program, which would lower internet costs to $30 a month.

Full Story: K-12 Dive (5/10)


NYC district leader: Virtual school is “here to stay”
NYC district leader: Virtual school is "here to stay"
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New York City students will have the option to attend virtual school, says David Banks, chancellor of the city’s Department of Education. As schools in the nation’s largest district face high rates of absenteeism and disengagement, two fully virtual schools will be launched to serve more students, with Banks saying he believes “virtual learning is here to stay whether or not we have a pandemic.”

Full Story: Chalkbeat/New York (5/10)


Report examines efforts to curb learning loss
Report examines efforts to curb learning loss
Few efforts worked over the past two years to help curb learning loss associated with the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released this week by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO found that 60% of teachers doing remote instruction said students had more trouble understanding, and remote learning was challenged by conditions at home.

Full Story: Education Week (5/12)


Offline education apps could expand learning access
Students in areas without reliable, affordable internet service would benefit from more offline educational resources, says Joe Wolf, CEO of Imagination Worldwide. On the African continent, for example, only 22% of people have internet access and offline digital learning tools could provide affordable individualized learning for children and adults.

Full Story: Forbes (tiered subscription model) (5/9)

US teachers support Ukrainian students online
Teachers at Arizona State University Prep Digital, which provides online K-12 courses, are helping their 44 students from Ukraine respond to Russia’s attack on their country. ASU Prep teachers have reached out to families, extended the spring semester, assembled video messages and created spreadsheets to keep track of students’ situations.

Full Story: Education Week (5/10)

Digital resources that support learning through play
Play-based digital resources support student learning in early grades, according to Deborah Rosenfeld, senior research associate at the Center for Children and Technology at EDC. In this article, Rosenfeld shares several such resources, including those that support discovery through science and math.

Full Story: Edutopia (5/12)

Other News

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Khan Academy: the maths teacher with 135 million pupils | Magazine | The Times

Sal Khan’s remote maths lessons for his cousins turned into a viral phenomenon. Now his virtual school offers free tutorials to millions around the …

Orange County Public Schools TOP TALENT 2022 – YouTube

Florida Virtual School 2021 Graduation. Diacom Productions. Diacom Productions. •. 2.9K views Streamed 11 months ago …

Baby Yodas and open schools – Daily Ardmoreite

Of course, some drew pictures, and many shared hopes of new friends, but others relayed the nightmares of quarantines and forced virtual school.

Gov’t providing infrastructure to boost e-learning, digitization through Smart Schools Project

… Contribute to the establishment and operation of Open (Virtual) School & Open University Systems of education in Ghana;; Provide training in …

How are Nebraska school districts spending federal COVID relief? | News |

… Public Schools plan to spend $300,000 as “seed money” to explore the feasibility, cost and possible curriculum for a new virtual school.

Virtual schools approved for another year in Massachusetts | WWLP

The Greater Commonwealth Virtual School assisted public schools across Massachusetts that implemented virtual options for students in need.

Massena Central School District hosting virtual bullying, harassment presentation | Education

When conducting virtual school programs for older students, Mr. Deltano places special emphasis on cyberbullying and social media use.

Celebrating the Class of 2022? Here’s what to know commencement in and around South Bend

Rise Up Academy/South Bend Virtual School: 10-11 a.m. June 11; doors open at 9:30 a.m.; Adult Education: 12:30-1:30 p.m. June 11; doors open at noon …

OFSTED recognises work-in-progress in children’s services – Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

… members of the Children in Care Council, a foster carer, managers, head and deputy head of the virtual school* and colleagues from health.

River Region high schools announce graduation dates – WSFA

Elmore County Public Schools ceremonies include: EDGE (Virtual School) on May 13 at 6 p.m. Wetumpka High School gym; Stanhope Elmore High School on …

Charter schools expanding in Northwest Arkansas

When schools pivoted to virtual school, parents learned more about the education their children were being provided and some felt it wasn’t the …

Victory Early College High School Students Celebrate Decision Day – Aldine ISD

Programs · My Library · Digital Resources · Student Resources for Reading Disabilities · Service Console · Virtual School · College Partners …

Legacy Technology and Systems Open the Door for Cybercriminals | EdTech Magazine

She has led a long-standing virtual school program and guided districts in making the pivotal pandemic shift to remote learning.

Boca Ciega’s First Black Male Salutatorian – The Gabber Newspaper

“I did virtual school the first quarter of last year. It was pretty rough, but the hardest part was the lack of social interaction,” Daniels said.

Latest Ofsted monitoring visit of West Sussex Children’s Services

The virtual school is having a positive impact on children and young people in relation to their education and wellbeing

NYC to launch two ‘full-time’ virtual schools, top education officials say – Chalkbeat New York

Lynch noted that quickly scaling up a soup-to-nuts virtual school would likely take time, but he said even smaller-scale efforts could prove …

City plans to launch two virtual schools, officials say – NY1

It’s not the first time Banks has floated a fully virtual school: it was among the ideas in his first address as chancellor earlier this year. He says …

NYC Education Dept. planning to open two virtual schools – NY Daily News

Putting together a fully virtual school for city students might not be as big a lift as it appears, said Tom Liam Lynch, the director of education …

Fairfax Co. teachers’ union calls for more inclusive virtual learning option | WTOP News

… a limited virtual school program for vulnerable students and staff. … to offer a “robust virtual school setting in Fairfax County,” staffing …

virtual school software Market by 2029 | Blackboard Inc, Cisco Systems, Dell Inc

” Get Sample Report Buy Complete Report California (United States) – The virtual school software Market research report provides all the.

Virtual School Market 2022 Industrial Output, Leading Competitors – K12 Inc., Alaska Digital …

“By compiling vital data on the Virtual School industry, the study assists in identifying the next target markets. Virtual School aids in ranking …

NAFCS board votes to close virtual academy | News |

She said NAFCS started virtual school due to COVID-19, and “we did the best we could.” However, she notes that there are resources to help students …

Virtual schools approved for another year in Massachusetts – Wichita, KS

(WWLP) The Greater Commonwealth Virtual School assisted public schools across Massachusetts that implemented virtual … the local school …

Short-handed –

You had to prepare for virtual school as well as face-to-face school. Making sure that everything was tight and right as we flipped back and forth …

Meet the valedictorians and salutatorians from Hillsborough public schools – Tampa Bay Times

Hillsborough Virtual School. Valedictorian. Mariam Masud. Mariam Masud [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]. GPA: 6.81.

York Catholic District School Board names new virtual school – Newmarket News

‘This new school marks an important step in offering a remote-learning, virtual-school option for students, as directed by the Ministry of …

NYC public education leaders plan to open 2 virtual schools – Yahoo News

An agency spokesman declined to share a start date, but Schools Chancellor David Banks has previously said he hopes to launch a virtual school as …

Student: Online School Has Helped Prepare Me to Pursue My Dreams of a NASA Career

An all-virtual school allows me more time to focus on becoming an aerospace engineer, actively networking with others in the field and working …

Weld Co. school board defended principal despite complaints of racism and homophobia, suit claims

… initially dismissing concerns about a student who used a fake name that sounded like a racial slur during a virtual school pep rally, saying, …

LW Young student swipes at principal, while another student hospitalized – Eye Witness News

Asked about increased violence of school campuses, which recently returned to face to face learning after nearly two years of virtual school, …

Weld County school board defended principal despite complaints of racism and … – The Denver Post

… who used a fake name that sounded like a racial slur during a virtual school pep rally, saying, “Kids will be kids,” according to the lawsuit, …

Bond projects, levy renewals on the ballot for 15 Oregon school districts, community colleges – OPB

Laptops, staffing, a brand new gym: Federal funds help Oregon school districts improve physical and virtual school spaces.

SCSD#1 Discusses 2023 Graduation Change, CSVA and TRHS Point B Classes – Sheridan Media

… due to Tripp’s allergies and asthma, he had trouble attending traditional school, and the virtual school allowed him to be much more flexible.

WV Schools for the Deaf and Blind To Amend Facilities Plan To Better Meet Students’ Needs

Virtual Schools, E-learning & Materials · West Virginia Virtual School · Educators · Families · Data Management & Information Systems.

Message from Eugene A. Woods, President & CEO: Atrium Health to Combine with … – YouTube

Virtual School-based Therapy Program Saves Ameenah’s Life. Atrium Health. Atrium Health. •. 233 views 3 weeks ago …

Upshur County Schools Enrolling for Second Year of Statewide Virtual Learning | Business Wire

Upshur County Virtual School (UCVS), a program of Upshur County Schools, will welcome students in grades K-12 from across West Virginia for …

Students From Arkansas Virtual Academy To Be Celebrated with the In-Person Prom …

Prior to the pandemic, students enrolled in virtual school for a number of reasons—some were looking to escape bullying, some may have fallen …

Arkansas education board approves 2 new virtual charter schools

One virtual school is being added to the charter for the Founders Classical Academy system, and the other is being added to the Premier High …

Teachers Struggled to Stem ‘Learning Loss’ During Pandemic, GAO Finds – Education Week

Teachers at a U.S.-based virtual school share what it’s like to teach students in a war-torn country. Ariel Gans. •. 4 min read.

NYC DOE says it’s creating online schools; if they are made, can they be effective? – PIX11

The city does have other examples to follow. Denver, Colorado, for instance, is the largest city with an active virtual school.

Opinion: Democrats’ support for school closings comes back to bite – CNN

They worried for their students, themselves and their own families. But as the school year progressed, the high costs of virtual school led some …

Missouri lawmakers send bill to increase funding for charter schools to governor

It’s a change lawmakers have sought since Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program, or MOCAP, was expanded in 2018.

Manor FFA students earn career development awards in regional competition

… Health Services and CHIP · Payments · Penn Manor Virtual School · Preschool Resources · Right to Know Letter · Registration for New Students …

MATC Student Stories: Liana Howard was inspired by grandmother as she juggled school …

… with her grandmother, Linda Tolbert, who helped Liana take care of her kids while she was attending classes and they were in virtual school.

Global Virtual School Market Growth, Size, Analysis, Outlook by 2021

The Virtual School Market research report is an in-depth analysis of the latest developments, market size, status, upcoming technologies, …

Education board approves two new online charter schools

One virtual school is being added to the charter for the Founders Classical Academy system and the other is being added to the Premier High …

SIRCH for a better world: smiling faces in school this summer – Haliburton Echo

He hated virtual school. Asher’s vocabulary improved and he was so excited to tell me what they did every day.” Last year, School’s Cool instructors …

Alice Munro Festival planning virtual and live events in 2022 with more powerful stories by …

Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story for Kids will feature virtual school readings and presentations by David A. Robertson, Tara Anderson, …

Virtual School Market is Estimated to Grow Profitably by 2028 – Tiorienteering –

“The global Virtual School industry research report provides an in-depth and methodical assessment of regional and global markets, as well as the …

Missouri legislature passes bill funding public charter schools with state money – STLPR

… a policy directing schools to have a timely process on participating in the virtual school system if parents decide to enroll their children.

Vincent Riccobene is new principal at Lynden Middle School | News |

… variety of positions, most recently as the principal of Olympic Peninsula Academy & Dungeness Virtual School with the Sequim School District.

Virtual Schools Market 2022 Size, Share, by Key Vendors Demand, Development Strategy …

Basehor-Linwood Virtual School Acklam Grange Illinois Virtual School (IVS) Virtual High School(VHS) Aurora College Wey Education Schools Trust

Insight School of Kansas Students Set to Graduate and Begin the Next Chapter of Their Lives

Students enroll in virtual school for a number of reasons—some are looking for the safe learning environment that online school provides, …

Guest Commentary: Kudos to Class of 2022; your light shines bright – North Fort Myers Neighbor

And let me also recognize Lee Virtual School’s Junwei Tan, as he may improve the way students learn. He won both First Place and Best in Fair …

Online School Solutions Market Size, Share to Witness Stellar Growth Through 2028 –

K12 Inc · Mosaica Education · Pansophic Learning · Xindongfang · Connections Academy · Florida Virtual School (FLVS) · Charter Schools USA · Lincoln Learning …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Shapiro, Davis visit Valley for campaign stop – Yahoo News

But, “working class families need champions. The stakes could not be higher.” Cyber school funding was a topic Sunbury parents John and Angie …

Cheltenham headmaster could be named the best in the UK – Gloucestershire Live

Gloucestershire cyber school rated ‘Good’ in first Ofsted inspection · Comments · Three Gloucestershire schools partially closed today due to …

Ortiz Jones pushes cybersecurity, Air Force to students looking for career success | WOAI

That will help elevate the already highly acclaimed cyber school to an even loftier level. “It’s a virtual environment that companies can use for …

2022-23 budget proposes 2% tax increase | News, Sports, Jobs – Altoona Mirror

… Vice President Amy Acker-Knisely said, giving retirement contributions, teacher salaries, health care and cyber school costs as examples.

Global Cyber School Market 2022 Future Scenario – K12 Inc, Connections Academy …

Another research report checks out the Global Cyber School Market development rate from 2022 to 2028.

Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate profile: Joe Gale – WGAL

… home school, cyber school, charter school, those public schools would have no other option than to shape up and get it right,” he said.

Aliquippa resident graduates from college at 18 years old – Beaver County Times

… of all the cyber school work, alternating between the three schools, stating the discipline would lead to a successful transition to college.

Spring Cove School District Considers Real Estate Tax Increase

Boardmember Troy Wright disagreed, stating, “We have to pick up the tab for cyber school and we have no idea what that amount could be.

Military Support Vehicle Market Size And Forecast | Arzamas machine building plant, Run …

Global Cyber School Market 2022 Future Scenario – K12 Inc, Connections Academy, Pansophic Learning, Florida Virtual School (FLVS). May 11, 2022 …

Four valley students prepare to compete in national bass fishing competitions | News |

… Luke Rokavec, 17, Mifflinburg High School student, and Dylan Edwards, 19, a Milton Area student attending cyber school, and Gavin Brubaker, …


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