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September 24, 2016

Coming Next Week | Early Learning, Dyslexia, Algebra Readiness And More

From Friday’s inbox…  Note the digital learning tools webinar below.

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Browse next week’s webinars below! Sign up for a free webinar hosted by one of our professional learning communities. You’ll earn a free CE certificate for attending a live webinar – or watching the recording.

Coming up Next Week

Rusty Keeler
Your Natural Playscape Makeover
Monday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Rusty Keeler, Playscape designer, author, and speaker

Rob Frantum-Allen
How to Move Your Entire District to Support Struggling Readers
Monday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Rob Frantum-Allen, Director of Integrated Services, Adams County School District 14, and Jackie Bott, Assistive Technology Coordinator of the Denver Public Schools

Ellen Acuna
Supporting the Development of Children’s Approaches to Learning with Music and Movement Activities
Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Ellen Acuna and Alex Farkas, Music Together In-School Services Mentors

Algebra Readiness in the Face of Fluency Gaps: Leading to Meet New Expectations in Secondary Mathematics
Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College & Career Readiness

   Carylann Assante
Why Student Travel is Essential to a Complete Education!
Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Carylann Assante, Executive Director of the Student & Youth Travel Association

   Armand Doucet
Designing Your Classroom to Prepare Students for 2020 and Beyond
Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Armand Doucet, High School and Middle School Teacher at Riverview High School, New Brunswick, Canada

   Dr. Eva Horn
Six Steps to Inclusive Preschool Curriculum
Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Dr. Eva Horn, Professor in the Dept. of Special Education and Program Coordinator for the Early Childhood Unified program at the University of Kansas

   Cheri Sterman
Art: Essential in a Well-Rounded Education
Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Cheri Sterman, Crayola Education Director; Shauna Kauffman, Principal, Arnold Elementary

   Dr. Julie Evans
Survey Reveals the Impact of Digital Tools on K-12 Communications
Thursday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Dr. Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer, ProjectTomorrow

   Mary Jo Huff
Music, Books and Puppet Connections for All Classrooms
Thursday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Mary Jo Huff, multi-award winning author, master storyteller and puppeteer for the early childhood classroom

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Join Us at this Year’s iNACOL Symposium Pre-conference Research Community Meeting!

From our colleagues at the MVLRI…

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K-12 Online and Blended Learning Research Community Meeting
Tuesday, 10/25/16, 8am to 4pm CT
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We’re co-hosting a FREE, day-long pre-conference session with The Learning Acceleratorat this year’s iNACOL Symposium. Join us to learn about ongoing research in our field, funding opportunities, and measurement strategies for blended learning initiatives. Come and participate in interactive networking sessions and problem solving work groups with researchers, educators, administrators, funders, and others. For more details and registration information, read our latest blog post here. We hope to see you there!

How do K-12 online learning programs measure quality? Our latest paper, authored by Dr. Tom Clark, aims to answer that question through a series of case studies examining a variety of online learning program providers in Michigan. Read the full report here.
We partnered with the Highlander Institute to study and report on their Fuse RI blended learning fellowship program. The latest release, the second in the series, looks at stakeholder experiences throughout the blended learning implementation process. You can read the full report here.
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Insights from the Field: Blended Is the Best of Both Worlds

From Thursday’s inbox…

Insights from the Field: Blended Is the Best of Both Worlds
Dear Michael,

“The phrase, ‘the best of both worlds’ represents the ultimate in a blended learning course.  The concept of blended learning will continue to evolve, and it is possible that blended learning will become a model of good course delivery for most institutions,” says Dr. Rohan Jowallah in his blog post Insights from the Field: Blended Is the Best of Both Worlds.

Dr. Jowallah is an instructional designer at the University of Central Florida and will be an upcoming facilitator for the Blended Learning Mastery Seriesin the OLC Institute for Professional Development. Read more as he shares his expertise in blended learning.

Do you know someone who we should feature in Insights from the Field? If so, contact Jill Buban, Sr. Director of Research & Innovation

Keep on Learning!

Jennifer Rafferty
Director of the OLC Institute for Professional Development | Online Learning Consortium

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Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with Education Week’s EdWeek Update.

In Absence of Qualified Teacher, Maine High School Turns to Software ProgramIn Absence of Qualified Teacher, Maine High School Turns to Software Program

An education technician will administer the Rosetta Stone program to students in the school’s French and Spanish classes. Read more.

(Teaching Now)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

LSMSA extends virtual school application deadline

26. in online courses offered by the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts Virtual School. Course offerings provide instruction for Louisiana …

Virtual schools appear to thrive in Washington

Washington Virtual Academies is an online public school that enrolls thousands of K-12 students across the state. School started on September 6.

State lawmakers take a closer look at virtual charter schools

Democratic state lawmakers expressed growing distress this week over the management and funding of New Mexico’s three virtual charter schools …

School choice is best for Iowa’s students

He attends a virtual academy and is thriving. Unfortunately, there are opponents to virtual school and they want them to close, forcing my son to return …

She’s got spirit! Student creates mascot for virtual charter school

School mascots usually evoke an image of a student in a fuzzy costume rallying his peers during a pep rally or sporting event. But students at a local …

A DC Charter Wins $10M to Invent Virtual Reality Programs that Will Change High School — All of …

The XQ: Super School Project winners were unveiled Wednesday in a heavy-hitter event befitting a $100 million award. The prizes went to schools …

Hartsville’s Jaedyn Howle attends classes in virtual classroom

A daughter of Phillip and Deandria Howle, Jaedyn is enrolled in the South Carolina Connections Academy, avirtual K-12 public school she has been …

Georgia’s Governor Wants To Turn His Public Schools Into Post Katrina New Orleans

It authorizes the closing of a hundred Georgia public schools, almost … The governor then gets to fire up avirtual school district stretching across the …

Best & Brightest Awards enters 12th year of honoring outstanding students

Since Best & Brightest creation, 1500 students from Leon County schools have ….. Home-schooled andVirtual School students are eligible to enter the …

NLRB Decides Charter Schools Are Private Corporations Despite Public Influence

The Pennsylvania Virtual School Association filed a petition to represent full-time and part-time teachers at the Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School.

School headcount rises, falls across county

The district has 22 students in the virtual school, about the same as last year. Nickerson High School, with a headcount of 326, is down about four …

Schools with an ‘incomplete’ on Florida’s report card now get grades

In Orange County after appeals, the Orange County Virtual School earned an A, Apopka High School earned a B, Jones High School earned a C and …

Tech puts new muscle in the learning game

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) — Technology is extending its reach in education. Omaha Virtual School is putting the learning process into the cloud and into …

USD 410 board hears of enrollment increases

approved selling HMS three-year-old laptops to TEEN Virtual School at $25 each. The computers will be used by students who do not have one.

Calhoun County school board OKs virtual classes

“The Virtual School policy itself is relatively new, but we’ve been doing a version of this policy for about four years,” Robin Kines, principal of the …

We know our kids and their educational needs best

We have chosen virtual school for my children and they are doing great! But some national charter school organizations are trying to stifle choice by …

O’Connell enjoys principalship at new Creek school

While in Adams-Friendship, O’Connell said, he worked with others to create a virtual school program for students who were pregnant, homebound for …

BASD eyes 16 objectives to move facilities plan forward

… STEM programming, a potential virtual school, a potential greenhouse and potential culinary arts. Add more space to support the performing arts.

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Accountant postpones expected guilty plea in cyber school funds diversion

The accountant for former Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School CEO Nick Trombetta apparently decided not to plead guilty Monday as expected to …

Conneaut builds online program from the ground up

After the third time, students become ineligible for the cyber program and must return to the traditional classroom or transfer to a private cyber school.

Accountant postpones expected guilty plea in cyber school funds diversion

The accountant for former Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School CEO Nick Trombetta apparently decided not to plead guilty Monday as expected to …

Agora Cyber Charter names new CEO

After a troubled 2015-16 academic year, the Agora Cyber Charter School in … After serving for four years as CEO at Pennsylvania Cyber in Midland, …

Conneaut builds online program from the ground up

Herb Bossard, head of the cyber program at Conneaut Area Senior High, … Whether cyber school is appropriate for everyone, private cyber schools …

Smethport school district sees declining enrollment

School director Daniel Wertz asked if district students enrolled in cyberschool were included in the data. London said they were, but not the students …

Erie area schools pass hat for projects not in budget

As pensions, employee health benefits, charter and cyber school tuitions, and state education mandates claim larger shares of school budgets, more …

Pa. auditor general: Cyber spent millions on mgt. firm, arts center tied to founder

One of the central issues was that the cyber school’s board had provided little oversight over business transactions involving Nick Trombetta, the cyber …

Lehigh Valley schools near top in sending money to cyber school

The Bethlehem Area and Allentown school districts are among the top 20 Pennsylvania school districts in taxpayer dollars sent to a cyber school …


September 23, 2016

[NEW POST] The Fascinating Four Forms of Blended Learning

From K12, Inc. themselves…

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The Fascinating Four Forms of Blended Learning
9.21.2016, Contributor: Katherine Anderson, Fuel Education 
Blended learning is a rapidly growing instructional model that is redefining the educational landscape. Schools across the country are using blended learning programs to personalize learning. These programs have resulted in greater productivity for teachers and better outcomes for students because students receive the attention, support, and resources they need—and teachers can spend more time differentiating instruction.

As blended learning implementation continues to grow, it’s important to create a shared language with understandable definitions that enables educators to continue to revolutionize the K–12 sector. Knowing the possibilities of blended learning, and all of the options that come with it, is an important step to creating an innovative educational experience for students, teachers, and administrators…

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6 Tips to Jumpstart Blended Learning
9.14.2016, Contributor: Katherine Anderson, Fuel Education
Fuel Education recently asked educators from around the country to offer practical tips on blended learning that others could use in their schools. We narrowed their responses down to six tips to help you jumpstart blended learning in this new school year. Originally published in a convenient downloadable guidebook, Blended Learning Tips from Educators to Jumpstart Learning, we offer a shortened overview here…
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Seven Ways to Celebrate National Online Learning Day
9.7.2016, Contributor: Katherine Anderson, Fuel Education
National Online Learning Day, September 15, recognizes the advantages and potential of blended and online learning programs and the accomplishments of districts, schools, administrators, teachers, staff, and students who use them. The day seeks to cultivate awareness of, and support for, an ever-growing community of educators and learners who participate in blended and online education. No matter your role within blended and online learning, it is time to celebrate…
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