Virtual School Meanderings

December 10, 2017

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, I received the alert for virtual school, but there were no relevant items.

Next, I also received the alert for cyber school, but there were also no relevant items.

Finally, strangely enough I did receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

TI- E-Schools Adapting to Transgender Students’ Needs.
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AB- The article focuses on how virtual schools such as Connections Education in Indiana accommodate transgender students. Topics include student privacy surrounding how their personal data is stored versus how it is displayed publicly on the schools’ technology platforms, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) conference on transgender students’ rights, gender identity, and how the school supports transgender students at face-to-face school activities.
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DE- TRANSGENDER students
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DE- LGBT rights
DE- PERSONALLY identifiable information
DE- SEX discrimination in education
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CO- CONNECTIONS Education LLC
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December 9, 2017

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchool News Today.

TRENDING THIS WEEK

Teachers: These are the 6 must-know strategies for great blended learning

Teachers value today’s classroom digital resources, but students might not be as comfortable using technology as parents and educators believe, according to a new report about successful blended learning strategies. The report, Teaching with Technology, a new report from the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning (FBOL) and the Evergreen…

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Eufaula pushed to Class 6A by students not on campus

However, almost none of the students enrolled in virtual school live in the Eufaula school district, meaning 244 of the students used to place Eufaula into an athletic classification most likely cannot and will not compete in any form of athletics for the school. While some of the virtual students probably live …

WittyWe launches online educational platform

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – WittyWe, an online learning platform for students in grades K-9, has launched to help those students engage in deeper learning while developing and practicing important life skills. The platform can be used in school or at home and features more than 60 online courses, more …

Campus Notes

Florida Virtual School ® recognized its former Board of Trustees Chair Dhyana Ziegler, interim dean of the FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic …

PBC Class of 2018 graduation ceremony dates announced

Glades Central and Pahokee high schools will have theirs on campus. The county’s virtual school students will gather at Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach for their event. Can’t be there in person? The ceremonies will be broadcast live on The Education Network (T.E.N.) Comcast Channel …

Letter: Virtual School supporter disputes information

Among the misrepresentations is Indiana Virtual School’s student to teacher ratio. Virtual schools are not brick-and-mortar environments. Indiana Virtual School has approximately 3,000 students and 40 teachers. Each virtual teacher has six course periods per day and a total of 75 students. That’s a ratio …

State board stops exodus of virtual charter schools to new authorizer

Nine public charter schools, including three virtual schools, had applied to transfer out of the S.C. Public Charter School District and into the newly formed Charter Institute at Erskine College. The statewide district’s board voted to allow five schools to make the jump: Gray Collegiate Academy in West …

Eufaula pushed to Class 6A by students not on campus

Earlier this year, only a couple of school systems had aggressively enrolled virtual students – Athens and Eufaula. According to a recent story in the Eufaula Tribune, Eufaula High School has 547 students in grades 10-12 who are actually on campus. However, another 244 students are enrolled in virtual …

Virtual school days a reality at JCC

Members of the JCC Board of Education this week signed off on a plan for continued teaching of students even when school is canceled due to inclement weather or other emergency. In doing so, board members expressed confidence in the plan assembled by teachers and administrators.

Will Virtual K-12 Schools Change Where Families Live?

Living in school districts with high-performing public schools is a longstanding tradition for working class and middle class American families. As virtual K-12 schools continue to gain ground, there is now the possibility that families may be able to move into districts and neighborhoods without worrying …

Private College Supervising 5 South Carolina Charter Schools

The schools getting approval to transfer to Erskine’s control are Gray Collegiate Academy in West Columbia, Oceanside Collegiate Academy in Mount Pleasant, Coastal Leadership Academy in Socastee, Royal Live Oaks Academy in Jasper County and Mevers School of Excellence in Goose Creek.

Pamlico County Schools virtual academy starts open enrollment for 2nd semester

Pamlico County Schools Virtual Academy is now accepting applications for the second semester of the 2017-2018 school year. If your child attends a private school or is homeschooled and is interested in taking online classes free of charge, Pamlico County Schools Virtual Academy may be for you.

Steve Casto says flexibility coming to Lewis County schools

“These students have these courses that are put into their school day schedule, and they do the work in thevirtual school lab in the library,” Lambert …

Letter: Student defends virtual school

Online school has been a great place for me to excel academically, a young reader writes. (Photo: Daniel Mears / The Detroit News)Buy Photo. CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. This letter is in response to the views recently shared in “Cyber charters are a failed experiment,” Nov.

Virtual School: Madison Ballet high school student turns to virt – WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking …

MADISON (WKOW)– As Madison Ballet prepares for another Nutcracker season, some high schoolers are changing how they study, to deal with the demanding schedule. “I feel like it’s given me a lot of maturity,” Maurissa Powell said. The 16-year-old started dancing at three and has made the …

Florida Virtual School leaders oppose teacher union initiative

The movement to organize Florida Virtual School’s teachers has met strong pushback from the the school’s administration, which calls the effort a “serious” matter. In an email to staff, FLVS CEO Jodi Marshall said unionization would interfere with the school’s individual recognition and respect of teachers …

Court won’t halt funding reductions for online school

The state contends the virtual school didn’t sufficiently document student participation to justify its full funding. Ohio officials are seeking to get back $60 million from the 2015-16 school year and have said the e-school could owe nearly $20 million more from 2016-17, a finding that is under appeal.

Group Meeting In Nashville Helps Form Legislation Across Country

House Democrat Caucus Chair Mike Stewart sees ALEC in a much different light. “ALEC in many cases interferes with the proper functioning of government, basically collecting all this money from gigantic corporations,” says Rep. Stewart. Stewart cites a failed virtual school bill, costing taxpayers millions …

In 18 Minutes, Jury Finds Paul Dykes Guilty on 24 Counts of Child Sex Crimes, Including Rape

Dykes’s intellectual and emotional capacities had been in question during the pre-trial phase: he did not handle middle school, he was expelled from virtual school, and was working on completing a graduation equivalency diploma as he worked at Publix, but those issues were never made part of the …

Florida education news: Principals, teacher pay and more

PRINCIPALS: Steve Crognale is named Hernando County Principal of the Year. • Krissy Perkins is the new principal at Trapnell Elementary in Plant City. LABOR NEWS: Florida Virtual School leaders oppose a push to unionize teachers. • Negotiators expect a contract agreement before winter break for …

Indiana teachers union calls on lawmakers to restore $9.3 million in state dollars to public schools

Those requested changes would include a moratorium on virtual school growth and a funding formula change supported by other state policymakers so that money is distributed based on student academic progress rather than enrollment or attendance. “There are concerns we have about transparency, …

Group aligned with conservatives, dissed by Democrats holds Nashville meeting

“Often we see ALEC as supporting efforts to swipe taxpayer money for all klnds of ridiculous scheme like the TN virtual school,” he added. Ketron says he doesn’t agree with everything ALEC promotes but defends it as a place where lawmakers get ideas. Like most ALEC gatherings, some protesters are …

Hamas leader calls for new uprising against Israel in wake of US decision to recognize Jerusalem …

Florida education news: Principals, teacher pay and more. PRINCIPALS: Steve Crognale is named Hernando County Principal of the Year. • Krissy Perkins is the new principal at Trapnell Elementary in Plant City.LABOR NEWS: Florida Virtual School leaders oppose a push to unionize teachers. • Ne.

NEET figure is welcomed

A ‘virtual school’ for looked-after children, which supports young people in care, and the council’s Through Care team also play a key role. They help young apprentices maintain their attendance and provide support for mums and care leavers with disabilities to find employment. Michael Jameson, the …

Holcomb: Flailing online schools need ‘immediate attention and action’

Eric Holcomb said on Thursday that Indiana Virtual School’s “unsatisfactory” performance—which includes two years of F grades, low ISTEP scores and high student-teacher ratio—requires policymakers to get involved. In October, Chalkbeat reported that Indiana Virtual School, one of the state’s largest …

Property tax money could be key in education budget

Osceola County had the largest percentage enrollment increase at 2.1 percent, representing 1,363 students from Puerto Rico and 21 from the Virgin Islands. Stewart said the Florida Virtual School, which provides online classes, has had a 5 percent enrollment increase, representing 331 students.

Southside, Sardis move in AHSAA reclassification; Westbrook, Coosa Christian affected by new …

Photo: Kenneth Bothwell and the Southside football team will compete in Class 5A next season. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor. Two local high school moved in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s re-classification for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 athletic seasons. The AHSAA’s Central …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Georgia Cyber Charter School Has Waitlist

Atlanta’s CBS affiliate, CBS46, highlighted a GCA success story in October 2017, reporting on cancer survivor Rylee Buchanan, who tried the cyber school while recovering from her illness. “The Buchanans learned about Georgia Cyber Academy, an option that would allow Rylee to complete her school …

Georgia Cyber Charter School Has Waitlist

Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) is an online, tuition-free, K-12 charter school serving 13,000 students. The school sends textbooks and instructional materials directly to students and assigns them a Georgia-certified teacher. Georgia has two school choice programs enabling children to attend the school: …

Richland family may keep therapy ducks, zoning board rules

Tanya Ortiz explained that her child, Cody, was bullied in the local public school and he suffered from high anxiety each day. She obtained permission to enroll Cody in a cyber school for the current school year allowing him to be schooled at home. She said they obtained the ducks nine months ago after …

 

December 3, 2017

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, I did not receive the alert for virtual school.

Next, I received the alert for cyber school, but there were no relevant items

Finally, as usual I did not receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

So nothing to report this week.

December 2, 2017

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the Google News alert for virtual school.

MTV cast member: PCB ‘a city where everyone can come together’

She graduated from Florida Virtual School in 2012, after attending Arnold High School, A. Crawford Mosley High School and Bay High School, where she was a cheerleader. “I like (Panama City Beach) because we have Hispanics, whites, and every ethnic group you can think of,” she said. “It’s a city …

Florida Virtual School Accepts 20000 Students from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

Following this fall’s devastating hurricanes, thousands of people from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have struggled to get back on their feet.

The heartbreaking number of Brummie kids at risk of abuse or neglect revealed

… when they reach adulthood they have a 22% unemployment rate, and more than a quarter of all prisoners have been in care. The government introduced new laws in 2014 that mean every council must have a “virtual school headteacher” with a specific duty to promote the educational achievement of …

I Tried To Run A Virtual School And Things Didn’t Work Out

Academia: School Simulator’s Steam page suggests you can make the high schoolof your dreams. But my school, Leo’s Learning Emporium, ended up as more of a dystopian nightmare. You can see how my school got on in the video above. Academia: School Simulator is available now in early access …

Florida Virtual School Accepts 20000 Students from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

Following this fall’s devastating hurricanes, thousands of people from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have struggled to get back on their feet.

Policymakers agree virtual schools should get more teachers and less money. Will they make it …

After Chalkbeat revealed widespread low-performance and unusual spending at Indiana Virtual School, there were no immediate plans to change how the fast-growing but relatively little-known online charter school operates. Rep. Bob Behning, the House Education Committee chairman who is one of …

Gulf Shores unveils its first-ever city school board

The five members of Gulf Shores first city school board were unveiled Monday. … role, Walker taught high school science for Georgia Virtual School.

High school dropouts get diplomas with new SPS mentors

The Springfield Public School District’s average is a little higher than that, with a dropout rate of 2.7%. The SPS staff takes matters into their own hands with the Launch program. Dr. Nichole Lemmon is one of the minds behind Launch, a virtual school. “One of the benefits of online classes in flexibility, we …

Winter Park High Schooler removed from campus after alleged video voyeurism

A Winter Park High School football player was removed from campus … the Christmas break before potentially switching to a virtual school, Hamner …

Breaking: Indiana didn’t set aside enough money for schools. Senate leader says a fix is ‘top priority.’

After Chalkbeat revealed widespread low-performance and unusual spending at Indiana Virtual School, there were no immediate plans to change …

This Week in eLearning: A Midterm Report on Amazon’s Alexa at ASU, How a North Carolina …

This Week in eLearning: A Midterm Report on Amazon’s Alexa at ASU, How a North Carolina Virtual SchoolCompensates Teachers Based on …

Gulf Shores unveils its first-ever city school board

She serves as liaison between schools, parents, and online instructors to accommodate middle and high school students with special needs to give them the best chance at success in the online classroom. Prior to this administrative role, Walker taught high school science for Georgia Virtual School.

Rise & Shine: Districts across Indiana are in financial trouble, and state policy could be to blame

ONLINE CHARTER SCHOOLS: State lawmakers and policymakers are concerned about the high student-teacher ratios and unusual spending revealed by a Chalkbeat investigation of Indiana Virtual School. But will they act to change it? Read more in Chalkbeat. POETRY IN PRISON: At our teacher …

Steve Casto says flexibility coming to Lewis County schools

“These students have these courses that are put into their school day schedule, and they do the work in the virtual school lab in the library,” Lambert said. “We also allow students who wish to take online courses on their own time, in addition to their full day schedule at school. There are much fewer …

AHSAA executive director: Classification process important to balancing changing membership

For the first time in the AHSAA’s long history, classification will include non-traditional students such as home-school and virtual school students in its …

AHSAA to consider reclassifications Thursday

For the first time in the AHSAA’s long history, classification will include non-traditional students such as home-school and virtual school students in its average daily membership totals. The AHSAA mission has not changed over its long history which started with its formation in the 1920-21 school year.

Union Public Schools district in Tulsa exemplifies community teamwork

It starts with respect: Instructors nurture a collegiate atmosphere. Administrators don’t skip the essential first step: creating cultures for personalized (instead of generic) learning. After laying this foundation, virtual school students don’t abuse their freedom while working in soft couches as they follow their …

Signing bonuses eyed for teachers

“Our district has enrolled students in online virtual school options where high-quality online courses are taught by a certified North Carolina teacher,” …

Non-traditional students included in AHSAA member school classification

The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control has once again approved a seven-classification system for championship play for the next few school years. The seven-class system began in 2014. For the first time, however, non-traditional students were included in the average …

Thankful to teach

Transitioning from brick and mortar schools to a virtual school was different, but comfortable in its own way – it’s a highly flexible and collaborative …

Incredible growth in Virtual Schools Market which ultimately result in growth of CAGR by some top …

A virtual school operates on an online learning platform and offers courses pertaining to various fields entirely through digital methodologies.

Letter: Virtual School supporter disputes information

Among the misrepresentations is Indiana Virtual School’s student to teacher ratio. Virtual schools are not brick-and-mortar environments. Indiana Virtual School has approximately 3,000 students and 40 teachers. Each virtual teacher has six course periods per day and a total of 75 students. That’s a ratio …

Rise & Shine: $60000 is missing from a Northwest Indiana charter school parent fundraising account

VIRTUAL CHARTER SCHOOLS: The variety of issues Chalkbeat revealed in its investigation of Indiana Virtual School underscores a wider need to re-examine how the state holds charter school authorizers accountable. Read more here. PRIORITIES: State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick outlined …

Virtual school days a reality at JCC

Members of the JCC Board of Education this week signed off on a plan for continued teaching of students even when school is canceled due to inclement weather or other emergency. In doing so, board members expressed confidence in the plan assembled by teachers and administrators.

UPDATE: AHSAA releases 2018-2020 reclassification

Non-traditional students, which gained eligibility for the first time in the 2016-17 school year, include home-school and virtual school students that enroll in at member public school. In accordance with the AHSAA constitution and by-laws, the AHSAA Central Board of Control manages championship play …

Eufaula moves up to 6A; Headland, Daleville, Elba move down; Houston County goes up

There were few local surprises in the latest AHSAA Reclassification approved and released by the association Thursday for the next two academic years, starting in 2018-19. Eufaula, in perhaps the biggest surprise, moved up to Class 6A after Average Daily Membership enrollment figures provided by …

Map: Hurricane Maria pushed 8500 students to Florida. See where they went.

Florida Virtual School — which provides public online-only education — planned in October to accept 20,000 students affected by the hurricane. So far, just 313 students are enrolled, according to the state. Overall, the number of evacuees in Florida’s schools keeps climbing. On Nov. 21, the total was …

5 charter schools will transfer to Erskine’s Charter Institute

Daniel also said no part of the Charter School Act or the virtual school’s contract says the board may use annual evaluations to deny transfer, but Don McLaurin, chairman of the district’s board, said the law doesn’t provide a reason to allow transfers. It does, however, require the district to approve it for it …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Letters to the Editor: Teacher turns to cyber school

Diving into digital. I had been a public school teacher for 13 years and began teaching before texting and social media — I never would have …

Glendale interested in CIU10 cyber school

“Cyber schools are offered as free to students and their families, but they cost school districts quite a bit of money. If Glendale joined the consortium …

Letters to the Editor: Teacher turns to cyber school

I spoke to a friend who worked at Great Lakes Cyber Academy, an online school serving students across the state. He introduced me to their innovative virtual learning model which combines technology, curriculum and personalized attention, allowing students to learn from home while building valuable ..

Renovated YMCA plans open house

On Monday, cyber school student Stainton Forbes, 9, played cards and Ping-Pong while his dad worked out. “I like that it’s not as big,” Stainton said. “You don’t have to run around as much. You can just chill.” Downs and Gibson said the open house on Friday will include refreshments, tours, visits by city …

Renovated YMCA plans open house

On Monday, cyber school student Stainton Forbes, 9, played cards and Ping-Pong while his dad worked out. “I like that it’s not as big,” Stainton said.

 

November 26, 2017

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, I did not receive the alert for virtual school.

Next, I received the alert for cyber school, but there were no relevant items

Finally, as usual I did not receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

So nothing to report this week.

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