Virtual School Meanderings

October 1, 2009

Request For Qualifications For Professional Development

An item from DB Bearden, via the Yahoo! group for the Texas Virtual School Program that showed up in my inbox yesterday.

Region 10 ESC has posted a Request for Qualifications for Professional Development Inexperienced and Experienced Online Instructors. The purpose of RFQ 2009-03 is to identify qualified applicants to assist in implementing professional development in support of the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN).

Approved providers will be eligible to provide professional development for teachers intending to teach online courses over the network. Responses are due on or before October 14, 2009 at 4:30 PM.

The RFQ is posted at

FAQs will be posted on this same site as questions come in and are answered.

August 7, 2009

Executive Briefing: Texas Virtual School Network (TXVSN)

An item from DB Bearden, via the Yahoo! group for the Texas Virtual School Program.


The Executive Briefing provides an update on the implementation and recent legislative changes involving the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN). In the general session, participants will also learn about the process for students in Texas districts and open enrollment charter schools to receive courses, understand Texas definition of an electroniccourse, and related distance learning code. Breakout sessions will provide a look at approved courses from the TxVSN catalog, online teacher preparation requirements, virtual learning planning process, and how to develop rigorous online courses.


TxVSN Central Operations, TxVSN Course Review, and the TEA

Friday, September 11, 2009
Region 10 ESC
400 E. Spring Valley Road, Richardson, TX 75081

6 Hours CPE
This event has no fee

July 19, 2009

Executive Briefings On The Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN)

The second item from DB Bearden, via the Yahoo! group for the Texas Virtual School Program.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Region 10 ESC
400 E. Spring Valley Road
Richardson, TX 75081

Please register via the Region 10 Events Calendar by clicking . Registrants new to the Region 10 Events Calendar will need to set up an account.

~~ Last day to register ~~
September 4, 2009

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Region 17 ESC
1111 West Loop 289
Lubbock, TX 79416

Click Here ( ) to register for this event through Region 17.

~~ Last day to register ~~
October 29, 2009

Need assistance with registration?

Contact Christine Ortiz at 972.348.1446.


Shapiro’s TxVSN Amendment Attached To HB3646 Signed By Governor

A couple of items to begin Sunday blogging from DB Bearden, via the Yahoo! group for the Texas Virtual School Program.

Amend CSHB 3646 (Senate committee printing) as follows:

(1) Add the following appropriately numbered ARTICLE and renumber subsequent ARTICLES of the bill accordingly:


SECTION ___.01. Subsection (b), Section 1.001, Education Code, is amended to read as follows:

(b) Except as provided by Chapter 18, Chapter 19, Subchapter A of[,] Chapter 29, [or] Subchapter E of[,] Chapter 30, or Chapter 30A, this code does not apply to students, facilities, or programs under the jurisdiction of the Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Department of State Health Services, the Health and Human Services Commission, the Texas Youth Commission, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, a Job Corps program operated by or under contract with the United States Department of Labor, or any juvenile probation agency.

SECTION ___.02. Section 30A.002, Education Code, is amended by amending Subsection (b) and adding Subsection (c) to read as follows:

(b) A student is eligible to enroll full-time in courses provided through the state virtual school network only if[: [(1)] the student was enrolled in a public school in this state in the preceding school year.


June 11, 2009

“Virtual School Clicks With Me!” Video Contest

click_w_meAnother day of driving around Colorado – hence the lack of original content for the past four days.  The new stuff will begin again this evening or tomorrow when I arrive in Fort Collins for the Advanced Placement reading.  Until then I received this item from the Virtual Schoolers Nationwide Yahoo group…

The “Virtual School Clicks With Me!” Video Contest is getting some great entries. Check out this latest entry from CCA in Pennsylvania.
Reminds us why it’s great to have virtual schools!

Contest details can be found at

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