Virtual School Meanderings

November 28, 2015

Increase Your Digital Clout Day 1/30

Interestingly, today was the first time in a while that I went into my RSS reader, and it seems that there are two challenges that I think I’m going to try to undertake over the next month.  The first was one posted by Darren Cannell over at Teaching and Developing Online.  The challenge is to “Increase Your Digital Clout.”

As I read through the entry for Increase Your Digital Clout Day 1/30, I’m not sure exactly what the task for today is – beyond commit to participating in the challenge.

I can tell you that at present my Klout score is 59 – and it tends to stay in the 55-60 range these days.


So let’s see if Darren can help me move that Klout score beyond that 60 threshold!

2016 Digital Learning Conference – Request for Proposals

Some of my BC readers may be interested in this item…

2016 Digital Learning Conference 

Transforming Learning: Innovation and Opportunities in DL and Beyond

February 18 – 20, 2016

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
Richmond, BC

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Please join us for The B.C. Distributed Learning Administrators’ Association’s 2016 Digital Learning Conference, February 18 – 20, 2016 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel. This year’s theme “Transforming Learning: Innovation and Opportunities in DL and Beyond”, will explore partnerships and blended learning opportunities as the BC Ministry of Education embarks on its “Transforming BC’s Curriculum” initiative.


Ministry of Education representatives will join delegates from BC, Alberta and other provinces, as the conference takes place on a BC-wide Professional Development Day to encourage educator and administrator participation from neighbourhood schools as well as DL schools.


Request for Proposals – Friday Sessions

If you’re interested in presenting at the 2016 Digital Learning Conference, please complete the on-line application form by clicking on the below button. Applications must be completed before December 11, 2015 in order to be considered.

Virtual Schooling in the News

InTheNewsBeginning with Google News alert for virtual school.

Skyline School fills void with online science classes

So the district turned to technology and found Edgenuity, an on-line virtual school that provides the necessary lessons. Research has shown that …

Celebrations for county’s children living in care

WARWICKSHIRE County Council’s Virtual School for Children held its 8th annual awards ceremony last week to celebrate the academic and personal …

Omaha school officials discuss possible virtual school

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha Public Schools superintendent has proposed offering online classes through a district-run virtual school.

Hallsville ISD trustees increase transfer tuition, set fee for virtual school

HALLSVILLE — Despite concerns voiced from Hallsville ISD parents, trustees have increased the district’s transfer tuition rate by $200 for families with …

Can California AG’s new bureau clean up for-profit virtual schools?

Emma stars in a promotional video on the website for California Virtual Academies, a chain of online virtual schools run by the online school …

5 things Arizona teachers want from parents

You can’t escape hearing about Arizona schools and the need for more money. While without a doubt I would say the system needs adjusting, when I …

‘Behind the times’ OPS talks swapping desks for desktops

The Omaha Public Schools could join a growing number of districts offering virtual schools, where students trade traditional brick-and-mortar …

Charter panel backs online, farm schools

Dennis Beck, president of Arkansas Connections Academy Inc., the sponsor of the planned statewide virtual school’s board of directors, told the panel …

Panel favors plans for 2 charter schools

The plan for the Fayetteville Virtual Academy, which was praised by panel … School Choice Act provisions to enroll in the district and virtual school.

Margaret Lavin: Teachers at California’s largest online charter school unionize

About 750 teachers at California’s largest virtual charter school operator, California Virtual Academies (CAVA), will now have a stronger voice in …

Walnut Creek Intermediate School principal named

“She directed program management teams and supported more than 120 online and blended virtual schoolprograms for district partners,” Wool said.

Lafayette schools consider two finalists for school improvement job

The Lafayette Parish school system will consider the superintendent of … He also started a virtual school for grades K-12 that enrolls students across …

Skyline Schools using technology to teach after loss of science teacher

“We held a virtual school out of here until recent budget cuts forced us to eliminate that program, so we were already relatively comfortable with that,” …

Temecula Teacher Mitch Brown receives Teachers are Heroes Award

… at NHS, when he’s not working with his Independent Study students or teaching AP History & Government at Temecula Advantage Virtual School.

Guest Column: Secrets to successful magnet schools

… for their children whether it be a neighborhood school, magnet school, charter school, private or parochial school, home school or virtual school.

‘Virtual School’ An Option For Bad Weather – Brevard NC

With the approach of winter and inclement weather, Transylvania County Schools’ administrators are preparing to have virtual school days.

Virtual Classroom Allows Students to Pursue Equestrian Interest and Other Activities

For the Wright family, virtual school provides the freedom to travel for equestrian competitions, and the time to participate in various sports like archery, …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

LETTER: Why We Are Thankful for Virtual Schooling

Attending a cyber school has allowed him the flexibility he needs to juggle his time between academics and piano study. For example, he can take …

Judge rejects indictment plea for cyber school founder accused of siphoning $1M from school

A federal judge has rejected Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School founder Nick Trombetta’s last remaining bid to have his indictment thrown out on his …

Auditor general to take comparative look schools

In recent months, state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s staff has performed concurrent audits of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, the …

Charter founder Brown has dementia, charges dismissed

Brown, 78, who founded three small charter schools in Philadelphia and a cyberschool in the suburbs, had been charged with scheming to defraud …

Education Plus cyber charter closes its learning centers

… Cyber Charter School were left scrambling Tuesday when the troubled cyberschool announced that it was closing its learning and tutoring centers, …

Russian Plane Shot Down; Charter School Founder Has Dementia; Terror Threats in Busiest …

78 year old Brown founded three small charter schools in Philadelphia and a cyber school in the suburbs. She had been charged with scheming to …


November 27, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

From yesterday’s inbox…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Speak Up America, which will take place from December 7th to December 11th. This week long celebration of Speak Up participants features National Speak Up Day (December 9th), preliminary data snapshots, opportunities to win class/school grants and free conference registrations, and more.Click here to learn more about Speak Up America.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the Speak Up survey! Surveys are open through December 18th on our official survey page. Let’s take a look at our survey counts:

Survey counts as of November 24

253,815 (and counting!) overall surveys taken.

Students: 208,775

Teachers: 21,161

Administrators: 2,422

Parents: 18,136

Community Members: 3,321

Speak Up Superstars! Our top participants as of today, based on total survey counts:

Top Schools:
Klein Oak High School, Klein ISD, TX
Klein Forest High School, Klein ISD, TX
Arrowhead High School, Arrowhead UHS School District, WI
Klein Collins High School, Klein ISD, TX
San Elijo Middle School, San Marcos Unified, CA

Top Districts:
Klein ISD, TX
Weslaco ISD, TX
Elkhart Community Schools, IN
Brevard County School District, FL
Baltimore City Public School System, MD

Top States:
Indiana with 59,000
Texas with 47,000
Alabama with 21,200
California with 17,500
North Carolina with 16,500

As always, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and our Blog. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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AERA Highlights – November 2015

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November 2015

Research Policy and Funding News
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AERA in the News


Thanksgiving Message From AERA’s Executive Director
As we head into the Thanksgiving break, AERA sends all of our members, friends, and families a special holiday greeting.
AERA et al. File Amicus Brief as Supreme Court Prepares to Reconsider Fisher
AERA, joined by nine other scientific societies, filed an amicus curiae brief in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin urging the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the overwhelming scientific evidence relevant to the case.
AERA to Hold National Press Club Briefing on the Science of Diversity and Affirmative Action
On Monday, December 7, 2015, a panel of experts will discuss the scientific evidence on the use of race as a factor in university admissions policies and the educational benefits of student diversity.
AERA Issues Statement on Use of Value-Added Models
AERA released a statement in early November cautioning about the limitations of using value-added models (VAM) to assess the performance of educators and educator preparation programs.

Research Policy and Funding News

Common Rule Comment Period Extended to January 6, 2016
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking comments for proposed changes to the Common Rule—the federal regulations for the protection of human subjects (45CFR46). The comment period was extended 30 days to January 6, 2016.
National Board for Education Sciences Meets
For the first time since becoming acting director of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Ruth Nield joined David Chard, chair of the National Board for Education Sciences (NBES), to welcome board members, IES staff, and visitors to the NBES meeting this month.
AERA Submits Comments on OBSSR Strategic Plan
On November 20, AERA submitted comments to the NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) regarding the office’s strategic plan for FY 2016 – 2020.

2016 AERA Membership Renewal is Open
Go to If you have any questions, contact Thank you for supporting your association, as we strive to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

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AERA in the News

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