Virtual School Meanderings

June 30, 2020

Statistics for June 2020

This entry is being posted back-dated.

Once again a quick statistics entry this month.  In June 2020 there were 2,920 hits from 2,028 distinct visitors.  This was approximately 300 fewer hits, but about 50 fewer visitors than we saw in May 2020.  It was also 800 more hits and about 900 more visitors as June 2019.

The top ten entries during the month were:

  1. We Missed You at Last Week’s Webinar
  2. Special Offer For Your Family From K12
  3. 5 Minutes On K-12 Online Learning With…
  4. Free eBook On Teaching During The Pandemic (133 articles)
  5. Guest Blogger: Examining Accelerated Christian Education
  6. FLVS And Web 2.0
  7. SITE 2015 – Panel on Research on Supporting K-12 Online and Blended Students
  8. FLVS now offers ACT/SAT prep!
  9. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
  10. Virtual Schooling In The News

Finally, the statistics from my old blog site – which is seeing only a touch of traffic now.


June 21, 2020

New Blog: Community Schools Support Students And Families During COVID-19

Some interesting items in this blog entry.

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Blog: Campuses are Closed, But Vital Community School Supports Continue
Webinar: Performance Assessment in College Admissions

School-Based Health Centers: Trusted Lifelines in a Time of Crisis

In Oakland, California, school-based health centers (SBHC)—part of the district’s full-service community school initiative—are offering mental and medical health care and responding to emerging needs of students and families. OUSD’s Chief of Staff Curtiss Surikey writes, “Our SBHC staff have developed a rare institutional trust with students, families, and community members, which is essential for providing care. During shelter-in-place, our SBHCs and health partners have been able to lean into these existing relationships with our students and families. Without these connections, students and families are likely to seek health care in emergency rooms—a much more costly alternative, in terms of both dollars and the health and well-being of our community.”


Click to tweet: School-based health centers in @OUSDNews’ community schools have been able to lean into existing and trusting relationships with students and families during shelter-in-place and respond effectively to health needs in the community. Via @LPI_Learning

Upcoming Webinar

Performance Assessment in College Admissions: How Students Show What They Know and Can Do

Tuesday, June 23, 3 – 4 p.m. ET

Traditional college admissions measures do not always provide a full picture of what aspiring students know and are able to do, leading some higher education institutions to transition to more holistic approaches. On June 23, Reimagining College Access will host a webinar to highlight examples from two New England colleges, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Wheaton College, which have broadened their approaches to admissions decisions by incorporating performance assessments into their applications.

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May 31, 2020

Statistics for May 2020

This entry is being posted back-dated.

Once again a very quick statistics entry this month – as I am posting this over a week late.  In May 2020 there were 3,205 hits from 2,084 distinct visitors.  This was approximately 200 fewer hits, but about 100 more visitors than we saw in April 2020.  It was also 1,000 more hits, but about 200 fewer visitors as May 2019.

So odd numbers this month…

Finally, the statistics from my old blog site – which is seeing only a touch of traffic now.


April 30, 2020

Statistics for April 2020

This entry is being posted back-dated.

Once again a very quick statistics entry this month.  In April 2020 there were 3,459 hits from 1,947 distinct visitors.  This was approximately 700 more hits and 200 more visitors than we saw in March 2020.  It was also 300 more hits and about 300 fewer visitors as April 2019.

The top ten entries this past month were:

  1. We Missed You at Last Week’s Webinar
  2. 5 Minutes On K-12 Online Learning With…
  3. 5 Minutes on K-12 Online Learning with Chris Harrington
  4. Call For JTATE Special Issue – Preservice And Inservice Professional Development During The COVID-19 Pandemic
  5. The Federal Role For Education Right Now, And The Great Need To Match The Unemployed With Job Openings
  6. 5 Minutes on K-12 Online Learning with Saro Mohammed
  7. Review – Frog Dissection
  8. Open Session Reminder: May 5, 2020 – Tony Bates – The Next Five Years: Future Directions For Online Learning – 3pm Eastern Time
  9. Welcome To The April 27-30th Digital Learning Symposium
  10. CompetencyWorks Webinar | 5/12: An Introduction To K-12 Competency-Based Education

It was actually nice to see that eight of the 10 items were actually posted in the past month.  So the current content is popping as more relevant than the historical content for a change.

Finally, the statistics from my old blog site – and I think that this may be the first month where there has been no traffic there at all..

April 13, 2020

U.S. Department Of Education Continues To Provide Flexibility To States

This is an interesting blog entry from the Council of Exceptional Children.

U.S. Department of Education Continues to Provide Flexibility to States

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced new flexibilities to use federal education dollars for technology infrastructure and educator training on distance learning.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, provides ED new authority to waive specific parts of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to ease the burden on the public education system as America’s schoolchildren learn from afar. These flexibilities are temporary and related specifically to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The waivers would enable states and districts to have more flexibility over how they use Title IV Part A funds, which are dedicated to student support and academic enrichment, for technology infrastructure, and professional development to quickly train educators on virtual learning. Additional flexibilities would enable states to move resources to the areas of highest need. Waiver requests will be fast-tracked with a 1-day approval timeframe.

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