Virtual School Meanderings

June 20, 2021

EBSCO Alerts

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 8:07 am
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ebscoFirst, I received the alert for virtual schools, but there were no relevant items.

Next, I did not receive the alert for cyber schools.

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

So nothing to report this week.

June 19, 2021

Virtual Schooling In The News

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InTheNewsBeginning with Education Dive.

SPONSORED CONTENT BY K12 DIVE’S STUDIOID

Leverage digital learning in the back-to-school transition

As in person-learning returns, most schools say they will continue to use digital learning. Learn how educators are ensuring a smooth back-to-school transition in this webinar.

Next, the EdSource Today.

By John Fensterwald, EdSource
Many of the 136 veteran California teachers surveyed found hybrid learning was enervating, and districts didn’t seek advice on reopening.

Also, EdClips.

 

Moving on to the various items from Education Week.

ANALYST’S VIEW
Inside Khan Academy’s Expansion Into School Districts and Online Tutoring
Khan Academy educational videos have long been a staple of student learning away from school, but it is now ramping up its efforts to work directly with school systems.
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Illustration of girl working on computer at home.
ED-TECH POLICY,OPINION
Why Are We Turning Our Backs on Remote Learning?
Neither the detractors nor defenders of remote learning are fully in the right, argues one superintendent.
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CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY
How K-12 Schools Tamed Silicon Valley
Forget disruption. Ed-tech startups Clever and Nearpod just sold for a combined $1 billion because they solved schools’ everyday problems.
Clever co-founders, left to right, Tyler Bosmeny, Dan Carroll, and Rafael Garcia at the company's San Francisco headquarters in 2015.
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CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY,OPINION
‘My Online Learning Experience as a Student Is Not So Good’
High school students reveal what they like and don’t like about remote learning, and whether they prefer it.
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STUDENT WELL-BEING,VIDEO
Where Friendship Happens When School Goes Online
With school online and social interactions limited, senior Nate Bone found a new group of friends through his school’s cross country team.
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SCHOOL & DISTRICT MANAGEMENT,FROM OUR RESEARCH CENTER
To Offer Remote Learning in the Fall or Not? Schools Are Split
An EdWeek Research Center survey shows that nearly 4 of every 10 educators say their schools will not offer any remote instruction options.
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Next, the different newsletters from eSchool News.

7 fun ISTE 2021 sessions to add to your schedule
ISTE 2021 is virtual, but its sessions are no less compelling–which ones will you attend?

7 fun ISTE 2021 sessions to add to your schedule

Parents want post-pandemic online learning options
Online learning was an adjustment for everyone, but now, parents say they’d like to keep it as a learning choice moving forward.

Parents want post-pandemic online learning options

Simply Smarter education
Today’s tech-savvy students and teachers expect to be able to communicate in collaborative environments. To encourage student engagement, classrooms and libraries need technology that can keep up. Sharp can help improve efficiencies, encourage learning from anywhere and optimize workflow and document processes with award winning printers and copiers, collaboration and digital displays, managed print services, managed IT services and more.

Simply Smarter education

Securly Playbook: 5 Strategies for Hybrid Learning Success
Discover five foundational strategies districts should employ when developing their hybrid learning initiatives, complete with concrete steps administrators can take today to ensure sustainable hybrid learning success tomorrow, and beyond.

Securly Playbook: 5 Strategies for Hybrid Learning Success

4 things we need to realize about digital equity
The pandemic moved digital equity concerns to the forefront–here’s how to support robust access to online learning resources.

4 things we need to realize about digital equity

Four Keys to Making Hybrid Learning Work
To support safe and socially distanced learning during the pandemic, many schools have created hybrid learning environments that combine face-to-face and online instruction. In most of these scenarios, the students who are learning remotely are taking part in live class sessions with their peers through video conferencing.

Four Keys to Making Hybrid Learning Work

Using Federal Funding to Support Student Success
The federal government set aside billions of dollars to help K-12 schools implement upgraded technology for improving outcomes and providing in-person and virtual services. Our latest white paper outlines how schools are using federal funding and technology to increase student connection and success.

Using Federal Funding to Support Student Success

Cheers and questions as some states and big school districts remove virtual learning option for fall
As learning moves forward after COVID, districts are faced with tough decisions around virtual learning options.

Cheers and questions as some states and big school districts remove virtual learning option for fall

Also, the variety of mailings from ASCD.

Teacher: Pandemic year has not been “lost”
Teacher: Pandemic year has not been "lost"
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This past school year of remote instruction should not be referred to as “lost,” says Nancy Yeh, a high-school math and English-as-a-new-language teacher in New York City. In this interview, Yeh says there have been successes, and her students are learning as much remotely as they would have during in-person lessons.

Full Story: Chalkbeat/New York (6/11)

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What districts are doing to find “missing” students
What districts are doing to find "missing" students
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Some school district officials say they are knocking on doors, offering food pantries and engaging in other outreach to address high rates of absenteeism among students who have disconnected from school during remote instruction. Corey Harris, chief of schools for Boston Public Schools, estimates that as many as 1,300 of the district’s approximately 51,000 students are unaccounted for because they have not logged into virtual school or returned to in-person learning.

Full Story: ABC News (6/11)

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Questions to explore when retaining online elements
Questions to explore when retaining online elements
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Many school districts plan to continue with some of the various online-learning approaches they have used during the pandemic, Lee Wilson, a senior adviser with virtual classroom company Vedamo, writes in this commentary. Wilson offers questions for districts to explore to refine longer-term decisions about what is best for each district in terms of format, tech choices and future innovation.

Full Story: T.H.E. Journal (6/9)

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Teachers become researchers on teaching, learning
Teachers become researchers on teaching, learning
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Teacher-led A/B tests are among the approaches being used to help a group of teachers experiment, gather data and identify the most successful teaching and learning approaches for their students. Illinois teacher Krystal Clifton, who studied in-person teaching versus Zoom teaching versus self-paced instruction, is among 30 US teachers participating in the Learning Agency Lab’s Teacher Run Experiment Network, which is modeled after Maine middle-school math teacher Bill Hinkley’s A/B homework experiment.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report (6/14)

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Kan. “curriculum corridor” built around technology
Kan. "curriculum corridor" built around technology
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Recent Kansas State Board of Education approval allowing computer science to fulfill one of a student’s core requirements in math or science rounds out an existing “curriculum corridor” of classes in programming, application design and robotics. Such offerings will help students find a home in the evolving job market and boost the state’s technical workforce, says board member Scott Rothschild.

Full Story: St. Joseph News-Press (Mo.) (tiered subscription model) (6/14)

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Will online AP classes offer options to rural students?
Will online AP classes offer options to rural students?
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The adoption of virtual education during the pandemic has put technology in place that allows rural Massachusetts schools to offer virtual Advanced Placement classes when in-person classes are considered too small. About 30 students from Athol High School plan to take the mixed asynchronous-live AP classes, says Principal David King, who says he worries that online classes will be lacking compared with the in-person experience.

Full Story: WBUR-FM (Boston) (6/15)

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Hybrid colleges form collaborative coalition
Hybrid colleges form collaborative coalition
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The newly formed Hybrid College Network is a collaborative coalition of online and nonprofits that offer courses in unconventional spaces designed to make higher education more accessible. The schools and nonprofits that provide supportive services follow competency-based, online degree programs aimed at providing a lower-cost streamlined experience.

Full Story: EdSurge (6/14)

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Museum’s online field trips offer real science learning
Museum's online field trips offer real science learning
Kelly (Bill Ingalls/NASA/Getty Images)
The Natural History Museum of Utah offers a virtual field trip program for middle-school students that takes a deep dive into real science. Madlyn Larson, director of education initiatives at the facility, says the program has digitized items from the museum’s collection and offers opportunities for students to engage in real-world research and have live talks with scientists and guests, including astronaut Scott Kelly.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report (6/17)

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Report: Closing digital divide could bolster economy
Report: Closing digital divide could bolster economy
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Improving connectivity for students can benefit the global economy, according to an Economist Intelligence Unit report. Researchers found that better connectivity — and improved learning outcomes for students — leads to socioeconomic gains.

Full Story: T.H.E. Journal (6/17)

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WhatsApp text group is lifeline for one school community
In a Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood hard hit by the coronavirus, the Parent Teacher Collaborative used WhatsApp to create a group chat that acted as a lifeline. The messaging app was used to post information about online classes and logins; details about how to access food and other resources; and support for parents and families who encountered technical issues.

Full Story: Chalkbeat/New York (6/11)

Lawmakers propose 5 bills to limit tech giants’ power
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced five bills that would significantly lessen the influence and independence of the major tech companies by preventing them from covertly promoting their own products on their platforms, limiting their ability to buy up smaller rivals and giving customers greater access and control over their personal data. If passed, the bills would represent the largest overhaul of monopolies law in decades.

Full Story: BBC (free registration) (6/12),  The New York Times (6/14),  Financial Times (subscription required) (6/11)

District’s device buy-back program cuts costs
The New Albany School District in Mississippi has established a device buy-back program to help make its one-to-one device program sustainable long term, writes Robert Garrett, the district’s director of technology and innovation. In this blog post, Garrett shares how the approach helped reduce device costs by a third and offers tips for other districts interested in adopting a similar program.

Full Story: SmartBrief/Education (6/15)

Online art community gives students purpose
Teachers can use education technology to create an online space where students can share artwork as well as give and receive feedback, writes art teacher Daria Sur. In this article, Sur describes how the online space she created and the ability for students to express themselves and learn from each other “filled their art practice with purpose.”

Full Story: Edutopia (6/15)

Website to monitor use of virtual proctoring
A new website set up by Fight for the Future will monitor which colleges and universities use virtual proctoring software this fall. The software uses students’ webcams and tracks body movements to determine if a student is cheating, a controversial practice that has backfired when students challenged accusations of cheating.

Full Story: The Verge (6/16)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Cy-Fair ISD nixes plans for 2021-22 virtual school; find low-cost Houston-area summer events; and …

Read the most popular Houston-area news from the last week. Cy-Fair Cy-Fair ISD no longer planning to offer virtual school in 2021-22. The Texas …

Some Catholic schools will be permanently “virtual”

The Diocese of Raleigh Virtual School will have classes taught by Catholic teachers from across the country. Two of the new students at the school this …

West Ottawa Schools Announce Changes, Additions for Upcoming Academic Year

Last month, the West Ottawa Board of Education approved the establishment of the West Ottawa Virtual Academy, a new K-12 full-time virtual school …

Alexander City Virtual Academy to go from pandemic fix to selective high school alternative

“We’ll have some virtual school element. It will fall back under the high school principal but we will extend it to evening class opportunities,” Alex City …

‘We’re forever changed’: Schools share challenges and lessons from the pandemic

While one of McConnell’s twin daughters — both seventh graders in Tredyffrin/Easttown — flourished in virtual school, the other struggled. “Mentally …

Germantown Municipal School District announces two new principals

As the first stand-alone virtual school in GMSD, GOAL will provide an additional choice for learning for families in Germantown. Dr. Fisher began her …

‘A Year Full of Emotions.’ What Kids Learned From the COVID-19 Pandemic

Everything around me has gone virtual since: virtual school, virtual playdates, and even virtual birthday parties! This “virtual” world made me feel …

Adams 14 will have no online option for elementary students next year and limited online spots for …

… a one-year program for online learning, in addition to its existing virtual school which is mostly for students able to do more independent learning.

TOPS program at Huntsville ISD experiences record growth during pandemic

… Huntsville Independent School District and the Texas Virtual School Network, specializing in remote learning with certified state licensed teachers.

Brittany Glisson graduated from St. Gerard 19 years ago. Now she’s the executive director

She married Michael, the father of her daughter, Shelby, who graduated from the Florida Virtual School last week. Heather and Michael Roy stand with …

Junior high students from Cheyenne Virtual School make honor roll

CHEYENNE – The following junior high students from the Cheyenne Virtual School were named to the honor roll for the first semester of the 2021-22 …

Sudbury briefs: Peer support for older adults; virtual open house; CampMed next month

Launched in September 2020, this new virtual school operates like a regular school. Since its opening, the Academie virtuelle has welcomed …

Carolyn Hax: A pandemic bubble threatens to pop over disagreement on covid disclosure

After a year of virtual school, we let them go back to the building in April. They play nearly exclusively with a child around the corner from us, and her …

Halifax County families have until Wednesday to decide if they want online learning next year

… Public School families have until Wednesday to decide if they’d like their student to participate in virtual school next year or face-to-face learning.

‘Perseverance’ was the theme of a COVID-19 school year for local families

They liked the fully virtual school, just as they have all year, and said they were interested in trying it for another year, but were taking the summer to …

Education after COVID: Teach differently

Florida Virtual School, an accredited online tuition-free school founded in 1997, employs certified teachers and works nationwide with public, private, …

AT YOUR SERVICE: Langley trustees applaud positives found amid pandemic

For our families who couldn’t return, the district designed an entire virtual school with more than 700 students enrolled. Am I impressed? Absolutely but …

Opinion: Tom Ahart’s contempt for authority comes at a cost, to the children of Des Moines and their …

Virtual school bumped too many kids off track and out of touch with valued teachers, coaches, and friends. There is nothing noble in that.

Callers comment on the teaching of US history, panhandling, school district changes and more

School Board of Alachua County, if you’re wanting to keep the money in the district, start your own little FLVS (Florida Virtual School) — which is a joke …

Local students among Ohio Connections Academy’s Class of 2021

The Class of 2021 is the school’s 13th graduating class for the high-quality, tuition-free virtual school for students in grades K–12. More than a …

Virtual School Opens a Divide That US Parents Fill With Fury

Virtual School Opens a Divide That U.S. Parents Fill With Fury … (Bloomberg) — From the moment that Covid forced the closure of U.S. schools, warnings …

Virtual School Post Pandemic? It’s An Appealing Option For Many Black, Latino And Asian Families

Boston mother of three LaToya Gayle says she would consider sending her teenage son to a fully-virtual school if one opens in Boston. Meredith …

‘It was a godsend’: Lack of virtual options could drive some Austin area students away from …

Virtual learning options. Gallardo has applied to enroll Raymond in Texas Connections Academy, a Houston-based public virtual school open to …

Baljeet Oberoi shares their success mantra in handling virtual school experience

Baljeet Oberoi shares their success mantra in handling virtual school experience. ADVERTISEMENTS. Hans News Service | 14 Jun 2021 10:48 PM …

Check out this year’s virtual end-of-year exhibitions from architecture students across the country

Highlighting the work that graduating students completed during a year of virtual school, the show includes biographical information for each.

TSSAA will allow virtual students in Rutherford County to play sports at zoned schools

(WZTV) — The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association has voted to allow students at Rutherford County Virtual School to play sports, leaders …

More than half of students registered for Henrico Virtual Academy live in Fairfield, Varina districts

… to mind when people think of a good candidate for virtual school, because she has multiple disabilities. There are more support needs involved.

Trigg School Board Approves Teacher Training Program, New Virtual Learning Option

The program will replace the FuelEd A+ program that is no longer being offered and is used for students participating in virtual school. The program …

OSSTF District 9 President Speaks Out Against Hybrid Learning Model

On Friday, the board announced “elementary students who choose a remote learning option will participate in the elementary virtual school while …

Three Powerful Check-In Activities To Jump-Start Your Next Virtual Meeting

… as I tried to finish up a big project and support my kid in virtual school, but the sun came out on Thursday after getting great feedback from the client.

Powell’s virtual school to take students from all grade levels

In a change, a new virtual school being launched by Park County School District 1 will welcome students in all grades. District leaders initially planned …

iSchool to continue to offer public virtual school option

iSchool Virtual Academy is managed by ResponsiveEd and approved to provide virtual instruction as part of the TEA’s Texas Virtual School Network, …

Clayton County offering virtual school sign ups

Clayton County Schools has reopened the opportunity to sign up for virtual learning for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students interested in the south …

Virtual school is on hold for districts in Montgomery County

But as legislation that would provide state funding for virtual school failed to pass the state Legislature this year, districts that had been preparing for an …

French Catholic board to host virtual open house

Launched in September 2020, this new virtual school operates like a regular school but is offered in a virtual mode. Since its opening, the Académie …

‘It’s been tough’: Florida migrant student struggled to connect during virtual school

‘It’s been tough’: Florida migrant student struggled to connect during virtual school. Plant City migrant student Brandon Garcia, 13, was looking forward …

Virtual learning is the new fault line in education: It’s either on the way out or on the rise

Deanna Nye is not ready to send her children back into classrooms come fall, even though she knows the worst of the pandemic may be over.

Everett Schools Offering Virtual School Option For K – 8 This Fall

To serve those families, we are launching Everett Virtual Academy, a virtual school for grades K – 8. Everett Virtual Academy (EVA) is a 100% remote …

Deadline looms to enroll students for virtual learning in St. Lucie County

If your child goes to school in St. Lucie County, time is ticking if you wish to enroll your child in virtual school. Tuesday is the last day to enroll your kids …

I-SS Board approves virtual academy

Hinson told the board the virtual school will only serve students that will take 100% of instruction online. Elementary students will be served through …

Virtual School – the mobility industry’s best kept secret

Virtual School – the mobility industry’s best kept secret. Discover why online schooling is proving to be a real solution for relocating families, employers …

Some Bartlesville students opt to stay with virtual school this fall

Tony Leeson, Jr., 12, flourished in virtual school and plans to remain. After getting a taste of virtual learning last year, some students have decided to …

Wisconsin virtual school allows teenager to form LGBTQ+ club after ACLU intervention

Wren Prahl, a student at iForward virtual school, has been trying to form a. After a months-long battle, a sixth grader at an online-only Wisconsin school …

Hybrid learning model begins next school year for WCDSB secondary students

The report added from November through May for the current school year, 3,890 students learned virtually at the virtual school called St. Isidore, and …

Sarasota County Schools provide virtual options for 2021-22 school year

Full time virtual school is not equivalent to remote learning. In compliance with state statute 1002.45, SVS FT is a free public online school that serves K- …

I Taught Online School This Year. It Was a Disgrace.

Even under optimal conditions, virtual school meant flattening the collaborative magic of the classroom into little more than an instructional video.

Virtual Learning Remains An Option in SCSD No. 1 for 2021-2022

1 K-12 Virtual School will provide families with a tuition free opportunity for students to continue learning in the same capacity they did throughout the …

No virtual classes or masks for vaccinated expected this fall at Carmel Clay Schools

… school building every day, while middle and high school students followed a hybrid schedule that rotated between in person and virtual school days.

Conroe ISD to receive total of $64.7M in federal emergency relief funds; virtual school on hold

In addition, Hines said since virtual schooling did not make it to the state legislative session, CISD families with students enrolled in its planned virtual …

‘Mom needs help. I’m going to work.’ The pandemic’s toll on the education of Florida’s migrant …

Students juggled virtual school with work, sometimes alongside their parents in fields. Some fell behind as they fought spotty internet connections.

Public Virtual School Program Alive and Well in Texas

Texas, June 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TEXAS, Jun 14, 2021 — iSchool Virtual Academy (iSVA) will offer their public virtual school option in …

Boston Scraps Plan To Open Virtual School This Fall

Boston Public Schools superintendent Brenda Cassellius said opening a virtual school in the fall is not feasible at this time. File photo. Pat Greenhouse/ …

Omaha Virtual School Applications Reopen

Omaha Virtual School has reopened applications for the upcoming school year. Our district is adding space for 400 new students in the program for …

USD 305 announces info sessions about new virtual school

USD 305 announces info sessions about new virtual school. Posted Jun 17, 2021 11:36 AM. USD 305 is offering information sessions about its new …

HISD, 29 other districts ask Abbott to add virtual schools funding bill to special session

Thirty school districts, including Houston ISD, and two associations signed a letter to urge Gov. Greg Abbott to add legislation funding virtual learning …

Is the online school over after COVID?These states hold virtual options

The state is allowed to spend money on virtual school education if the school believes it is the best way to help the recovery of certain children.

Ending Virtual-School Oppression: Black Students Disproportionately Punished for Harmless …

Ending Virtual-School Oppression: Black Students Disproportionately Punished for Harmless Behavior at Home During Zoom Classes. by Trice Edney …

The Class of 2021

I opted to attend virtual school to keep my family safe, but it was a big adjustment. There were new teachers and a new curriculum. I tried to keep in touch …

Thousands of Lee County students attending summer school this year

It also wants to remind parents that it will not be offering Lee Home Connect anymore, so anybody that wishes to enroll their child in virtual school for …

Derby schools to return fully in person next school year

Instead, a limited number of students will be able to attend third-party, virtual school programs, such as Accelus, which the district has allowed for …

Boston Public Schools forgo plans for a virtual school this fall

“It’s just too late in the year to start up a full K-12 virtual school,” Cassellius said. “If we could have gotten the green light at the beginning of June when …

Charlottesville approves limited, application-based virtual school option

Charlottesville approves limited, application-based virtual school option … The Charlottesville School Board approved the virtual learning plan at its June …

Department of Education study suggests virtual school negatively impacted some learning

Department of Education study suggests virtual school negatively impacted some learning. News 12 Staff. Jun 17, 2021, 7:32pm. Updated on: Jun 17, …

Ending Virtual-School Oppression: Black Students Disproportionately Punished for Harmless …

Ending Virtual-School Oppression: Black Students Disproportionately Punished for Harmless Behavior At Home During Zoom Classes. June 18, 2021.

WATCH: Brevard Virtual School Principal Heather Price Details the Options and Flexibility of Virtual …

WATCH: Are you considering virtual education for your student? Brevard Public Schools has an option for you. Meet BPS Principal of Brevard Virtual …

Austin ISD requires students to return to campus in August

Some juniors and seniors in danger of dropping out do finish school through its virtual school program. Opting for virtual learning:’It was a godsend’: …

‘I am greatly disappointed’: School board draws criticism for considering hybrid model

… administrative level to rule out separate e-learning or virtual school options,” said Kadri, who is going to be the official York president with OSSTF.

Change and the critical role of HR professionals

“CUNA HR Compliance Certification Virtual School with CUDoctor, being held on August 3rd and 5th, will address the continuing changes in human …

Classmate inspires young fundraisers at Port Lambton school

Sacred Heart was also helped by a more than $1,000 contribution from the local board’s virtual school. “They rallied behind us,” Mellow said

Cornerstone director of education reflects on a difficult school year, which is coming to a close

“There was a large increase in Cyber Stone virtual school,” said Little. Cyber Stone expanded to include Kindergarten to Grade 12 and as a result, led …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Conneaut sets town hall meeting for Aug. 4

Updates on COVID-19 news as it relates to the schools and an overview of the school district’s cyber school program will also be given.

No tax increase in proposed Harrisburg School District budget

And there are still challenges ahead, Celmer noted, pointing out that revenue growth is stagnant and cyber school costs are continuing to escalate.

Indiana schools to fully reopen in fall

The administration was directed to redesign the IDEAL cyber school program to incorporate “a select few” core synchronous courses with the rest of …

The Class of COVID-19: Pleasant Valley student-athlete grows baseball skills, his own business

Asynchronous cyber school could’ve been an opportunity to slack off. Instead, Ratti’s work ethic drove him to continue practicing for his senior season.

The Class of COVID-19: Notre Dame East Stroudsburg softball player turns dream to reality

… the chaotic transition to online classes was difficult, but Pansy said after settling into it, cyber school allowed her the freedom to control her schedule.

Farrell school board hold line on taxes for 3rd consecutive year

He said with the pandemic, more students have converted to cyber school. The district is charged tuition for every student who goes to a cyber/charter …

Boyertown OKs $130M budget that raises taxes 3 percent

… or “fund balance,” although as $1.2 million of that may be recovered under plans to launch a district cyber school that could lure back as many as 80 …

Grad found virtual learning environment a rewarding experience

I’m a cyber school alumna of Commonwealth Charter Academy, so online learning has always felt normal to me. When I began at HACC in 2019 as a …

Pa. lawmakers continue to debate over ‘meaningful’ charter reform

The change established a flat-tiered reduction to cyber school tuition payments and removed language establishing a separate public charter school …

Community saddened by loss of Manchester Playground Program over funding issues

“With the isolation and the cyber school, the quarantining. If there was ever a year that these kids need something, even the parents need something, ..

Local gymnast on her way to Olympic trials

She’s put in the work necessary to be great. In the Fall, she trains for 6 and a half hours a day, then work, and cyber school. The work load is a little …

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June 13, 2021

EBSCO Alerts

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 8:04 am
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ebscoFirst, I received the alert for virtual schools, but there were no relevant items.

Next, I did not receive the alert for cyber schools.

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

So nothing to report this week.

June 12, 2021

Virtual Schooling In The News

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 7:09 am
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InTheNewsBeginning with Education Dive.

Poll: Majority of parents want children in-person, but would like options

Respondents also want to see relief funding prioritized for tech and internet access, support for students with disabilities and meal programs.

Report: Schools should direct students toward a valuable resource — their peers

A new Christensen Institute report shares the importance of peer-to-peer connections and how schools can facilitate models for productive relationships.

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As schools reopen – let’s take time to reflect and rethink

A great travesty would be a rush back to the old normal without the benefit of lessons learned. Discover learning recovery resources.

SPONSORED CONTENT BY K12 DIVE’S STUDIOID

Leverage digital learning in the back-to-school transition

As in person-learning returns, most schools say they will continue to use digital learning. Learn how educators are ensuring a smooth back-to-school transition in this webinar.

Next, EdClips.

 

Also, the EdSource Today.

By Sydney Johnson, EdSource
Parents and education advocacy groups are urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to extend distance learning provisions for the upcoming school year.

Moving on to the various items from Education Week.

Tanya Holyfield, a second grade teacher with Manchester Academic Charter School, teaches remote students from her classroom on March 4, 2021, in Pittsburgh.
SCHOOL & DISTRICT MANAGEMENT
Forbidding Remote Learning: Why Some Schools Won’t Offer a Virtual Option This Fall
Some K-12 leaders say remote learning is inferior and needs to go. But some parents and health experts caution against such strict limits.
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Clever co-founders, left to right,
Tyler Bosmeny, Dan Carroll, and Rafael Garcia at the company's San Francisco headquarters in 2015.
CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY
How K-12 Schools Tamed Silicon Valley
Forget disruption. Ed-tech startups Clever and Nearpod just sold for a combined $1 billion because they solved schools’ everyday problems.
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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
New Data on the Ways Full-Time Remote Learners Lost Out
A new report by the RAND Corp. shows that students who were in fully remote schools had less instructional time and worse outcomes.
Kelly Mack works on her laptop to teach remotely from her early 1940s vintage camper/trailer in her backyard at home in Evanston, Ill., on Sept. 2, 2020. Most students in Illinois have been starting remote learning this fall, according to results from an Illinois State Board of Education survey. Mack teaches math at Nichols Middle School in Evanston.
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SPECIAL EDUCATION
The Challenge of Teaching Students With Visual Disabilities From Afar
Teachers of students with visual disabilities struggle to provide 3-D instruction in a two-dimensional remote learning environment.
Neal McKenzie
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TEACHER PREPARATION
How the Pandemic Is Already Changing Principal-Prep Programs
Principal-prep programs are rethinking key areas like online offerings, equity, recruitment, and district partnerships.
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BUDGET & FINANCE
One Big Reason Schools Are Ditching Remote Learning: The Cost
Despite increasing demand from parents, states are giving districts little financial incentive to provide online learning this fall.
Heath Oates, Superintendent of El Dorado Springs R-2 School District, says to drive through the the school district of El Dorado Springs in Missouri "from end to end could take 45 minutes." Much of it doesn't have cell phone service. His school district is all white. Students were given Verizon Hotspots so they could attend virtually.
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SCHOOL & DISTRICT MANAGEMENT,OPINION
Pump the Brakes on Drive to End Snow Days
Even setting aside (legitimate) questions about hardware, connectivity, and student preferences, ending snow days deserves careful scrutiny.
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READING & LITERACY
Pandemic Prompts Some States to Pass Struggling 3rd Graders
As families wrestle with online learning, a pandemic economy and mental health difficulties, some states are delaying 3rd grade retention.
The Mississippi Department of Education offices are seen in Jackson, Miss. on March 19, 2020. The state's board of education decided this winter that it would suspend the retention policy for third graders this year, allowing all students to pass on to the fourth grade even if they fail the standardized reading test.
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CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY,OPINION
‘My Online Learning Experience as a Student Is Not So Good’
High school students reveal what they like and don’t like about remote learning, and whether they prefer it.
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CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY,OPINION
How Effective Is Online Learning? What the Research Does and Doesn’t Tell Us
Research suggests on average students don’t learn as much online, particularly if they are already struggling, writes Susanna Loeb.
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EDUCATION FUNDING
New COVID-19 Aid Coalition Highlights Strategies for Retaining Teachers, Digital Learning
The coalition representing school officials, teachers’ unions, and others, has pledged a multiyear effort to use relief aid effectively.
Mary Euell helps her sons, Michael Henry, left, and Mario Henry, work through math lessons remotely in their Erie, Pa., home.
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MARKETPLACE K-12
Big Gaps Remain in Students’ Home Internet Access, Survey Reveals
Even as internet access for students away from school has increased, many lack the robust connectivity, a survey by the Consortium for School Networking finds.
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SCHOOL & DISTRICT MANAGEMENT,FROM OUR RESEARCH CENTER
To Offer Remote Learning in the Fall or Not? Schools Are Split
An EdWeek Research Center survey shows that nearly 4 of every 10 educators say their schools will not offer any remote instruction options.
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BUDGET & FINANCE
One Big Reason Schools Are Ditching Remote Learning: The Cost
Despite increasing demand from parents, states are giving districts little financial incentive to provide online learning this fall.
Heath Oates, Superintendent of El
Dorado Springs R-2 School District, says to drive through the the school district of El Dorado Springs in Missouri "from end to end could take 45
minutes." Much of it doesn't have cell phone service. His school district is all white. Students were given Verizon Hotspots so they could attend
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Next, the different mailings from eSchool News.

Securly Playbook: 5 Strategies for Hybrid Learning Success
Discover five foundational strategies districts should employ when developing their hybrid learning initiatives, complete with concrete steps administrators can take today to ensure sustainable hybrid learning success tomorrow, and beyond.

Securly Playbook: 5 Strategies for Hybrid Learning Success

3 ways gamification engages students
Gamification can help students overcome some of the troubles that accompany virtual learning–here’s how.

3 ways gamification engages students

Virtual learning will become more permanent post-COVID
A survey finds that district leaders hope to offer virtual learning for the long haul, and shows they’re focused on inequities in learning opportunities.

Virtual learning will become more permanent post-COVID

5 ways to boost student engagement with STEM learning strategies
These student engagement strategies can help educators create authentic learning experiences for all students using digital tools.

5 ways to boost student engagement with STEM learning strategies

Accelerating Learning with Meaningful Project-Based Learning
The global pandemic has created significant challenges for educators and students alike. Although educators have spent countless hours on designing and enhancing online and hybrid instruction to reach students who are attending school remotely, the evidence suggests that many students are still falling behind in their learning—and a closer look at the problem suggests that engaging students in remote learning is a key challenge. Project-based learning (PBL) offers a solution.

Accelerating Learning with Meaningful Project-Based Learning

The pandemic is boosting student-directed learning
New research documents why digital and mobile tools will continue to play a role in the classroom and be instrumental in student-directed learning.

The pandemic is boosting student-directed learning

Four Keys to Making Hybrid Learning Work
To support safe and socially distanced learning during the pandemic, many schools have created hybrid learning environments that combine face-to-face and online instruction. In most of these scenarios, the students who are learning remotely are taking part in live class sessions with their peers through video conferencing. This live hybrid learning model is less disruptive for teachers because they don’t have to prepare lessons separately for in-class and online students. It’s also more interactive for remote learners because it helps them feel like active members of the class.

Four Keys to Making Hybrid Learning Work

Parents want post-pandemic online learning options
Online learning was an adjustment for everyone, but now, parents say they’d like to keep it as a learning choice moving forward.

Parents want post-pandemic online learning options

Also, the variety of newsletters from ASCD.

Is online instruction more expensive?
Is online instruction more expensive?
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As school districts consider the future of remote instruction, some administrators say it is not financially sustainable to continue virtual learning. Susan Patrick, president and CEO of the nonprofit Aurora Institute, says the perception that online instruction is less expensive than in-person teaching is inaccurate.

Full Story: Education Week (6/7)

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How educators can share resources broadly
How educators can share resources broadly
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The past year’s experience of teaching and learning during a pandemic has highlighted the importance of professional learning communities, writes Vivian Hernandez, a digital learning coach. In this article, Hernandez shares how she used Google Sites, a YouTube channel and a Wakelet to share resources with her school community and beyond.

Full Story: Edutopia (6/4)

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Teacher uses videos to offer student feedback
Teacher uses videos to offer student feedback
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Lee Ferguson, a high-school biology teacher in Texas, uses video messages to provide feedback to students — both remotely and in person. In this article, Ferguson shares how she uses the Loom platform to give a personalized critique on students’ work and build rapport with them.

Full Story: Edutopia (6/8)

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How speech-to-text tech can benefit all students
How speech-to-text tech can benefit all students
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Speech-to-text technology facilitates written expression for students with learning disabilities, says Vikram Nahal, a resource specialist program teacher. Educator Natalie Conway noted that the technology is also helpful for students whose learning disabilities have yet to be discovered.

Full Story: KQED-TV/FM (San Francisco) (6/9)

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Why some districts are keeping a virtual option
Why some districts are keeping a virtual option
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Some school districts, including Houston, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, are taking steps to open virtual academies to accommodate students who preferred online learning during the coronavirus pandemic. The online option is appealing for students who found they thrived with remote instruction, as well as students who need flexible schedules because of jobs and those with certain medical conditions.

Full Story: EdSurge (6/9)

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Data: In-person learning reaches new highs
Data: In-person learning reaches new highs
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Nearly all K-8 schools in the US offered some level of in-person instruction in April, according to data collected by the Institute of Education Sciences. Data shows that at least half of fourth-grade students in April were enrolled in full-time, in-person instruction and that the number of students enrolled in online learning is dropping.

Full Story: U.S. News & World Report (6/10),  Education Week (6/10)

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Knowing when to phase out legacy technology
Knowing when to phase out legacy technology
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The decision to replace legacy technology takes some analysis, and David Chan, the director of instructional technology at Evanston Township High School in Illinois, explains how to make such decisions. The evaluation starts with pinpointing what problems your technology is addressing, Chan writes.

Full Story: EdTech (6/10)

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Teachers consider new applications for remote tools
Teachers are finding that some of the remote-learning tools they have adopted during the coronavirus pandemic could be effective during in-person instruction as well. Stacey Reeder, who teaches sixth-grade English-language arts in Cincinnati, Ohio, said virtual feedback has allowed students to give and receive feedback from their peers, and Aeriale Johnson, a third-grade teacher in San Jose, Calif., said Zoom’s chat feature aided student communication.

Full Story: KQED-TV/FM (San Francisco) (6/4)

History of town’s Black people told online, in lessons
The Hidden Figures of Madison project was created to recognize the untold contributions of Black people to the New Jersey town, says educator Kenisha Tucker, co-founder of the effort. In this interview, Tucker discusses working with the school district to include the program in lesson plans, as well as background on the website that offers photos and stories of luminaries including Don Newcombe, who was among the early Black pitchers in MLB.

Full Story: National Public Radio (6/6)

Studies show benefits of online tutoring programs
Early results from online tutoring efforts in Britain and Italy found the programs improved outcomes for students. A study of the program in Italy found some nonacademic benefits as well, and that tutoring was most effective for students with learning disorders.

Full Story: The 74 (6/7)

Report: Global e-learning market is growing
The global e-learning market — including academic, corporate and government use — reached $250 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2027, according to market research firm Global Market Insights. Of that, North America accounts for 35%, while the Asia-Pacific market is expected to reach 26% of revenue.

Full Story: T.H.E. Journal (6/8)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

The mental strain of virtual school for parents, teachers and kids

The mental strain of virtual school for parents, teachers and kids. 11 hours ago; News; 7:59. After more than four months of virtual learning at home, …

After a tough year, schools are axing virtual learning. Some families want to stay online.

The district will continue the virtual school this fall, which has more than 700 students enrolled. Most students drifted back to their brick-and-mortar …

Without funding, Katy ISD unable to open virtual high school

In an email sent to parents, guardians and staff members, Katy ISD said it would not be able to move forward with the Katy Virtual School High School.

How I adapted to virtual education

These innovative elements in virtual school kept us interested and made us concentrate better as the content was very interesting. It is difficult to …

Remote learning looks unlikely

Frisco ISD announced last month it would introduce a Virtual School as its latest “School of Choice” beginning in the fall. “The permanent, full-time Virtual …

Dallas ISD Preparing To Launch Hybrid Virtual Academy As Future Of Online Learning Uncertain

Virtual school options in local districts could be in jeopardy this fall after Texas lawmakers failed to pass a funding bill. A special session could provide …

School options helpful to those in foster care

So, sometimes they get lost and left behind in a big school, and they need other options, like the smaller setting at a private school or a virtual school.

Savor the joy of special moments

This has been a difficult time for children – what with virtual school, cancelled events and more close contact with stressed-out parents than ever …

Letter: Trivial Pursuit – School Board Edition

If you missed the May 27 virtual School Board meeting, consider yourself in a sense fortunate. · First the Board President denies a parent her Brown Act …

The Soapbox: Daily Herald editors offer brief thoughts on suburban topics in the news.

Virtual school, teaching over Zoom, working from home. But you did it, learned so much and are stronger because of it. Proud to say we knew him when.

Look Ahead, Pittsfield: Virtual school after the pandemic? School committee to weigh options

However, the committee isn’t quite ready to abandon the discussion about keeping a virtual school going beyond this academic year, and has asked …

NC A&T, NC Virtual Public Schools collaboration grows first-ever virtual nutrition, animal science …

NCVPS will be the first virtual school program in the country to provide agricultural content through the state department of education,” said Eliz Colbert, …

Reader letter: Teachers deserve applause for doing best to keep online classes interesting

I am a grandmother who has been assisting my granddaughters in kindergarten and grade three since September in the virtual school. Between the …

Online classes to counteract summer learning loss during pandemic

McAlmont said the virtual school year has been detrimental for many. “For some children, it was really heartbreaking that they had made progress …

Hockey to augment school’s curriculum

Schools in the region just returned to in-person learning after their most recent interruption which involved three weeks of virtual school due to COVID.

Graduating high school students celebrate after tough, confusing year

“Personally it was a hard year so I came from a 3.5 to a 3.3 so having virtual school wasn’t the best I had to overcome a lot of obstacles but at the end …

‘The class of 2021 is unique’: Veterans Memorial Coliseum hosts graduation ceremonies for …

“Virtual school was pretty tough. I got through it, and these last couple of months being at school has been a real mood lifter.” “This year and a half has …

Magic at Montrose: Chicago’s bird-watching hotspot

Andrea Tolzmann and her kids often rush to Montrose Beach with their cameras and binoculars early in the morning before virtual school begins.

After a tough year, schools are axing virtual learning. Some families want to stay online.

Parents guide to virtual school: 9 questions to help vet your back-to-school choices. Fourth-grader Landon Chavez, 9, attends class remotely May 25 …

Virtual Schools Market Regional Forecasts Research | Connections Education, K12 Inc, Mosaica …

… Education, K12 Inc, Mosaica Education, White Hat Management, Abbotsford Virtual School, Alaska Virtual School, Basehor-Linwood Virtual School.

Katy Families Discuss Virtual School Amid Uncertain State Funding

Bill for Virtual School Funding Does Not Pass. The Texas Legislature session ended on May 31and the bill that would have provided school districts …

Cy-Fair ISD no longer planning to offer virtual school in 2021-22

Less than a month after district officials first publicly announced plans to launch Cy-Fair ISD Virtual School in 2021-22, Leslie Francis, assistant …

Sequim School District schedules a Dungeness Virtual School informational night

Riccobene said the virtual school can accommodate an influx of students, hiring staff as enrollment grows. For more information or to register, call …

Conroe ISD puts virtual school on hold after state bill fails

“Prior to the end of the legislative session, CISD was actively making plans for a virtual school for the 2021-2022 school year,” CISD Director of …

What to know about the MCPS virtual academy

The virtual school will be for students with specific health or personal concerns. A return to full-time, in-person school will be the “default” for students …

Schools embrace technology to help children with transition

Virtual school tours are helping children in the north and north-east move on with their education. Whether pupils are starting primary one or making …

Microsoft’s Windows Virtual Desktop is now Azure Virtual Desktop

It now hosts anything from virtual school labs to the traditional remote enterprise use cases. These new users also have somewhat different needs and …

What a year: This was a roller coaster year in Durham schools. We look back at all of the ups and …

Others grapple with virtual school and the requirements for synchronous learning. The first school COVID cases and outbreaks are reported, sparking …

New York Students Must Still Be Masked In School

He worried that dropping the mandate would mean some students would opt for virtual school and miss the final days of in-person learning and even …

Summer School Attracts Students Now That It’s In Person Again

Veldhuizen surmises that kids that age are particularly burned out from hybrid and virtual school. However, because of more federal funding, the …

Ontario students are up to 3 months behind in their learning due to COVID-19 lockdowns: Science …

Virtual school. Six-year-old Peyton Denette works on her speech and language skills with speech-language pathologist Olivia Chiu of Two Can Talk …

Frisco ISD ‘unable to move forward’ with virtual school option

“The permanent, full-time Virtual School is being planned to serve students in grades 3-12,” Waldrip stated in an April letter to the community. “Students …

Worcester school department canceling virtual academy plans

The virtual school would have featured a fully online curriculum, taught by its own seven teachers and led by a principal. School officials did not intend …

Seniors savor in-person graduations following virtual school year

Seniors savor in-person graduations following virtual school year. Changes have been made to traditional graduation ceremonies to protect everyone …

Seniors savor in-person graduations following virtual school year – Press Enterprise

Seniors savor in-person graduations following virtual school year – Press Enterprise. riverside12 mins ago. The last memory Brian Martinez left in high …

Boston School Committee Chairwoman Resigns After Disparaging Texts Surface

The texts were sent during a virtual school board hearing in October where the standardized test for Boston exam schools was temporarily eliminated, …

Agora Cyber Charter School Class of 2021 To Be Celebrated with Online Graduation Ceremony

Students enroll in virtual school for a number of reasons, including those looking to escape bullying, those who may have fallen academically off track, …

After a brutal COVID-19 school year, weather is scrambling Philly HS graduation plans.

… with the fallout from a pandemic and a completely virtual school year for most city teenagers, including seniors capping their high school careers.

Virtual charter schools offer a different education model

One of Joines’ sixth grade students, Raven Johannessen, has been attending virtual school since kindergarten. Johannessen’s mother, Jessica …

Houston-area districts’ plans for virtual schools dashed after Dems’ walkout killed funding bill

At Conroe ISD, officials were working on plans for a virtual school before the end of the legislative session, Director of Communications Sarah …

Cy-Fair ISD no longer planning to offer virtual school in 2021-22

When Chief Academic Officer Linda Macias presented the proposed plan for a virtual school at the May 10 board meeting, she was clear that the tuition- …

Simcoe County schools prepare for unique graduation ceremonies

With the final virtual school bell about to ring on the 2020-2021 school year, time is limited for school boards to adjust to the changes. “Our schools …

What to know about TSSAA and virtual schools: Which athletes are eligible and which aren’t

Each virtual school must choose one of those two options. To be eligible, that virtual school must be a TSSAA member school. However, virtual …

Here Come the Virtual Academies

“Students who enroll in virtual school but don’t have those social networks built in—we are worried about those students,” he says. As for the student- …

Virtual school tours to Korea grow popular in Hong Kong, Taiwan

By Jun Ji-hye. A program offering virtual school tours to Korea, operated by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), has become popular in Hong Kong …

CSC Nouvelon’s Académie virtuelle to host virtual open house

Full-time virtual school will be offered by the Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon this September. A virtual open house will be held this evening for …

Facing enrollment declines, some Catholic dioceses are betting on online schools

In the fall, Vanessa, 14, and Alex, 10, will attend the new Diocese of Raleigh Virtual School. Fields and his wife, who run a small book business, both …

Four administrators named for all-virtual FCPS program

“[Virtual school] is clearly working for a segment of our student body,” Oland said, “so we’re excited we’re going to be able to offer this.” Follow Jillian …

Virtual School Market Cumulative Impact of COVID-19 – 2021 – 2028Inspire Charter Schools …

An online school (virtual school or e-school or cyber-school) teaches students entirely or primarily online or through the internet. Some of the Top …

Massive Growth in Virtual School Market Set to Witness Huge Growth by 2027 | Inspire Charter …

“Virtual School Market is growing at a High CAGR during the forecast period 2021-2027. The increasing interest of the individuals in this industry is …

Making Plans for Virtual School? You’re Not Alone

Making Plans for Virtual School? You’re Not Alone. Planning ahead can make all the difference for students, families and equity. By Erin Werra; 06/09 …

Citadel research shows lack of confidence among SC principals during virtual school

Virtual school will be an option for students in Dorchester District 2 and Charleston County School District next school year. Those districts will have …

Local parent, counselor weigh in after end of virtual school year

“I think parents and children are tired and exhausted, and we are ready for it to be done,” said Cameron. Virtual school was uncharted waters that …

Youngstown City Schools will offer a virtual school starting next year

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown City School District will offer a virtual school for 1st- through 12th-graders beginning next school year.

Texas school districts roll back options after lawmakers fail to extend life of virtual learning

On Tuesday, Frisco Superintendent Mike Waldrip announced that the district had to cancel plans to open a virtual school this fall because funding to …

TSSAA rules on athletic eligibility of students at virtual schools

The Board voted to permit the transfer of a student’s athletic record to a district-operated virtual school under the existing rules, permitting transfers due …

Let’s Give It up to the Students! Oregon Virtual Academy Class of 2021 Ready to Take Over the World

Prior to the pandemic, students enrolled in virtual school for a number of reasons— some were looking for a safe and healthy environment to school, …

How a cross-country, old-school, writer-editor team slayed COVID-19: ‘We had done this before …

… little east-end house, now bursting with two working parents and two kids navigating the early pandemic confusion of virtual school, and phone her.

Impact of Covid-19 on Virtual School Market Share with Top Countries Data, Size 2021, Global …

The latest report on the Virtual School market is an all-inclusive assessment of the business sphere and highlights the vital parameters of the industry …

This Chicago science teacher tackled chemistry and racism in her virtual lab

… the selective enrollment Westinghouse College Prep, starting out another virtual school year at a new school — a daunting transition that sometimes …

Falmouth Public Schools Not To Pursue Virtual School This Year

Falmouth School Committee on Tuesday, June 8, discussed the possibility of creating a virtual school, but following much deliberation voted to not …

Germantown receives approval for virtual school

Germantown receives approval for virtual school. By Abigail Warren, Daily Memphian Updated: June 10, 2021 10:26 PM CT | Published: June 10, …

Public School Board to Offer Virtual and In-Person Learning for 2021-22 School Year

The board says “elementary students who choose a remote learning option will participate in the elementary virtual school while secondary students …

Charlottesville City Schools prepare to offer application-only virtual school

That may be the goal, but there is another option for certain students: virtual school, available by application. Here’s what we know so far: it’s an option …

Ending Virtual-School Oppression: Black students are disproportionately punished for harmless …

Ending Virtual-School Oppression: Black students are disproportionately punished for harmless behavior at home during Zoom classes. June 11 …

Alliance-area students graduation from virtual school

Alliance-area students graduation from virtual school. The Alliance Review. Ohio Connections Academy logo. Alliance-area students were among …

GECDSB, union looking at school plan for September

Elementary students who choose a remote learning option will participate in the elementary virtual school. Secondary students opting out of in-person …

Summer learning opportunities offer students a chance to unplug, socialize with peers

Lucas oversees the district’s curriculum and student learning programs and leads Centennial’s new virtual school. The district has long offered credit …

St. Johns virtual, technical schools graduate around 70 students

At St. Johns Virtual School, 26 students graduated in the class of 2021. Among them are Valedictorian Kathryn Grace Giles and Salutatorian McKenna …

Stronger budget, higher enrollment in 2021-22 predicted for Kalamazoo Public Schools

Superintendent Rita Raichoudhuri said Thursday that 548 students are enrolled in virtual school for next year. Parents are able to transition their children …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Legislators have failed to act on PA cyber charter reform | My Turn

… though no matter where a student is from, that student receives the same programs/services at that cyber school as any other student enrolled there.

Schooling in the pandemic: a year like no other

Lewisburg ended the school year with 73 students attending outside cyber charter schools. Enrollment in the district’s cyber school fell from the start to …

With a legacy at stake, Gov. Tom Wolf pushes for fair school funding

His plan also would limit cyber-school enrollment until the educational quality improves, require charter programs to have policies that prevent …

Education funding front and center as clock ticks on PA budget talks

… should follow the student to the cyber charter school attended, rather than a cyber school’s tuition is based on actual costs to run the program.

Reach Cyber Charter School Celebrates 2021 Senior Class

To learn more, go to http://www.connectionsacademy.com/reach-cyber-school or call 1-(844)-227-0920. ABOUT REACH CYBER CHARTER SCHOOL.

Virtual School Market Cumulative Impact of COVID-19 – 2021 – 2028Inspire Charter Schools …

An online school (virtual school or e-school or cyber-school) teaches students entirely or primarily online or through the internet. Some of the Top …

Pennsylvania’s Path Forward | The future of Cyber School

Pennsylvania’s Path Forward | The future of Cyber School. by CBS 21 News. Wednesday, June 9th 2021. AA. WHP. Facebook Share Icon · Twitter …

Punxsutawney School Board votes for no tax increase in budget

The issue of cyber school has been a focal point of board discussion when it comes to budget and funding matters. The Punxsutawney School District …

Mars school board OKs $55M budget

… without the increase in real estate tax, the school district needs 37% of students to return from cyber school to make up the nonrecurring revenue.

JMCSS names head of school for JASA

The release says Currie will oversee academics and instruction for the K-12 cyber school, and former JMC CyberSchool principal, Dr. Teresa …

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June 6, 2021

EBSCO Alerts

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 8:02 am
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ebscoFirst, the alert for virtual schools.

1. TI- Moving on Up? A Virtual School, Student Mobility, and Achievement. EdWorkingPaper No. 20-309
AU- Paul, James D.
AU- Wolf, Patrick J.
AU- Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University
SO- Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University
DT- 20201221
YR- 2020
PG- 34
PT- Report
SU- Virtual Schools; Student Mobility; Charter Schools; Academic Achievement; School Effectiveness; Reading Achievement; Mathematics Achievement; Scores; Elementary School Students; Middle School Students
SU- Elementary Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
AB- Virtual charter schools provide full-time, tuition-free K-12 education through internet-based instruction. Although virtual schools offer a personalized learning experience, most research suggests these schools are negatively associated with achievement. Few studies account for differential rates of student mobility, which may produce biased estimates if mobility is jointly associated with virtual school enrollment and subsequent test scores. We evaluate the effects of a single, large, anonymous virtual charter school on student achievement using a hybrid of exact and nearest-neighbor propensity score matching. Relative to their matched peers, we estimate that virtual students produce marginally worse ELA scores and significantly worse math scores after one year. When controlling for student mobility during the outcome year, estimates of virtual schooling are slightly less negative. These findings may be more reliable indicators of the independent effect of virtual schooling if matching on mobility proxies for otherwise unobservable negative selection factors.
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AN- ED610303
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2. TI- Uncovering the Challenges and Leadership Practices of Virtual School Principals
AU- Gustafson, David C.
AU- Haque, MD
SO- Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, v23 n4 Win 2020
VI- 23
IP- 4
DT- 20200101
YR- 2020
PT- Academic Journal
PT- Report
SU- Principals; Virtual Schools; Leadership; Public Schools; Private Schools; Charter Schools; Administrator Characteristics; Skills; Elementary Secondary Education
GE- California
SU- Elementary Secondary Education
AB- Virtual schools are one of the fastest growing educational options for students in the United States. In spite of the increase in virtual program options and enrollment, limited research has been conducted on how virtual school principals lead their organizations. This qualitative case study explores the challenges facing virtual school principals and how these leaders navigate these challenges. Data were collected through semi-structured, one-on-one interviews with 20 public, private, and charter virtual school principals from across California. The findings from this study identified the essential skills and ways in which virtual principals overcome leadership challenges. These factors included: Being open to new ideas, taking positive risks, staying flexible, empowering staff, communicating effectively, and serving stakeholders. The findings from this study can offer insight to many traditional brick and mortar school leadership that are holding fully online classes due to COVID-19.
LA- English
IS- 1556-3847
AN- EJ1279156
TY- EJ
LV- Not available from ERIC
EM- 2021
RV- Y

3. TI- Bricks and Mortar vs. Computers and Modems: The Impacts of Enrollment in K-12 Virtual Schools. EdWorkingPaper No. 20-250
AU- Bueno, Carycruz
AU- Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University
SO- Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University
DT- 20200701
YR- 2020
PG- 50
PT- Report
SP- National Science Foundation (NSF)
SU- COVID-19; Pandemics; School Closing; Online Courses; Electronic Learning; Elementary Secondary Education; School Choice; Educational Policy; Cognitive Development; Student Behavior; Public Schools; Academic Achievement; Elementary School Students; Middle School Students; High School Students; Probability; Graduation; Outcomes of Education; Virtual Schools; Tests; Scores
GE- Georgia
SU- Elementary Secondary Education; Elementary Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools
AB- The COVID-19 pandemic has put virtual schooling at the forefront of policy concerns, as millions of children worldwide shift to virtual schooling with hopes of “slowing the spread”. Given the emergency shift to online education coupled with the large increase in demand for virtual education over the last decade it is imperative to explore the impacts of virtual education on student outcomes. This paper estimates the causal effect of full-time virtual school attendance on student outcomes with important implications for school choice, online education, and education policy. Despite the increasing demand for K-12 virtual schools over the past decade little is known about the impact of full-time virtual schools on students’ cognitive and behavioral outcomes. The existing evidence on the impact of online education on students’ outcomes is mixed. I use a longitudinal data set composed of individual-level information on all public-school students and teachers throughout Georgia from 2007 to 2016 to investigate how attending virtual schools influences student outcomes. I implement a variety of econometric specifications to account for the issue of potential self-selection into full-time virtual schools. I find that attending a virtual school leads to a reduction of 0.1 to 0.4 standard deviations in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies achievement test scores for students in elementary and middle school. I also find that ever attending a virtual school is associated with a 10-percentage point reduction in the probability of ever graduating from high school. This is early evidence that full-time virtual schools as a type of school choice could be harmful to students’ learning and future economic opportunities, as well as a sub-optimal use of taxpayer money. [Additional funding for this report was provided by the American Economic Association (AEA) Mentoring Program.]
LA- English
FT- Y
AN- ED610273
TY- ED
LV- Available online
EM- 2021

4. TI- Communication in Online Learning — How Important Is It?
AU- Ashe, Sherry Janine
AU- Lopez, Robert Molina
SO- Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v94 n1 p15-30 2021
VI- 94
IP- 1
DT- 20210101
YR- 2021
SP- 15
EP- 30
PG- 16
PT- Academic Journal
PT- Report
PT- Tests/Questionnaires
SU- Computer Mediated Communication; Electronic Learning; Online Courses; Teaching Experience; Secondary School Teachers; Virtual Schools; Teacher Student Relationship; Teacher Attitudes; Technology Integration; Technology Uses in Education; Teacher Participation
GE- Alabama
SU- Secondary Education
AB- The purpose of this transcendental phenomenological study was to describe teacher experiences of teacher-to-student technology-mediated communication (TMC) in secondary virtual school (VS) environments in Alabama. The central research question for this study was: How do virtual school teachers in Alabama describe their experiences of teacher-to-student technology-mediated communication in secondary virtual school environments? Students educated in virtual environments use TMC, so teachers must know what kinds of TMC work best. The problem is that the teacher voice has been ignored in identifying teacher-to-student TMC that is effective in secondary VS environments. Using purposeful sampling of 12 VS teachers in Alabama, this research utilized semi-structured interviews, artifacts, and an asynchronous online focus group to uncover teacher experiences of teacher-to-student interactions in VS environments. In seeking meaning from their experiences, the predominant theme of whatever is best for the students became evident. Four themes developed pertaining to the participants’ experiences: Teacher mindset, teacher presence, integration of technology into instruction, and technology issues.
LA- English
IS- 0009-8655
AN- EJ1279615
TY- EJ
LV- Not available from ERIC
EM- 2021
RV- Y

5. TI- Exploring Teachers’ Influence on Student Success in an Online Biology Course. REL 2021-056
AU- Hughes, John
AU- Kisa, Zahid
AU- Sharp, Diana
AU- National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (ED)
AU- Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast (ED)
AU- Florida State University
SO- Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast
DT- 20210101
YR- 2021
PG- 9
PT- Report
SU- Online Courses; Biology; Secondary School Science; High School Students; Teacher Influence; Success; Electronic Learning; Educational Technology; Academic Persistence; Science Tests; Scores; Time; Student Characteristics; Teaching Methods; Virtual Schools; High School Teachers; Science Teachers GE- Florida
SU- Secondary Education; High Schools
AB- Instruction plays a critical role in student success. However, most studies of teachers’ effects on student learning focus on face-to-face settings. Some aspects of online courses, such as the choice of synchronous or asynchronous instruction and the course structure, might reduce teachers’ influence on their students. This study of an online high school biology course offered by Florida Virtual School examined the variation in students’ course segment (similar to semester) completion rates, end-of-segment exam scores, and time to segment completion that is attributable to the influence of teachers. Students’ scores on the end-of-segment exam varied only slightly across teachers, while completion rates and time to completion varied more. [For the appendixes, see ED609865; for the study snapshot; see ED609866.]
LA- English
CN- EDIES17C0011
FT- Y
AN- ED609863
TY- ED
LV- Available online
EM- 2021
RV- Y
FF- Yes

6. TI- Professional Experiences of Online Teachers in Wisconsin: Results from a Survey about Training and Challenges. Stated Briefly. REL 2016-127
AU- Zweig, Jacqueline
AU- Stafford, Erin
AU- Clements, Margaret
AU- Pazzaglia, Angela M.
AU- Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest (ED), Midwest Virtual Education Research Alliance
AU- Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest (ED)
AU- American Institutes for Research (AIR)
AU- National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (ED)
SO- Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest
DT- 20160201
YR- 2016
PG- 9
PT- Report
SU- Teaching Experience; Teacher Surveys; Training; Teacher Competencies; Barriers; Teacher Education; Faculty Development; Student Behavior; Educational Methods; Elementary School Teachers; Secondary School Teachers; Technology Uses in Education; Academic Persistence; Student Responsibility; Virtual Schools
GE- Wisconsin
SU- Elementary Education; Secondary Education
AB- Wisconsin Virtual School, a state online learning program that offers supplemental online courses to partner districts in Wisconsin, administered a survey to its teachers in fall 2014 to learn more about their training experiences and challenges. More Wisconsin Virtual School teachers reported participating in training or professional development related to online instruction while teaching online than before teaching online or during preservice education. The most frequently reported professional challenges concerned student engagement with and perseverance in online courses. Wisconsin Virtual School teachers indicated that they preferred unstructured professional development to structured professional development for addressing challenges related to students’ perseverance and engagement. [For the full report, see ED561235.]
LA- English
CN- EDIES12C0004
FT- Y
AN- ED611592
TY- ED
LV- Available online
EM- 2021
RV- Y
FF- Yes

7. TI- E-Learning at the K-12 Level: An Overview of the Relevant Literature
AU- Saqlain, Nadeem
AU- Mulcahy, Dennis
AU- Barbour, Michael K.
SO- Journal on School Educational Technology, v16 n2 p39-51 Sep-Nov 2020
VI- 16
IP- 2
DT- 20200101
YR- 2020
SP- 39
EP- 51
PG- 13
PT- Academic Journal
PT- Information Analyses
SU- Electronic Learning; Elementary Secondary Education; Literature Reviews; Technology Uses in Education; Distance Education; Virtual Classrooms; Educational Research; Teacher Role; School Holding Power
SU- Elementary Secondary Education
AB- This paper presents an overview of the relevant literature in the field of the K-12 e-Learning. The literature suggests that eLearning at the K-12 level has been growing exponentially. The main focus of this paper is to describe some foundational concepts such as what is K-12 e-learning, how has it grown, how is the technology employed, and what is the role of an e-teacher. Researchers in the field agree that K-12 e-learning is a form of distance education in which teacher and learners are separated in time or space, and occur through an organization, which offers formal instruction via the internet. The types of e-Learning have been identified. The growth and rationale for e-Learning have been described. Some other relevant aspects of K-12 e-Learning such as virtual school management and student support have been discussed. The challenges of K-12 online learning are also a part of this paper. The necessary attributes for successful online learning environments.
LA- English
IS- 0973-2217
AN- EJ1279258
TY- EJ
LV- Not available from ERIC
EM- 2021
RV- Y

8. TI- We’re All Teachers Now: Remote Learning during COVID-19
AU- Carpenter, Dick
AU- Dunn, Joshua
SO- Journal of School Choice, v14 n4 p567-594 2020
VI- 14
IP- 4
DT- 20200101
YR- 2020
SP- 567
EP- 594
PG- 28
PT- Academic Journal
PT- Report
SU- COVID-19; Pandemics; School Closing; Online Courses; Distance Education; Electronic Learning; Parent Role; Parents as Teachers; Public Schools; Private Schools; Charter Schools; Parent Attitudes; Home Schooling; Virtual Schools; Disease Control
AB- This study examined educational experiences of families under COVID and their schooling decisions in the 2021 school year. Results from a survey of 1743 parents indicate most schools provided educational resources ranging from hardcopy packets to live online instruction. Parents were generally positive about the experience. Parents in private and charter schools reported a more positive experience than those in traditional public schools. Only a small percentage of respondents said they were going to homeschool in fall 2020, but more than a third planned to send their child to a virtual school out of concern about their child’s health.
LA- English
IS- 1558-2159
AN- EJ1285611
TY- EJ
LV- Not available from ERIC
EM- 2021
RV- Y

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

Finally, the alert for K-12 online learning.

1. TI- E-Learning at the K-12 Level: An Overview of the Relevant Literature
AU- Saqlain, Nadeem
AU- Mulcahy, Dennis
AU- Barbour, Michael K.
SO- Journal on School Educational Technology, v16 n2 p39-51 Sep-Nov 2020
VI- 16
IP- 2
DT- 20200101
YR- 2020
SP- 39
EP- 51
PG- 13
PT- Academic Journal
PT- Information Analyses
SU- Electronic Learning; Elementary Secondary Education; Literature Reviews; Technology Uses in Education; Distance Education; Virtual Classrooms; Educational Research; Teacher Role; School Holding Power
SU- Elementary Secondary Education
AB- This paper presents an overview of the relevant literature in the field of the K-12 e-Learning. The literature suggests that eLearning at the K-12 level has been growing exponentially. The main focus of this paper is to describe some foundational concepts such as what is K-12 e-learning, how has it grown, how is the technology employed, and what is the role of an e-teacher. Researchers in the field agree that K-12 e-learning is a form of distance education in which teacher and learners are separated in time or space, and occur through an organization, which offers formal instruction via the internet. The types of e-Learning have been identified. The growth and rationale for e-Learning have been described. Some other relevant aspects of K-12 e-Learning such as virtual school management and student support have been discussed. The challenges of K-12 online learning are also a part of this paper. The necessary attributes for successful online learning environments.
LA- English
IS- 0973-2217
AN- EJ1279258
TY- EJ
LV- Not available from ERIC
EM- 2021
RV- Y

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