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April 16, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchool News Today.

80 percent of schools using digital content, says ASCD survey

digital content

Eighty percent of school and district leaders responding to a recent survey said they use digital content in their curriculum or outside the classroom in certain ways, although equity concerns…

6 ways to make your blended learning PD more successful


“Just do it” may be an effective slogan for a sporting shoe company, but it is not an effective change management technique to move to blended learning.

Next, Education Week’s Industry and Innovation.

Students in Online Credit Recovery Fare Worse Than Peers, Research Finds

Chicago 9th graders who took a face-to-face version of an Algebra I credit-recovery course had better short-term outcomes than those who took the course online, study says. Read more.

(Digital Education)

Returning to the semi-regular ASCD SmartBrief.

Survey reveals trends in digital-content use among ASCD members

Survey reveals trends in digital content use among ASCD members
A majority of respondents to a recent survey of ASCD members said they use digital content in the classroom. Data show 75% use laptops and 62% use tablets for delivering the content. The survey also offers insights about potential roadblocks to digital-content adoption.
eSchool News (free registration) (4/11)


Also the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Report: Blended learning can reengage high-school dropouts

Blended learning may be an effective strategy to reengage students who have dropped out, according to an analysis by the America’s Promise Alliance. The report includes five findings to help guide such programs.
T.H.E. Journal (4/11)

A guide to blended learning PD
eSchool News (free registration) (4/12)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Governor Vetoes Virtual Education Bill – What Happens Next?

… Commonwealth were encouraged in 2015 when Governor McAuliffe signed HB 324, which created a statewide full time public K-12 virtual school.

Vista Grande seeks charter amendment for night school

Vista Grande High School is seeking an amendment to its charter to expand an online-based night school for young people who want to finish their …

JA Canada Launches Online School for Volunteers

With the initiation of the Royden Richardson Virtual School, volunteers will be able to successfully prepare online to deliver JA programs, as well as …

Louisiana’s online charter schools trying to fend off financial, other challenges

Even if they don’t pass, just broaching the topic with lawmakers has turned a light on the increasingly popular yet controversial virtual-school …

Enrollment open for Indian River Virtual school

The Indian River County School District has partnered with Florida Virtual School to develop and launch its own virtual school called Indian River …

Virtual school launching in Indian River County

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Four years after declining a virtual-school partnership with area districts, Indian River County is launching its own. School …

McAuliffe vetoes virtual schools, vouchers, student transfer bills

House Bill 518 would have required some school divisions to allow students at poorly performing schools to transfer elsewhere within the district.

McAuliffe vetoes Bell’s virtual schools bill

Gov. Terry McAuliffe Tuesday vetoed legislation setting up a statewide virtual school program, saying the legislation would create a new executive …

Crenshaw County Virtual School slated for May

With the pull of technology becoming more and more prevalent in society today, the Crenshaw County School System has decided to join the ranks of …

Migrants: virtual school via satellite kicks off

(ANSAmed) – AJACCIO (FRANCE), APRIL 8 – It is an emergency that often remains forgotten amid news of mass deaths at sea or new barriers at …

New Virtual Public School Coming To Arkansas

ARKANSAS (KFSM)– You may have heard of a virtual school before, but you’ve never heard of one quite like this, and it’s coming to Arkansas for the …

Louisiana’s online charter schools trying to fend off financial, other challenges

Senate Bill 149 threatens to cut funding for the stateÕs virtual schools by 50% even though they are public schools and should be funded at the same …

Governor Vetoes Virtual Education Bill – What Happens Next?

Governor McAuliffe has vetoed my legislation on virtual schools, House Bill 8. While I am disappointed with the Governor’s action, I am more resolute …

Pointe Coupee officials look ahead after defeat of school tax proposal

The failure of a 10-year property tax on Saturday that was supposed to generate the funds needed to support a $5,000 pay hike for teachers in Pointe …

Manatee County School Board hears updates to home education process after death of Janiya …

… but a portfolio of schoolwork, or satisfactory completion of work in the Florida Virtual School program can also count toward the annual evaluation.

School board holds first April meeting

… from Madison to Jefferson County and another student who transferred from Madison to Taylor County wanted to start Florida Virtual School.

JIM HIGHT: Profit threat to public education

Incidentally, Locker (2011) writes in “Virtual school in Tennessee may drain taxpayer funds” that “K-12 Inc. compensated its CEO more than $2.6 …

Coaches, ADs react to AHSAA’s decision to allow home-school students to play sports

The AHSAA measure allows home-school, charter school and virtual school students to play high school sports at the public school for which they are …

Today on Context Florida: Love & government, vote solar, America’s greatness and virtual public …

During high school, his son wanted to take an online course through the FloridaVirtual School (FLVS). He’d previously taken several FLVS courses …

Georgia Educator Named 2016 PBS LearningMedia Lead Digital Innovator

… White, serves as technology coordinator at Creekland Middle School in Lawrenceville, GA as well as an adjunct teacher for Georgia Virtual School.

CCBOE to hire school resource officer

The policies include changes to data governance, virtual school and public participation during school board meetings. The board will vote on …

Virtual school, dual enrollment expansion possible for EHS

During a March 29 Enterprise Board of Education meeting, Dr. Brent Hanchey, director of secondary education, presented virtual school policy …

Watch the incredible moment pupils at Jackie Robinson School take to the field that once stood …

Every year on April 15th, Major League baseball players, coaches, managers and umpires wear the number 42 to remember Jackie Robinson.

AHSAA approves enrollment participation opportunities for non-traditional students

Non-traditional students include students who are home school students, virtual school students or students attending a charter school. The action was …

Ozark adopts virtual school policies

OZARK – The Ozark City School Board adopted policies on Thursday governing its offerings of a virtual school program and credit recovery. The state …

Enrollment loss reduction tops list

Some of the students who have chosen to leave the Keokuk School District are attending a virtual school, which consists primarly of online classes.

Lee County schools names 52 ‘Outstanding’ subject area teachers

School counselors: Sheri St. John, Gateway Elementary School; Rosa Skinner, Oak Hammock Middle School; Meredith Berry, Lee Virtual School.

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Cyber School Stirs Strife

A number of students in the Cameron County School District do not report to classes. Instead, they’re enrolled in “cyber school,” a controversial option …

Retirement, cyber school costs among Conneaut’s top budget challenges

CONNEAUTVILLE — Increases in district payments to the Pennsylvania Public Schools Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) and funding for …

Teachers present cyber school options at Lackawanna Trail School Board meeting April 11

Hopkins said that if a Trail student enters a cyber charter school in kindergarten and continues to the highest level of cyber school at $26,000 per year, …

Commentary: Time to fix state’s broken charter school finance law

Not one cyber school has received a passing grade of 70. Not one. The 2012 report reveals that school districts throughout the commonwealth could …


April 10, 2016

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, the alert for virtual school.

1. TI- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Behavior Regulation and Virtual School Support..
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AF- Department of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University; †UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH; ‡Division of Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics and Psychology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH; and §Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA.
LA- English
SO- Journal Of Developmental And Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP; 2016 Apr, Vol.
37 (3), pp. 254-6
TA- J Dev Behav Pediatr
IO- J Dev Behav Pediatr
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MD- Print
ME- Cited Medium: Internet
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PB- Original Publication : [Baltimore, Md.] : Williams & Wilkins, [1980-
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JT- 8006933
SB- In-Data-Review; IM
AB- Case: Tony is a 6-year-old multiracial boy diagnosed as having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder-combined type who is followed in your primary care practice and has started on a stimulant medication. Tony continues to have difficulty with emotion regulation and impulse control both at home and at school. He was asked to leave his private school soon after beginning first grade because of physical fighting, emotional outbursts, and arguing with teachers.His mother made the decision to enroll Tony in online virtual schooling for the remainder of the academic year, with the plan to transition back to traditional school for the next academic year. They have enrolled in a program that offers lessons online and sends materials to the home for the child to use to complete certain types of assignments (e.g., science experiments). Virtual schools are different from traditional home schooling because children receive their instruction from teachers online with parental assistance as opposed to parents being responsible for teaching all material. Tony’s mother comes to your practice requesting assistance with setting up an appropriate school environment for her son at home, where she can monitor and support his academic progress.Tony is a bright child, with an Intelligence Quotient in the superior range. He has advanced academic skills, but he becomes dysregulated if he is told he is wrong or that he has answered a question incorrectly. For example, if he answered a question incorrectly in class, he would become verbally abusive toward his teacher and often have temper tantrums. This challenging behavior occurred daily at school and was one of the factors leading to his expulsion. The behavior had predated the introduction of stimulant medication and had remained consistent after he began medication.Tony’s parents are highly educated, and both parents hold professional jobs with steady income. His parents have good command of typical behavior management strategies such as the use of rewards, time out, and behavioral contingencies to target noncompliance and temper tantrums. However, Tony’s difficulty identifying and regulating his emotions leads to emotional outbursts and shutdowns that have thus far been unresponsive to standard behavior management techniques. Tony continued to have outbursts even when the behavior was ignored. His mother is concerned not only about his learning during the coming year but also about his social relationships and the family dynamic. Tony’s outbursts cause significant disruption in the home and are a source of tension among parents and siblings. His mother is asking for advice on how to support his behavior better at home now that he will be spending his entire day there. How might you assist this child and his mother by helping to integrate therapeutic goals into the academic environment?
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2. TI- Online lessons bring Spanish to remote Texas schools.
JN- District Administration
PD- Apr2016, Vol. 52 Issue 4, p31-31
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DT- 20160401
PT- Article
AB- The article offers information on the Guthrie Virtual School which brings state-mandated Spanish instruction to remote schools in Texas.
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DE- SPANISH language — Study & teaching
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AN- 113989684

Next, I did receive the alert for cyber school, but there were no relevant items.

Finally, I didn’t receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

April 9, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchool News Today.

Survey: Districts are increasingly going digital

digital learning

Sixty-two percent of districts in a recent survey have a digital content and curriculum strategy, and more than half of those strategies (38 percent) include using Open Educational Resources (OER).…

The 7 pillars of today’s digital leadership

digital leadership

If educators want to see results in student engagement and achievement, they must adapt their leadership practices to an increasingly digitally-focused learning environment. This was the focus of a CoSN…

Next, the semi-regular ASCD SmartBrief.

FREE On-demand Blended Learning Webinar
Hear blended learning expert, Michael Horn, discuss how adaptive technology creates a more dynamic blended learning environment by using real-time data to provide a truly individualized instructional path for each student.DOWNLOAD NOW

What qualities do effective digital school leaders share?

What qualities do effective digital school leaders share?
There are seven pillars of effective digital school leaders, asserts Eric Sheninger, a senior fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education and a former high-school principal. He outlined the pillars during a CoSN 2016 spotlight session.

eSchool News (free registration) (4/8)


Similarly, the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Survey: More school districts embracing digital technology

Sixty-two percent of school districts have digital content and curriculum in place — up from 49% last year — according to the Digital School Districts Survey, conducted by the Center for Digital Education and National School Boards Association. Data also show more progress in implementing one-to-one initiatives and in the use of technology among local school boards.
T.H.E. Journal (3/31)

Students in rural Texas receive Spanish lessons online

Rural schools in Texas have partnered with a virtual school for online, state-mandated Spanish courses. Officials say the partnership allows the schools to provide the mandated instruction without hiring full-time teachers, which they cannot afford.
District Administration magazine (4/2016)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Autistic boy shows up for standardized test with his service dog. Here’s what happened next.

Shea’s son attends the online Florida Virtual School and is required to take the state-mandated standardized test at a neighborhood public school.

Virtual language teachers helping rural districts teach Spanish

Guthrie Common School District in West Texas created Guthrie Virtual School to provide Spanish instruction to its rural student population, joining a …

School tells kid his service dog can’t help him take a test

Elizabeth Shea’s 9-year-old son doesn’t even go to the school the state test was proctored at. He attends Florida Virtual School from home but still had …

Goshen teen takes learning by the reins

It was founded in 2010 by the Indiana Department of Education as a Virtual School Pilot Program. The school allows for students to be home-schooled …

Local schools, associations against ‘Virtual School’ bill

A bill that would establish a “Virginia Virtual School,” taking control of students enrolled full-time in online courses out of the hands of local school …

Tennessee virtual, traditional school costs hard to compare

Differences among the state’s virtual schools make it difficult to compare costs between virtual and traditional schools, according to a virtual school …

Virtual public charter school to hold information session in Monroe

Louisiana Connections Academy, a statewide provider of free high-quality, highly accountable virtual K-12 schooling, has opened enrollment for the …

Comptroller report examines virtual schools in Tennessee

A new report from the Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) has been created to examine the way virtual schools …

Give Alabama families more school choice options

Senate Bill 229, sponsored by Senator Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery), would allow the Alabama Virtual Academy to serve students from …

Governor still undecided on virtual schools bill

WAYNESBORO-The Virginia House and Senate both approved Del. Dickie Bell’svirtual schools bill, but it still hasn’t become law. The reason is that …

School district considers virtual class because of budget cuts

SAPULPA, Okla. (KTUL) — Sapulpa Public Schools is facing the reduced budget that comes along with the state shortfall. The district has released a …

Expanding virtual education the best option for Virginia

This is why I introduced House Bill 8 at the 2016 General Assembly Session. This bill would create a full-time public virtual school with grades K-12.

Sapulpa asks parents to consider virtual class days, eliminating breaks in light of budget crisis

SAPULPA — Sapulpa Public Schools has sent out a survey to parents asking for feedback regarding possible steps by the district to deal with the …

Enrollment open for online school, California Virtual Academy @ San Diego

Enrollment for San Diego area students in grades K-12 is now open for the full-time, tuition-free, online public school, California Virtual Academy …

Enrollment open for Indian River Virtual school

The Indian River County School District has partnered with Florida Virtual School to develop and launch its own virtual school called Indian River …

McAuliffe vetoes virtual schools, vouchers, student transfer bills

House Bill 8 would have stood up a new statewide virtual school that could accept up to 5,000 students initially, with tuition covered by state funding …

Former 2nd grade teacher finds second career as virtual ed specialist

Eaton’s other responsibilities include overseeing a virtual school, which operates at night, for students who have difficult schedules or need classes for …

Editorial: The opposition to an online school repeats a tired pattern

Local school divisions would still keep the local funding for each student whose parents transfer him or her to the virtual school. No public funding …

McAuliffe vetos three education bills, including school-choice legislation

House Bill 8, which called for the creation of the Board of the Virginia Virtual School to oversee a K-12 virtual school with up to 5,000 students.

Crenshaw County Virtual School slated for May

“It’s going to be rolled out as the Crenshaw County Virtual School, supported by Odysseyware online education support. It’s going to broaden our …

LISD first district to be an approved TxVSN professional development provider

The Texas Virtual School Network, an educational resource that offers online courses for students, has approved Lewisville ISD to be its first statewide …

Frustration, confusion over Tech School restructuring

Limestone would also establish its own virtual school. Like Athens City’s Renaissance School, the virtual school would have a physical location, but …

McAuliffe veto blocks virtual education

… proper management and oversight by allowing the Board of the Virginia VirtualSchool to operate outside the jurisdiction of the Board of Education, …

Dalton Rapattoni’s Former Teachers Reminisce Before He Faces American Idol’s Series Finale

… the mental illness got so bad that he missed too many classes and had to withdraw. He enrolled in a virtual school to better adapt to his needs.

State briefs: Virginia Beach City Council approves light rail proposal

VIRGINIA BEACH—The Virginia Beach City Council has approved a memorandum of understanding that reinforces the city’s commitment to a light rail …

School board approves purchase of new band uniforms for OHS

Board members approved the purchase of new band uniforms for the Opelika High School Spirit of the South Marching Band during the March …

Migrants: virtual school via satellite kicks off

AJACCIO (FRANCE) – It is an emergency that often remains forgotten amid news of mass deaths at sea or new barriers at borders: that of thousands of …

Virtual school launching in Indian River County

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Four years after declining a virtual-school partnership with area districts, Indian River County is launching its own. School …

Governor vetoes four school-related bills

Another would have created a new state board to oversee full-time virtual schoolprograms. Another bill would have allowed school security officers …

Teaching license revoked for former Lake teacher who was found guilty of sex crime

Jenkins, 47, continued working for the district after the incident but was transferred to Lake County Virtual School. She was also accused in 2013 of …

Colorado’s Not So Independent Oversight of Charter Schools

… funded in part by proponents of privatizing public education, such as ALEC corporate board members K12 Inc., a for-profit virtual school corporation, …

Linsey Hrabovsky signs with Louisiana-Monroe

She is also currently enrolled in Baldwin County’s virtual school (base school still Spanish Fort) and is in dual enrollment at Faulkner State Community …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Florida Cyber Charter Academy (formerly Florida Virtual Academies) Now Enrolling Students …

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Florida Cyber Charter Academy(FLCCA) formerly Florida Virtual Academies, …

Cyber Academy of South Carolina Invites Families to Enroll for 2016-2017 School Year

GREENVILLE, S.C., March 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Cyber Academy of South Carolina (CASC),a tuition-free online public school, invites …

Program cuts are looming as South Middleton board battles a $1.37 million budget deficit

Painful discussions on program cuts await the South Middleton School Board as the district faces a projected $1.37 million budget deficit for …

Asperger’s won’t slow down Wrightsville boy

Cyber school: Because Ethan was a little different than his classmates, Moore said, he was picked on by kids. By the time he reached eighth grade, the …

Cyber School Stirs Strife

A number of students in the Cameron County School District do not report to classes. Instead, they’re enrolled in “cyber school,” a controversial option …


April 6, 2016

10 Tips for Creating Accessible Course Content

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April 3, 2016

EBSCO Alerts

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

Next, I did receive the alert for cyber school, but there were no relevant items.

Finally, I also didn’t receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

So not much to report this week.

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