Virtual School Meanderings

August 7, 2016

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, I received the alert for virtual school, but there were no relevant items.

Next, I also received the alert for cyber school, and there were no relevant items in that one either.

Finally, I did even receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

So nothing to report this week…

August 6, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchool News Today.

Tenn. district partners with Discovery to transition to digital learning
digital learning

Tennessee’s Wilson County Schools and Discovery Education announced a new six-year partnership supporting the creation of authentic digital learning environments in classrooms district-wide. Through this new collaboration, Wilson County educators…

How this state is turning its virtual teachers into online learning experts
online learning

A certification program is creating a new generation of online learning savants. How are they doing it?

Edgenuity acquires Compass Learning
edgenuity acquisition

In a major move, online and blended learning solutions provider Edgenuity has acquired education software company Compass Learning, creating a suite of digital curriculum products. The acquisition that will expand…

Distance learning fills core gaps at rural school
distance learning

When the first day of school rolls around in August, Webster math teacher Lori Wagner won’t be heading back to the classroom. Instead, she’ll be heading to her basement. Wagner…

Next, the Education Week’s EDWeek Update.

Online Charter Schools: Fast Growth But Spotty Performance in Ohio

Full-time virtual charter school students in Ohio perform worse academically than their peers enrolled in traditional district schools, according to a study commissioned by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Read more.

(Charters & Choice)

Similarly, Education Week’s Digital Directions.

Online Algebra Worse for High-Achieving Students, Study Finds

“There’s a cost to going online,” found researchers who compared the performance of high-performing North Carolina 8th graders in online vs. traditional Algebra 1 classes. Read more.

(Digital Education)

On to the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

Other News

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Virtual Arkansas instructors go through intensive training in online ed

… might consider coordinated professional development programs like the one Arkansas has made a requirement for new teachers in its virtual school …

Partnership aims to expand student opportunies

Virtual Arkansas is a virtual school that offers only online courses. The virtual classes are geared for high school credit for graduation. They are …

Omaha Public Schools to open first virtual school this month

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha Public Schools is set to open its first virtual school for kindergarten through eighth-grade students this month.

Florida Virtual School Switches to D2L’s Brightspace LMS

The Florida Virtual School (FLVS), which had 400,000 enrolled students last year, will begin transitioning immediately to D2L’s Brightspace LMS.

OPS gearing up for this month’s debut of Nebraska’s first K-8virtual school

Nebraska’s first K-8 virtual school recently got the blessing of the Omaha school board, while Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Mark Evans gave …

Florida Virtual School pushes for more students

Hoping to bring in new students, Florida Virtual School has pumped up its advertising budget, including running TV ads for the first time. The virtual …

Omaha Public Schools to open first virtual school this month

The school board unanimously approved the program last month. The district plans to hire four teachers and a student learning advocate, similar to a …

Florida Virtual School Switches to D2L’s Brightspace LMS

The Florida Virtual School (FLVS), which had 400,000 enrolled students last year, will begin transitioning immediately to D2L’s Brightspace LMS.

Florida Virtual School(R) Selects D2L’s Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS) to …

ORLANDO, FL and WATERLOO, ON–(Marketwired – July 28, 2016) – Florida Virtual School (FLVS®), a statewide public school district in the state of …

Chilton County Schools to offer Virtual School Program

Chilton County Schools are adopting the Virtual School Program for the 2016-17 school year, part of a program that the state Legislature wanted in …

Annual Parent Survey Shows Overwhelming Satisfaction with Connections Academy Virtual …

BALTIMORE, July 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Connections Academy, a leading provider of online K-12 schools, released results today from its annual …

OPS gearing up for this month’s debut of Nebraska’s first K-8virtual school

Nebraska’s first K-8 virtual school recently got the blessing of the Omaha school board, while Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Mark Evans gave …

Dexter schools to add alternative high school, virtual academy in 2016-17

DEXTER, MI – Dexter Community Schools is adding an alternative high school in an effort to boost its graduation rate and a virtual academy to attract …

Van Buren schools partner with UAFS, Arkansas Tech to expand student opportunities

Virtual Arkansas is a virtual school that offers only online courses. The virtual classes are geared for high school credit for graduation. They are …

Colquitt County High School students earn Advanced Placement recognition

… Terrell said increased awards for AP students is a goal for the school. … classes online during the school day through Georgia Virtual School on any …

Nebraska’s first virtual school to open this month

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Omaha Virtual School will be open to home-schooled students, giving them a mix of face-to-face instruction …

New Study Shows Ohio Virtual Schools Are Failing Their Students — Even as Thousands More …

But the virtual schools are not a trivial part of the charter sector: more than one third of students enrolled in Ohio charters attend a virtual school. In fact …

iFlagler – what is it and who are the students?

Attending the iFlagler virtual school allows students, like rodeo rider Heather McLaughlin, the opportunity to travel the country and go to school at the …

LCS renew fight against truancy

With the implementation of the LCS virtual school some of those situations can be addressed, Vail-Smith said, though daily attendance in the virtual …

Nebraska’s first virtual school appeals to homeschoolers

Omaha Public Schools is appealing to home school students to take part in Nebraska’s first district-run virtual classroom. The response has been …

New Online Program For Dothan City School Students

DOTHAN, AL (WTVY) Dothan city school students now have more options for their education. Registration for the new virtual school program opened …

The Coach Training Academy Receives $10K Donation from School Graduate

August 3, 2016 – Blaine, Washington, United States – The Coach Training Academy (online virtual school) recently announced the receipt for a …

Omaha Public Schools to Open Nebraska’s First Virtual School This Month

Omaha Public Schools are gearing up to open Nebraska’s first virtual school for K–8 students this month. During its first year, the Omaha Virtual …

Inside the Online School That Could Radically Change How Kids Learn Everywhere

‘There’s an assumption that virtual school students are closed off, online all day, and they don’t ever meet anyone. That’s not the case.’ Kyle Cote …

Piedmont school system expanding online courses

Piedmont’s expansion comes as a state law takes effect that requires all Alabama school systems establish policies to offer some level of virtual school …

Has New Hampshire found the secret to online education that works?

VLACS doesn’t follow the standard virtual-school practice of enlisting parents and guardians as unpaid “learning coaches” responsible for keeping …

Schools, teachers prepare for new year

The virtual school allows students in Chambers County to take online learning from their homes. The program is open to students in grades 9-12 in the …

What’s New Hampshire’s secret to making virtual schools work?

The vast majority of the school’s student body is made up of part-timers who take classes through the virtual school while also enrolling in a …

Online Education and Digital Innovative Learning: The Future of Academics? [VIDEO]

Ultimately, VLACS doesn’t adhere to the typical virtual school tradition of enlisting parents or guardians as uncompensated “learning coaches”; …

Families of ECOT students worry about its future; some file lawsuit against state

… Department of Education and ECOT that limits the information the virtual school is required to keep and ultimately what our auditors can demand.

Finally, the Google News for cyber school.

Georgia Cyber Academy paid millions in attendance records court case

Virginia-based K12 was paid $36.9 million for the services it provided during the 2014-15 school year to Georgia Cyber Academy, this state’s largest …

Former PA Cyber CEO takes position at rival charter

PA Cyber officials said Tuesday they were surprised to learn former school CEO Michael Conti has taken a job with rival Agora Cyber Charter School …

As Olympics get underway, local gymnast Trinity Thomas sets her sights on 2020

Attending cyber school helps her better balance schoolwork and gymnastics, she said. Trinity said she began gymnastics at age 7, after getting her …

PA Leadership Charter Cyber School: From Classrooms to Computers

Families choose online education for multiple reasons, but the primary ones are school safety and a need for something “different” as their current …

Guest Commentary: Harding resident concerned about Wyoming Area dress code

They can enroll in cyber school. They can ALL wear the wrong kinds of clothes on days that are important to the school board, and get suspended en …

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Cyber School Defense Dear editor: You were a bit harsh in your reporting on cyber charter schools and their impact on your local school districts.

August 5, 2016

GPBS – Why Virtual Schools Are Struggling To Keep Up

A colleague of mine sent this to me earlier in the week.

The Georgia Cyber Academy is the state’s largest public school and one of the biggest virtual programs in the country. The academy received more than $80

It should surprise no one that another full-time cyber charter school operated by a for-profit corporation is failing to serve its students (and coming up with a familiar host of excuses for that outcome).

July 31, 2016

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, I received the alert for virtual school, but there were no relevant items.

Next, I also received the alert for cyber school, and there were no relevant items in that one either.

Finally, the alert for K-12 online learning.

1. TI- Teacher Perceptions of Parent Engagement at a Cyber High School.
AU- Borup, Jered1
JN- Journal of Research on Technology in Education (Routledge)
PD- Apr2016, Vol. 48 Issue 2, p67-83
PG- 17p
DT- 20160401
PT- Article
AB- A growing number of adolescents are taking all or most of their courses online. This places a greater responsibility on parents to support and facilitate their students’ learning. This case study used teacher surveys and interviews to better understand how teachers perceived and supported parents’ attempts to support their online students at a single online charter school. The results indicated that teachers observed multiple ways in which parents supported their students by (a) organizing and managing students’ schedules, (b) nurturing relationships and interactions, (c) monitoring and motivating student engagement, and (d) instructing students when necessary. However, teachers believed that parents could act as obstacles to their students’ learning by being overly engaged in certain types of learning activities. Additional research is needed that examines parent engagement in a variety of online learning environments. Research that identifies best practices could also be especially valuable to online teachers and administrators wishing to improve the quantity and quality of parental engagement in their programs.
[ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
AB- Copyright of Journal of Research on Technology in Education (Routledge) is the property of Routledge and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder’s express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
DE- TEACHERS — Psychology
DE- PARENT participation in education
DE- SECONDARY education
DE- DISTANCE education
DE- PERCEPTION
KW- cyber school
KW- K–12 online learning
KW- parent engagement
KW- parent involvement
IC- 923110 Administration of Education Programs
IC- 611699 All Other Miscellaneous Schools and Instruction
IC- 611110 Elementary and Secondary Schools
AD- 1George Mason University
IS- 15391523
DI- 10.1080/15391523.2016.1146560
AN- 113744883

July 30, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchool News Today.

Math publisher introduces online PD series
math pd

Marshall Cavendish Education, publisher of the Singapore Math curriculum, introduced a new online professional development series for teachers of grades K to 5 scheduled throughout August. These Back-2-School with Math…

Next, the MiddleWeb SmartBrief (which I believe may be making its first appearance).

Online program allows middle-schoolers to earn high-school credits

Online program allows middle-schoolers to earn high-school credits
(Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A Tennessee middle school is piloting an online learning program that allows its students to take high-school courses and prepares them for dual-enrollment opportunities. Students can take the courses with the aid of a classroom teacher or work on their own.
Herald-Citizen (Cookeville, Tenn.) (7/24)

Similarly, the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

Other News

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Cut in state virtual school funding felt in Lawrence district’s budget

One in 10 students enrolled in the Lawrence school district attend the district’s online school, meaning that the Kansas Legislature’s recent reduction in …

Online school grew fast and now the future is uncertain

Georgia Virtual School. Enrollment in fall 2015: not reported*. Grade from Governor’s Office of Student Achievement: not reported*. Description: A …

Athens City Schools to enroll inmates from at least eight county jails

… said officials at Mobile County Schools had stepped up to enroll jailed students there in their own virtual school, an action he said he “applauded.”.

Back to School: 5 public schools get new principals

… County for nine years, and for 4½ years, he served as instructional leader and instructional performance manager for the Florida Virtual School.

Florida Virtual School entrepreneur Ed Mansouri to focus on new WeatherSTEM tech project

Ed Mansouri, the nationally renowned software pioneer who developed the cutting-edge learning management system used by the Florida Virtual …

Cut in state virtual school funding felt in Lawrence district’s budget

Of the $2.8 million that was cut statewide from virtual schools’ budgets at a special Legislative session in June, more than $440,000 was pulled from …

In contrast to Ohio, New Hampshire virtual school is paid for results

When comparing the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School in New Hampshire to Ohio’s Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, perhaps the most …

Virtual school appeals to Elko families

“We have virtual live lesson rooms where the students meet the teachers to go … But because we’re a public school we’re held accountable that way.”.

Florida Virtual School entrepreneur Ed Mansouri to focus on new WeatherSTEM tech project

Ed Mansouri, the nationally renowned software pioneer who developed the cutting-edge learning management system used by the Florida Virtual …

Online school grew fast and now the future is uncertain

There are now several full-time “virtual” charter schools serving Georgia students, but the academy, with its head start, is about three times larger than …

Athens school board to consider inmate education tonight

Since Athens initiated the program, Mobile County Schools stepped up to accept jailed students there into their virtual school, an action Holladay said …

CMS approves Peocs Academy rental agreement

The virtual school will move into a building on the east side of Puckett Elementary for the 2016-2017 academic year, giving it space for an office and …

Michigan educator named CEO of PA Virtual Charter School

A Michigan educator who was part of a team that established that state’s first cyber charter school has been named CEO of King of Prussia-based PA …

Virtual charter school head chosen for YHS principal

YORK, Maine – The Head of School for the Maine Connections Academy, the state’s first virtual charter public school, has been tapped as the next …

Suwannee School District receives a C

Suwannee Virtual School and RIVEROAK Technical College do not receive school grades due to the limited number of students that are served per …

Saipan International School welcomes new headmaster

… a high school principal, an instructional coach, a curriculum coordinator, the director of a global virtual school and now, headmaster at SIS.

Guido Minaya: candidate for Lee Co. School Board, District 7

Better leveraging the Lee Virtual School. Recommending an instructional design team to support teachers. Ensuring that our implementation plan for …

Is a Modified Schedule a Reasonable Accommodation?

More high schools are offering online classes or through a virtual school environment. This way he could take classes based on his alertness, and …

Florida Virtual School pushes for more students

Hoping to bring in new students, Florida Virtual School has pumped up its advertising budget, including running TV ads for the first time. The virtual …

Taking education one byte at a time

“Two years ago we were the seventh largest virtual school in Kansas.” Marion, Hillsboro, and Peabody entered the virtual game last year through …

Florida Virtual School(R) Selects D2L’s Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS) to …

ORLANDO, FL and WATERLOO, ON–(Marketwired – July 28, 2016) – Florida Virtual School (FLVS®), a statewide public school district in the state of …

Chilton County Schools to offer Virtual School Program

Chilton County Schools are adopting the Virtual School Program for the 2016-17 school year, part of a program that the state Legislature wanted in …

Colorado opens door to online education

A recent report from the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools concluded that virtual school students perform worse on academics than …

Annual Parent Survey Shows Overwhelming Satisfaction with Connections Academy Virtual …

… results today from its annual parent satisfaction survey measuring families’ satisfaction with their Connections Academy virtual school experience.

With final credits in hand, students graduate through summer program

Frederick County Virtual School Principal Stacey Adamiak takes a photograph of herself and the 17 graduates of the summer session program before …

Colquitt County High School students earn Advanced Placement recognition

Pictured are 14 of the 25 students named by College Board as 2016 AP Scholars. Front row: Teresa Nguyen, Billie Mills, Paige Glover, Holly Cooper, …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

South Butler OKs cyber school deal

JEFFERSON TWP — The South Butler School District renewed a contract with the Seneca Valley School District to enroll students in the Seneca …

Students attend Cyber School tucked away in Water Valley

Students attend Cyber School tucked away in Water Valley. Published 6:00 am Sunday, July 24, 2016. By Allen Brewer. news@oxfordeagle.com.

Students attend Cyber School tucked away in Water Valley

This year marks the first year the Base Camp Coding Academy has opened in Water Valley. The new school offers North Mississippi high school …

South Butler OKs cyber school deal

JEFFERSON TWP — The South Butler School District renewed a contract with the Seneca Valley SchoolDistrict to enroll students in the Seneca …

COO of Pa. Cyber Charter School promoted to CEO

Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School’s chief operations officer will take over as acting CEO following the resignation this week of Michael J. Conti.

Moon Area School board establishes cyber program, hires athletic director

The Moon Area School Board unanimously approved a motion Monday establishing the cyber school system for the district. The Moon Cyber …

In defense of cyber schools

One of the loudest arguments was how cyber schools weren’t held to the same academic standards as brick-and-mortar schools. We were …

Michael Conti resigns as CEO of Pennsylvania Cyber CharterSchool

Michael Conti, now former chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Cyber CharterSchool, listens to teachers voicing their opinions about proposed …

PA Cyber’s COO to become acting chief executive

Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School’s chief operating officer will take over as acting CEO following the resignation this week of CEO Michael J. Conti.

Georgia’s largest online school contests peformance measurement

Georgia Cyber Academy, the state’s largest school with more than 13,000 students, says the way the state graded it last year simply doesn’t work.

Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School CEO resigns

The board of trustees accepted Conti’s resignation at its monthly meeting. He had been CEO since July 2012 and before that had been director of …

Conneaut Lake development earns $1M plus in tax credits

Cyber school students are supervised while they complete schoolwork and have the opportunity to participate in weekly Bible classes, field trips and …

 

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