Virtual School Meanderings

July 9, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with eSchool News Today.

Edgenuity launches online gradebook

edgenuity iste

Edgenuity, a provider of online and blended learning solutions, launched of a robust new teacher Gradebook at ISTE 2016. The Gradebook tool enables teachers to monitor student engagement, progress, and…

Next, Education Week’s EDWeek Update.

TECHNOLOGY COUNTS

Harvard Business School Examines K-12 Blended Learning

Downington, Pa., school district’s blended learning program captured Harvard’s attention because of its efforts to measure effectiveness and initiate a change in district culture. Read more.

(Education Week)

Similarly, Education Week’s Digital Directions.

Smithsonian Launches Online Learning Lab for Teachers

The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access has released a free online toolkit allowing educators to easily use its resources and collections in the classroom. Read more.

(Digital Education)

Three ESSA Catchphrases Your Digital-Content Marketing Material Needs Now

District leaders place different values on seeing ESSA-focused terms like “evidence-based” and “nonacademic” factors in digital content providers’ marketing materials, a new, proprietary Education Week Research Center survey finds. Preview this article on EdWeek Market Brief.

(EdWeek Market Brief)

Next, the semi-regular MiddleWeb SmartBrief.

Alternative middle school focuses on PBL, blended learning

A New Mexico school district will reopen an alternative middle school that will use project-based and blended learning to engage students struggling in traditional settings. The school will offer mixed-grade, small classes equipped with digital tools and an on-site cybercafe, greenhouse and commercial kitchen.
Las Cruces Sun-News (N.M.) (7/7)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

OPS to test virtual education program with home-schooled students in grades K-8

Free from the walls of a traditional classroom, kids enrolled in Nebraska’s first K-8 virtual school could have access to 3-D printers and a full menu of …

Kids have learning options

Even though they are called a ‘virtual school’, the learning environment … Every year, Abbotsford Virtual School supports thousands of learners with …

A meteorologic rise for schools, restaurant

… technology and servers to online education systems around the country, including the Florida Virtual School and Leon County Virtual School.

Changes for virtual school, science classes for local students

Virtual Education leaders told the group assembles that the goal is to strengthen thevirtual school programs and make them more accessible for more …

Bay District hopes to boost Virtual School program

Changes are coming to the Bay Virtual School program in the next academic year as the district hopes to increase enrollment and retention while …

Bay District hopes to boost Virtual School program

Bay District hopes to boost Virtual School program … PANAMA CITY — Changes are coming to the Bay Virtual School program in the next academic …

Florida Virtual School offers boating program

Celeste Sanchez, district relations manager with Outdoor Education at Florida Virtual School, visited the ABC Action News studios recently. Sanchez …

Featured letter: Don’t destroy public virtual schools

This week school choice advocates and education reformers from around the country have descended on Nashville for the National Alliance of Public …

OPS to test virtual education program with home-schooled students in grades K-8

Free from the walls of a traditional classroom, kids enrolled in Nebraska’s first K-8virtual school could have access to 3-D printers and a full menu of …

Worcester Students to Attend College After Graduating From MA Virtual School

Worcester Students Michaela Smith and Gabriella Rodriguez will attend college after graduating this June from TEC Connections Academy, …

USDs and school finance fix: There are winners and losers

The legislation froze funding for full-time virtual school students at the 2015-16 level in order to free up nearly $3 million for the equity fix for poorer …

A meteorologic rise for schools, restaurant

… has provided real-time weather stations in each school district in the state. … including the Florida Virtual School and Leon County Virtual School.

Latest school funding changes to lower property tax in Lawrence

Changes made to the school funding formula by the Kansas Legislature … generated through a $2.8 million reduction in state aid for virtual schools.

A year later, school prayer lawsuit lingers in negotiations

Jake Bellar, then 17, enrolls for online classes last fall at Hoosier Academies-Virtual School from his New Chicago home after choosing to no longer …

Even in Virtual Classrooms, Teachers Build Bonds that Help Students Learn

Now, in a virtual school, I struggle to build a meaningful student-teacher relationship reaching the same impact in digital environment. A flood of …

Cornerstone dealing with tough budget decisions

No programs are being cut, in fact, the Cyberstone Virtual School services are being expanded to from Grades 10 to 12 to now include Grades 8 and 9 …

LIMESTONE COUNTY SCHOOLS: Superintendent talks future plans

This photo taken with an unmanned aerial vehicle shows work is nearly complete on the $3.2 million expansion of the Limestone County Career …

Arkansas Connections Academy hires first principal

… and families are encouraged to attend an upcoming information session in-person or online to find out if virtual school is the right fit for their students …

Low but Steady Engagement in Online Courses Better Than Diminishing Engagement

The study, conducted in the fall 2014 semester, included all Wisconsin Virtual School advanced placement, core and elective high school course …

Flagler School District maintained its “B” grade despite a new grading system

The franchise virtual school, iFlagler, earned a “B” as enrollment in the program expanded. “We stand behind the hard work of our students, teachers, …

K12 Inc. Reaches $2.5 Million Settlement with State of California with Resolution of All Claims, No …

… parents to request counseling sessions prior to student start dates to discuss the benefits and challenges of learning in a virtual school environment; …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Penn Hills OKs 2016-17 budget, cyber charter school for elementary students

Penn Hills School District leaders on Monday approved creating a cyber charter academy for elementary school students to entice cyber and charter …

Cyber charters wasteful, ineffective (letters)

One area of potential savings is to decrease funding to cyber charter schools operated by private companies. Privately operated cyber charter schools …

Charter school finds temporary home for fall

The Livingston Classical Academy cyber charter school will temporarily be housed at Whitmore Lake Public Schools for the upcoming school year …

Pennsylvania Virtual Cyber Charter 2016 grad profile: Destiny Roque

Attending cyber school also helped her avoid “some of the drama and … in many activities, such as the Pennsylvania Virtual Scholars Academy.

Local school districts keeping kids’ brains sharp this summer

P-O offers summer school to students through the district’s cyber program, but also runs through Keystone Recovery — a correspondence course, …

Cyber school tuition criticized as unfair

HARRISBURG — A festering dispute over the state’s 13 cyber schools, their funding and students’ sagging test scores is reigniting in Harrisburg.

Judge opens cyber school for juvenile delinquents

A cyber school designed to reintegrate juvenile delinquents into society held its opening ceremony on Monday in a conference room of the Uijeongbu …

 

July 3, 2016

EBSCO Alerts

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

Next, I also received the alert for cyber school with the same outcome – no relevant items.

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

So nothing to really report this week…

July 2, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with Google News alert for virtual school.

Virtual school graduates celebrate nontraditional path

WORCESTER — Graduation is typically a time for goodbyes, unless it happens to be a virtual school graduation, in which case there are also some …

Program for vulnerable youth moving

The teens were officially welcomed to the new location, which is also the virtual school program’s new home, today (Friday) and are expected to start …

Cullman High School principal transferred following trespass case

Dr. Elton Bouldin will now be in charge of the Cullman City School’s new virtual school program. In April, Bouldin and the assistant principle of …

Gibraltar to launch Lakeshore Virtual School

Starting next school year, Gibraltar Schools will offer a virtual school to students looking for alternative learning options. The program will be called …

Sandwich student finds virtual key to success

Nelson said being allowed to proceed at her own pace at the virtual school and to take part in small-group discussions online built up her confidence.

Gibraltar to launch Lakeshore Virtual School

Starting next school year, Gibraltar Schools will offer a virtual school to students looking for alternative learning options. The program will be called …

Elton Bouldin Out At Cullman High Will Head Virtual School Program

At the start of the 2016-2017 school year, Dr. Elton Bouldin will become the principal of the Cullman City School’s innovative Virtual School program.

Bouldin out at CHS, transferred to principal of virtual schools program

Bouldin out at CHS, transferred to principal of virtual schools program … The Virtual School is an expansion of the state’s new initiative to offer virtual …

Virtual school graduates celebrate nontraditional path

WORCESTER — Graduation is typically a time for goodbyes, unless it happens to be a virtual school graduation, in which case there are also some …

TECCA students graduate today from virtual public school

Fifty high school seniors, including several from local communities, are graduating today from the TEC Connections Academy virtual public school.

Camden residents graduate from virtual school

Four Camden residents are among 347 seniors to graduate from South Carolina Connections Academy (SCCA), a tuition-free online public school …

Sandwich student finds virtual key to success

Nelson said being allowed to proceed at her own pace at the virtual school and to take part in small-group discussions online built up her confidence.

Lacy named principal of Caddo Virtual Academy

Caddo Schools Superintendent Lamar Goree named Tyron Lacy the first principal of Caddo Virtual Academy on Thursday. The online high school will …

Cullman High School principal transferred following trespass case

Dr. Elton Bouldin will now be in charge of the Cullman City School’s new virtual school program. In April, Bouldin and the assistant principle of …

Republicans offer to fix school equity problem by taking other school funds

It also calls for cutting $4.1 million in federal welfare funds out of a preschool pilot program; reducing funding for virtual schools by $2.8 million, or $600 …

Changes for virtual school, science classes for local students

Virtual Education leaders told the group assembles that the goal is to strengthen the virtual school programs and make them more accessible for more …

Bay District hopes to boost Virtual School program

Changes are coming to the Bay Virtual School program in the next academic year as the district hopes to increase enrollment and retention while …

Florida Virtual School offers boating program

Celeste Sanchez, district relations manager with Outdoor Education at Florida Virtual School, visited the ABC Action News studios recently. Sanchez …

USDs and school finance fix: There are winners and losers

The legislation froze funding for full-time virtual school students at the 2015-16 level in order to free up nearly $3 million for the equity fix for poorer …

Featured letter: Don’t destroy public virtual schools

Recently, NACSA and NAPCS released a deeply flawed virtual school report calling for arbitrary enrollment caps (which would kick thousands of …

WWII vets’ stories get 4 t h of July showing

Benjamin Mack-Jackson, a 13-year-old eighth-grade student with Lake County Virtual School, who is founder of The World War II Veterans History …

Legislative update from Rep. Pam Curtis, D-32nd Dist.

Freeze virtual school funding: Will hold the funding for virtual schools steady for the current year and not increase them as was already approved.

Schools avoid closings

Other sources could be tobacco master settlement funds,motor vehicle fee funds, virtual school aid, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

Mustangs, Raiders lead All-District 21 boys lacrosse

… of rowers Noah Jayne, who is home schooled, Weston Hall of Florida Virtual School, Drew Poloski of Bayside and Jack Baney of West Shore.

Worcester Students to Attend College After Graduating From MA Virtual School

Worcester Students Michaela Smith and Gabriella Rodriguez will attend college after graduating this June from TEC Connections Academy, …

Wisconsin Rapids-area student news

Students graduate from virtual school. The following local students at Wisconsin Connections Academy, a tuition-free virtual public school, graduated …

Dr. Elton Bouldin resigns due to family illness

“Our Director of Technology and Curriculum coordinator will continue the development and implementation of the Virtual School. Our focus for …

Florida education news: UCF’s downtown campus, Orange County’s botched exams and more

GOING OFFLINE: The Bay County school district plans to improve its virtual school in ways that aren’t virtual at all – with labs and one-on-one tutoring, …

Exclusive: millions in funding for pupils in care left unspent

It is distributed to the virtual school heads in every local authority, responsible for improving educational acheivement among what is one of the lowest …

Embattled former CHS principal Elton Bouldin retires

… school system’s director of technology and curriculum coordinator will continue the development and implementation of the virtual school program.

14 new administrators approved by Polk County School Board

Several remained in the same position but had the word “acting” removed from their titles, including: Cynthia Cangelose, principal of Mulberry Middle; …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Penn Hills School District considers adding elementary cyber school program

It was unclear how many students could enroll in the proposed elementary cyber school. District Cyber Coordinator Amy Kingerski declined to …

Agora Charter parents’ long legal fight ends

Gladys Stefany, whose daughter was enrolled at Agora Cyber Charter School, reviews some of her legal binders on the defamation suit that lasted …

Contract approved for virtual program

“That’s a three year contract for us to provide our own cyber school in direct competition with the cyber schools that are out there that are costing the …

Penn Hills School District considers adding elementary cyber school program

It was unclear how many students could enroll in the proposed elementary cyber school. District Cyber Coordinator Amy Kingerski declined to …

Waynesboro High School holds first Cyber STEM Academy camp

WAYNESBORO-For the past two weeks a select group of 23 Waynesboro HighSchool students attended the city’s first Cyber STEM Academy.

Barbin: Study includes cyber, charter schools

There are about 170 charter and cyber schools, which receive funding based on the same formulas used to allocate state tax dollars to school districts.

Charter school finds temporary home for fall

“In the future if they decide to pursue a location within the boundaries of Hartland Consolidated Schools as a (cyber school) under the authorization of …

Pa. shouldn’t cut funding for cyber charters | Letter

Cyber School. A student of Pennsylvania Leadership Cyber Charter School works in front of her computer. (Express-Times file photo). Print Email.

Pennsylvania Virtual Cyber Charter 2016 grad profile: Destiny Roque

“My parents enrolled me in cyber school to help me learn at my own pace,” … Attending cyber school also helped her avoid “some of the drama and …

No tax raise, no layoffs at New Castle

Ambrosini said the district’s shortfall is due largely to high tuition costs paid to the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center and cyber school …

June 26, 2016

EBSCO Alerts

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

Next, I also received the alert for cyber school with the same outcome – no relevant items.

Finally, the alert for K-12 online learning.

1. TI- Promising State Policies for Personalized Learning.
AU- DORAN, LEO
JN- Education Week
PD- 6/1/2016, Vol. 35 Issue 32, p5-5
PG- 1/8p
DT- 20160601
PT- Article
AB- The article focuses on a report issued by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning concerning personalized learning.
DE- INDIVIDUALIZED instruction
DE- DISTANCE education
IC- 923110 Administration of Education Programs
IC- 611699 All Other Miscellaneous Schools and Instruction
IS- 02774232
AN- 116076590

June 25, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with eSchool News Today.

TODAY’S TOP NEWS

Online charter schools slammed in pro-charter report

charter schools

Stakeholders should be “outraged” by the low performance and profit-seeking of some states’ internet charter schools, according to a new report from a national pro-charter organization. “If traditional public schools…

Next, the ASCD SmartBrief.

Report: Online credit recovery benefits from in-school support

In-school support is an important component of success for students enrolled in online credit-recovery programs, according to a report from Education Northwest. Officials with the Montana Digital Academy say the findings support their decision to provide more school-based support for students enrolled in such programs.
Billings Gazette (Mont.) (6/20)

 

Similarly, the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Study finds benefits of collaboration in online learning

Collaborating with peers in an online learning environment may help boost learning, compared with environments with optional or no components of collaboration, according to a study by a researcher at Cornell University. The study measured performance for 48 students participating in a virtual game designed for language learning.
T.H.E. Journal (6/22)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

The high cost of a graduation rate

These amounts do not include the $1.1 million paid since 2012 to Florida Virtual School, a state-run program students use for both credit recovery and …

K12 Inc. Not Happy With Report on Virtual School Failings

K12 Inc. was quick to respond to the report put out by a few charter school organizations saying virtual schools should be better regulated, which I …

Democrats Put Out Plan to Fix School Funding

It freezes virtual school funding for full-time students at the 2014-15 level, takes from the extraordinary needs fund, eliminates the tax credit for private …

Virtual school graduates second class

Virtual school graduates second class … Thirty-eight seniors from the Maine Connections Academy, the state’s first virtual school, graduated last week.

Twin achievers: Sisters plan to open vet clinic

Miki said there are several reasons she decided to move her daughters to the virtual school during middle school. She said it would give her less …

Superintendent asks for additional $38 million for Kansas schools

… $13 million from a job creation fund in the Kansas Department of Commerce, $7.3 million by freezing the level of funding for virtual school funding, …

150 Online Students Gather In-Person for Graduation

The virtual school setting that CAVA @ Los Angeles provides creates a flexible learning environment for students, allowing them to complete their …

Charter School Groups Call Out Virtual Schools

In August 2014, there were 135 full-time virtual charter schools operating in 23 states and the District of Columbia. (Hero Images via Getty Images).

K12 Inc. Not Happy With Report on Virtual School Failings

K12 Inc. was quick to respond to the report put out by a few charter school organizations saying virtual schools should be better regulated, which I …

Charter advocates acknowledge ‘disturbingly low performance’ of virtual schools

Full-time virtual charter schools have become increasingly popular during the past decade, now enrolling 180,000 students nationwide, students who …

Virtual school graduates second class

Maine Connections Academy, the state’s first virtual public charter school for students in grades 7-12, graduated its second class of seniors on June 9.

School District has new digital study program

IR Virtual School adds a new dimension to education. Students can take a full or partial class load online, but still have access to local teachers and …

Hallsville ISD ‘suspends’ virtual school

Hallsville ISD has “suspended” its online Virtual High School, just months after new fees were implemented for the online courses that match the …

Michigan Virtual School Reaches out for International Students

Clintondale Community Schools, which operates Clintondale Virtual School, will work with long-time technology partner EDUonGo on the initiative.

Meet Synthia, the virtual driving school for autonomous cars

Scientists at the Computer Vision Center in Barcelona have now come to the rescue with Synthia, a virtual city simulation that can train driving AIs to …

Kansas Democratic lawmakers come up with school funding plan

Democratic leaders say that includes freezing the virtual school funding for … Lawmakers need to come to a decision on school funding no later than …

Virtual Cyber Academy magnet to start in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– By a new Alabama state law, public high schools need to create a policy detailing how they’ll operate virtual schools, …

Camden residents graduate from virtual school

Four Camden residents are among 347 seniors to graduate from South Carolina Connections Academy (SCCA), a tuition-free online public school …

Four possible scenarios ahead of Kansas school funding debate

The plan calls for freezing virtual school aid, which would save $7.3 million; cutting $15.2 million from the state education budget’s extraordinary need …

Tenoroc student goes from group home to college

Jamous McQueen spent most of his teenage years in a group home but he graduated from Tenoroc High School last week and will become the first …

Ed Options is best, only chance for some students

But it was the summer… so I enrolled in Virtual School, taking a total of six classes during the summer to get back on track. I still had to pass the FCAT.

Englewood to open charter school in 2017

… sort of virtual school district. Even so, the school is expected to have a financial impact on Englewood Schools, which would lose $6,800 in state and …

Bouldin out at CHS, transferred to principal of virtual schools program

The Virtual School is an expansion of the state’s new initiative to offer virtual learning in all … The Virtual School program is slated to launch this fall.

Republicans offer to fix school equity problem by taking other school funds

It would also lose funding through the cut in virtual school funding, but official estimates of that cut were not immediately available Thursday. During a …

Manatee middle school student set to be expelled, brought BB gun to campus

The student will be expelled with an alternative placement, meaning the student cannot attend a traditional school but can enroll in virtual school or …

Legislative update from Rep. Pam Curtis, D-32nd Dist.

Freeze Virtual School Funding: Would hold the funding for virtual schools steady for the current year and not increase them as was already approved.

Fashion model authors self-help book for teens

… for a social life, Nichols managed to complete high school before the rest of her class by taking some online courses from Florida Virtual School.

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Virtual Cyber Academy magnet to start in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– By a new Alabama state law, public high schools need to create a policy detailing how they’ll operate virtual schools, …

Cheers, jeers for report calling for crackdown on cyber charter schools

The primary author of a national report that calls for a crackdown on low-performing cyber charter schools said Thursday that the goal was to spur …

Superintendents, Parents & State School Officials Raise Concerns Over Local Cyber School

Local superintendents and schools districts are taking a stand against a recently authorized cyber charter school. The Livingston Classical Cyber …

Stroudsburg School District hikes taxes over pleas for relief from property owners

In another matter involving 183 district students enrolled in cyber schools, which costs the district $3.1 million annually, the board authorized Curry to …

Final budget vote is today

Also on Monday, the board held presentations on: a proposal for the district to offer its own cyber school services; and some realignment of the …

 

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