Virtual School Meanderings

August 15, 2022

GAO Podcast – Virtual Charter Schools Enrollment is Up, But Student Performance is Down

While I have wrote about the GAO’s involvement with virtual charter schools in the past, this podcast from back in March went under my radar screen.  Until now…

Virtual Charter Schools Enrollment is Up, But Student Performance is Down

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Virtual Charter Schools Enrollment is Up, But Student Performance is Down


Even before COVID-19 drew national attention to remote learning, enrollment in virtual schools had actually been increasing faster than enrollment and other public schools, and nearly 70% of all students attending virtual schools are enrolled in virtual charter schools. But there are concerns about how well students are performing and whether the self-paced, mostly online learning format is producing negative results. We find out more from GAO’s Jackie Nowicki.

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March 31, 2022

Leaders and Legends of Online Learning Podcasts

The first of three items for my Kiwi readers (and a personal thanks for the push on this one).

March 28, 2022

Leaders & Legends of Online Learning – 067 Associate Professor Michael Barbour

Earlier this month I was interviewed as a part of the Leaders & Legends of Online Learning program.  The program is described as:

Podcasts are awesome. Online education is awesome. There are also awesome thinkers, practitioners and, well, leaders and legends of online education. Why not bring them together?

Welcome to Leaders & Legends of Online Learning, a podcast dedicated to the experts. From time to time we’ll add new interviews with some of the world’s leading names. You’ll encounter rich and interesting perspectives on online learning and education, and links to the sort of work you ought to be reading.

Each interview lasts about a half hour, and links to each guest’s work and profile are provided for you to follow up.

My episode is available at (and below).

067 Associate Professor Michael Barbour

067 Associate Professor Michael Barbour

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Associate Professor Michael Barbour is a specialist in K12 education, and the potential for asynchronous online education to make successful graduates. His scholarship is cited around the world and his work in policy, based on a practitioner’s perspective, continues to make a positive difference.

Interview: | recorded February 2022

Michael’s profile

Nominated publications (free to access):

Nominated work (requires purchase):

  • Clark, T., & Barbour, M. K. (Eds.) (2015). Online and distance education in schools: Global perspectives on policy and practice. Stylus Publishing.


February 15, 2022

Leaders & Legends of Online Learning: K-12 Interviewees

Recently I discovered that an old colleague of mine who I first met in New Zealand, that moved to the UK, but is now back in NZ, Mark Nichols has this podcast entitled Leaders & Legends of Online Learning.  In looking through the 65 interviews that he has conducted thus far, from the K-12 perspective I noticed:

043 Dr Cathy Cavanaugh

Dr Cathy Cavanaugh is Chief Technology Officer at the Lastinger Center for Learning at the University of Florida. Cathy has an extensive career history in online education and teaching, and she shares some of the insight gleaned from years of effective K12 practice.

In chatting with Mark about the podcasts, he also indicated that this one had a K-12 or schools sector focus.

063 Dr Tony Mays

Dr Tony Mays joined COL as Education Specialist: Open Schooling in February 2019. Throughout his career, Tony has been involved with the strategic leadership and operational management of distance education with extensive experience in sub-Saharan Africa. He previously served as Manager of the Unit for Distance Education, Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria and before that as a Senior Programme Specialist at Saide.

So check it out- both these two and the others that are there.

August 9, 2021

Introducing Education Beat, a new podcast by EdSource

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The news may be of interest to some readers.

Dear EdSource Readers,
I’m pleased to introduce Education Beat, EdSource’s new weekly podcast that gets to the heart of education issues in California and beyond. Join us each week as we cover everything from preschool to college, bringing you the personal stories behind the headlines.
In our first episode, host Zaidee Stavely talks with senior reporter Carolyn Jones about how teachers and counselors are preparing to make schools places of healing that focus on mental health and wellbeing.
The pandemic has sparked high levels of anxiety and grief, with countless students losing loved ones to the virus: A school counselor from Los Angeles shares how students and parents are feeling more anxious than ever, and what she’s done to try to alleviate some of that stress.
We hope you enjoy the podcast. Look for the latest episode each week on Thursdays, and please subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
Anne Vasquez
Executive Director
EdSource | 436 14th StreetSuite 1005Oakland, CA 94612
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