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Letter to the editor: Virtual Academy

Originally published in The Idaho Statesman – November 20, 2018 Teachers play a significant role in shaping our lives, yet their efforts often go unrecognized. I think this needs to change. While attending high school at Idaho Virtual Academy (IDVA), my homeroom teacher, Ms. Frost, helped me build my confidence in writing. Because of her, […]

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Letter: Helping Michigan Students Succeed

Originally published in The Detroit News – November 7, 2018 Experts tell us that more than 50 million job openings will be created by 2020. Many of these jobs will require a four-year college degree. But many of these jobs — 30 percent of them to be exact— won’t require a four-year degree. These jobs […]

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Early training puts students on the road to career success

Originally published in The Arizona Republic – November 23, 2018 I have the unique opportunity to put students on the path to success. And I don’t take this responsibility for granted. Whether I’m connecting teachers to the resources they need or reviewing anew curriculum, I think about how my decisions will affect my students — […]

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Career Readiness Programs For Students Are Vital to Future of Idaho, U.S.

Originally published in the Idaho Statesman – November 20, 2018 Every day, I have the chance to make a difference in a student’s life. Whether I’m reviewing a new curriculum or researching a new learning program, I think about how my decisions will affect students — well beyond their high school graduation. And as the […]

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3 Ways to Navigate American Politics in the Classroom

Originally published in eSchool News — November 13, 2018 In our current social climate, it can be tricky for anyone, especially a teenager, to talk about politics and the role of government. But as educators, it’s our job to explain the varying viewpoints that make up our political discourse. It’s also our job to foster […]

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DeGraff Siblings’ Toy Drive Takes Off Statewide

Originally published in The Weekly Currents – November 6, 2018 DeGraff area resident Tyler Slaven, an agri-business student at the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima, is spearheading a statewide toy drive, along with his sister Monica, to collect toys to give to kids at Nationwide Children’s Hospital of Columbus this Christmas. Slaven, president of […]

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Are School Buildings Obsolete? Alternative Teaching Models Now Include Online Schools

Originally published on Flatland KCPT’s Digital Magazine – November 5, 2018 A “school without walls” is typically a euphuism for a building that substitutes collaborative learning for the standard approach of stationing teachers in front of a classroom full of students. But the internet age has brought us to a point where walls literally are […]

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IDVA Kicks Off School Year with Harvest Events

Students attending Idaho Virtual Academy (IDVA) may primarily interact with one another through their virtual classrooms, but also routinely gather face-to-face for community service projects and social outings. Such was the case on Friday, October 12, when IDVA hosted “Harvest Events” across the state. Families enjoyed a fun-filled day of fall activities and bonding with fellow […]

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School Choices Abound: Explore a Growing Number of Options for Children’s Education

Originally published in Northeast Ohio Parent – October 11, 2018 The list of choices available to families concerning childhood education has grown beyond the traditional options of public, private or parochial schools. Over the last 25 years, charter schools, online schools and homeschooling have joined the list. More families are opting for these alternative forms […]

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Regionally Speaking: Interview with GDA Principal Rachel Goodwin

Originally aired on Lakeshore Public Radio’s Regionally Speaking* – September 5, 2018 *Note: Rachel’s interview begins at the 26:11 mark A new K-8 “blended” public school is opening this fall in Gary and is seeking students.  Gary Digital Academy is part of the Gary Community Schools.  Principal Rachel Goodwin joins us to talk about the […]