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Letter to the editor: Maine Virtual Academy has improved since release of critical report

Originally published in The Portland Press Herald. A student’s success there shows why online charter schools are such an important option.Share An Aug. 11 article in the Portland Press Herald, “Struggling Maine Virtual Academy looks to renew charter for online education,” cites a third-party report critical of the school. While this report did reflect some […]

Opinion: Why SC must produce career-ready, critical-thinking students

Originally published in Greenville News – June 1, 2019 In his 2019 State of the State speech, Gov. Henry McMaster called South Carolina “red hot,” and reiterated the need for more skilled workers to fill open positions. The solution to this problem starts in the classroom, where we should be focusing on teaching students the […]

Column: Ohio students can make the most of job growth

Originally published in The Columbus Dispatch – February 28, 2019 The government agency that tracks U.S. employment continues to report good news with low unemployment and strong job growth in health care, construction and manufacturing. And in Ohio, the unemployment rate has held steady at 4.6 percent. This is a welcomed departure from a decade […]

Insight PA Cyber Charter School

Originally aired on ABC 27 News – January 10, 2019 Good Day PA has introduced many different online charter schools in the past, but this one is different. They have received so many students that they are adding another grade for the 2019-2020 school year. Eileen Cannistraci with Insight PA Cyber Charter School was here to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]