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Tips for Navigating Virtual Learning

Originally aired on KMBC-TV – September 16, 2020 COVID-19 is introducing many families to online learning for the first time. But this isn’t new for everyone in Kansas and Missouri. Lauren Weber, a high school social studies teacher from Insight School of Kansas (ISKS), has 12 years of experience in the virtual classroom. In an […]

ARVA Specializes in Distance Learning

Originally published by Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette – September 13, 2020 Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette education reporter Dave Perozek chats with two K-12 school administrators who specialize in distance learning: Shay Hopper, coordinator of the Springdale School District’s Virtual Innovation Academy, and Amy Johnson, head of school at the Arkansas Virtual Academy. Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Podcasts · […]

Dreading the School Year? Some Parents Are Taking It On The Road

Originally published by Bloomberg – August 28, 2020 When the novel coronavirus began spreading across the globe early this year, Bridy and Kurt Oreshack were so concerned that they pulled their children out of school three days before it officially closed. Their anxiety quickly gave way to other emotions. “We thought, there’s never going to […]

Maine Virtual Academy helps other schools adapt to online learning

Originally aired on WGME-TV – September 8, 2020 Schools across the country are facing challenges as they incorporate virtual learning into their lesson plans, but for one school in Maine, they’ve got it down to a science. “Our model affords us continuity,” Maine Virtual Academy Head of School Dr. Melinda Browne said. For five years, […]

Virtual schools experience increased enrollment

Originally aired on KERO-TV – September 9, 2020 After two weeks, even virtual learning schools such as California Virtual Academies are feeling the pressure this school year. California Virtual Academies is now on their nineteenth year of instruction and say this is the first year they’ve had to cap enrollment due to high demand. “We’ve […]

Augusta-based charter school marks five years of virtual-only learning

Originally published in the Kennebec Journal – September 6, 2020 While many public schools got their first taste of online teaching in March, when the coronavirus pandemic forced students to learn from home for the rest of the academic year, one Augusta-based school is marking its fifth year of full virtual education. The Maine Virtual […]

Keeping kids healthy and focused while online learning

Originally aired on KGW-TV – September 7, 2020 It’s going to be a long road ahead for kids and families trying to figure out distance learning. A parent recently e-mailed KGW asking for some best practices when it comes to making sure kids stay healthy and focused while they’re learning at their computers all day. […]

COVID-19 Fuels Big Enrollment Increases in Virtual Schools

Originally published by EdWeek – September 3, 2020 The numbers are striking and consistent: Online learning providers are seeing a boom in enrollment as parents seek an alternative to chaotic remote school experiences this spring. Florida Virtual School’s enrollment is up 54 percent year over year for its individual online course offerings and 64 percent […]