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South Carolina helps prepare young people for careers

Originally published in The State – January 27, 2020 When I enrolled in classes at Coastal Carolina University, I was so excited to begin my college journey. I thought that the school’s marine science program would be an opportunity to swim with dolphins and basically play in the water all day. But I didn’t quite […]

Op-ed: Include virtual education in teacher certification requirements

Originally published in The Indianapolis Star – February 9, 2020 I have been in education for a long time, both as a teacher and as an administrator. I have also taught in multiple school settings, including in a traditional classroom as well as in a virtual one. Having a front row seat to various learning […]

Wabash County woman starts Indiana’s first virtual FFA chapter

Originally aired on WFFT-TV – January 31, 2020 A Wabash County woman started Indiana’s first ever virtual Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter. Amber Lewis, agriculture and criminal justice teacher for the Indiana Digital Learning School, identified a need for an FFA chapter that was accessible to everyone. “One of the great things about being […]

Your view: Keep charter schools alive for betterment of our children

Originally published in The Times Leader – January 30, 2020 I’ve been reading a lot about pending legislation that would shut down cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania and restrict the rights of families to freely choose these public-school options. This breaks my heart, because Insight Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School is the one place where my […]

Letter: Protect school choice

Originally published in The Idaho Press Tribune – January 12, 2020 Not everyone fits in the same academic box. As a teacher, I’ve seen firsthand how every student has unique needs. Fortunately, families in Idaho can choose from traditional and online academic options that aren’t one size fits all. For six years, I’ve been an […]

Online charter school fosters environment of inclusion, self-identification

Originally aired on WILX-TV – January 10, 2020 In this edition of Schools Rule, WILX News 10 is featuring one Lansing-area principal who is making sure every student has a safe, healthy learning environment. Pietr Hoekstra is the Principal of the Insight School of Michigan. It is an online, public cyber school. Hoekstra says feeling […]

Hoosier Helpings Holiday Program

Originally aired on WXIN-TV – December 18, 2019 A local charter school is bringing their year-round giving spirit to those in need this holiday season. Hoosier Academies runs a food pantry called “Hoosier Helpings” and it is expanding that into the “Hoosier Helpings Holiday Program.” That means 97 children will be getting food, toiletries, clothes […]