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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 […]

Teacher finds anonymity promotes honesty in online classrooms

Originally aired on WOOD-TV – December 17, 2019 Stacey Harrison lives in Rockford and taught in a traditional, brick-and-mortar classroom in middle and high schools for more than ten years. Now, she works from home in a virtual classroom. She is a teacher for Highpoint Virtual Academy of Michigan with more than 200 students across […]

Letter: Arizona’s priorities

Originally published in the Mohave Valley Daily News – December 10, 2019 The results of the Arizona State University Morrison Institute for Public Policy poll revealed public education is No. 3 concern for Arizonans behind health insurance and water quality. As an educator, I’m pleased to see our communities agree that this should be a […]

3 Ways to Help Bullying Survivors Succeed in the Classroom

Originally published in Education World – December 11, 2019 The rate of bullying in American classrooms is alarmingly high and our students are increasingly at risk of being bullied—both in person and online. According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, more than 1 out of 5 students are reported victims of bullying. But for many students […]

Why we need to protect, expand online CTE

Originally published in Centre Daily Times – December 7, 2019 As a kid, you naturally have a lot of competing interests. With “the world as your oyster” it’s so easy to imagine yourself in multiple roles with limited exposure, experience or early progress swaying you more heavily in one direction. This is something I struggled […]