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Virtual schools see bump in interest as COVID-19 pandemic makes for uncertain fall

Originally published by Wisconsin State Journal – June 13, 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic challenged the traditional school system this spring — forcing districts to quickly adapt to the online environment — heads of Wisconsin virtual schools say they didn’t skip a beat. The stability and experience of teaching children remotely is one of the […]

Officials Consider Virtual Options for Upcoming School Year

Originally published in Spectrum News – June 11, 2020 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The health and safety of students is always the top priority of school districts, so officials are considering virtual options for the upcoming school year. Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools had virtual academy in the works even before the pandemic and is rolling it […]

Thousands Looking Into Online Schooling Option

Originally aired on WSLS-TV – June 11, 2020 ROANOKE, Va. – Parents are trying to plan for the fall not knowing what school will look like for students. Thousands of families are looking into new options that don’t involve local school systems and are online. Serenity Mullins loves to do her school work outside with the […]

Letter to the Editor: Online school helped this student’s experience

Originally published by Martinsville Bulletin – June 9, 2020 To the editor: Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, so many parents have reached out to me to ask about my family’s experience with online school. I tell them all the same thing — online school is one of the best things to ever happen to us. […]

Beauty in the middle of a pandemic

Originally Published in The Daily Memphian – June 6, 2020 Amid turmoil, there is still beauty in unexpected places. There are still moments of peace. There is still hope. To find them, you just have to open your eyes and look around you. That’s the message that Tennessee Virtual Academy junior Amiracle Sanaa Laney wants […]

Can the Pandemic Teach Students to Fail Forward?

Originally published by RealClearEducation – June 8, 2020 One of my favorite shows to binge-watch is Shark Tank. Watching promising entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to industry experts in the hopes of landing a lucrative investment deal always offers lessons in ingenuity, determination, and the opportunities found in failure. Mistakes, on this show, aren’t usually shunned. […]

Look out for each other in tough times

Originally published in Warren Tribune Chronicle – June 7, 2020 Every student dreams of walking across that stage at graduation. But for the Class of 2020, this dream has been taken away by COVID-19. While the pandemic is bringing heartbreaking news, it is also showing how we can come together in times of need. As […]

Parents Are Getting More Involved in Remote Learning. Is That a Good Thing?

Originally published by EdSurge – June 2, 2020 Parenting is a tough job in the best of circumstances. And if you’re anything like me, it’s been even harder in the age of COVID-19. The shift to remote learning has been a big adjustment for my kids. And, to be honest, it’s been challenging for their […]

Letter: Online teaching tips

Originally published in Traverse City Record-Eagle – June 2, 2020 For so many of us, this school year is different than any other. Due to COVID-19, teachers who are accustomed to brick-and-mortar classrooms were suddenly thrust into an online teaching environment. As an online teacher at Highpoint Virtual Academy of Michigan, I want to share […]

Online learning provides opportunity for quality education

Originally published by The Statesman Journal – May 29, 2020 The last place anyone should experience fear and anxiety is in school. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for me at my local brick-and-mortar school, even before COVID-19. That’s why I chose to move to an online school at Destinations Career Academy of Oregon (ORDCA). Online […]