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Virtual charter schools see boom in enrollment with COVID-19 disrupting traditional schooling

Originally published to MLive.com – November 30, 2020 A year ago, Michigan International Prep School, a statewide K-12 virtual charter, enrollment was around 700 students. This year, the school saw enrollment almost double to 1,250 students, officials say. The COVID-19 pandemic had parents across Michigan and the country seeking out established cyber charter schools, either […]

WYVA head of school receives statewide recognition

Originally published by The Lusk Herald – November 12, 2020 Whenever Dr. Joe Heywood visits somewhere new, he’s sure to bring his students with him – virtually. As Head of School at Wyoming Virtual Academy (WYVA), which is headquartered in Lusk and part of Niobrara County School District No. 1, Heywood aims to give his […]

Iowa Ideas 2020: Future of Online Learning

Originally published by The Gazette – October 26, 2020 Work was already underway on Iowa’s edTech landscape ahead of the coronavirus pandemic. Then students around the globe were forced online at high rates than ever. Meanwhile, many Iowa schools were left scrambling to develop online learning curriculum last Spring. How do we bring Iowa’s edTech […]

As some NEPA districts return to virtual learning, some tips from an expert

Originally aired ABC Scranton – October 27, 2020 As the fall goes on, and COVID-19 case numbers spike in some places, some school districts are going back to all virtual learning. Experts call this is an important time to remind people about what they need to do to be successful with virtual learning. For parents, […]

As COVID-19 Shifts Many Schools To Online Learning, Families Flock To Virtual Charter Schools

Originally aired on Wisconsin Public Radio – October 26, 2020 If Rural Virtual Academy hadn’t decided to cap its overall enrollment at about 1,500 students for this school year, Principal Charlie Heckel thinks the school could have easily doubled in size.  RVA opened in 2005, making it one of Wisconsin’s oldest still-operating virtual charter schools. Its enrollment for […]

Learning from your living room

Originally published to The Lewiston Tribune – October 18, 2020 Afton Bond made the difficult decision to quit her job and enroll her kindergarten daughter in an online program before the start of the current school year. The coronavirus pandemic created too many uncertainties for Bond, who worked at the same school her daughter attended, […]

Proper training needed for online teaching

Originally published in The Oklahoman – October 18, 2020 COVID-19 has changed the way we view the world around us. It’s especially made us take a closer look at education. We have seen districts that had been so used to the traditional brick-and-mortar model try everything from a full-online education platform to a blended environment […]

ISPA teacher helps parents with ‘math nights’

Originally aired on WNEP-TV – October 11, 2020 Nicole Manley of Bloomsburg is a math teacher at the Insight PA Cyber Charter School, teaching third through fifth grade. While teachers and students at this school were already well versed in virtual learning before the COVID-19 pandemic, Manley says there was a huge increase in enrollment this year. […]

IDVA Head of School shares her experience building an online school

Originally aired on CBS Boise – October 8, 2020 Schools across Idaho have transitioned to digital learning, but there is one group of Idaho students for which this is nothing new. Kelly Edginton, Head of School for Idaho Virtual Academy says their school continues to lead the way, online. “When the pandemic hit, our kids […]

Pandemic leads to surge of interest in local online schools

Originally published in the Telegraph Herald – October 2, 2020 Though Iowa Virtual Academy was growing already, applications for the online school really started flooding in during the COVID-19 pandemic. Enrollment at the school, a program offered through Clayton Ridge Community School District, spiked from about 530 students last year to more than 900 this […]