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Helping students with special needs adjust to virtual learning

Originally aired on WKBT – November 30, 2020 For some parents and teachers transitioning students with special needs to online learning can be challenging. Shelley Gates, an assistant principal for Minnesota Virtual Academy, works closely with the special education program and said students can succeed, it just takes some patience. She said even though students are […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Cyber teacher provides tips on how to help your child succeed while learning online

Originally aired on WHP-TV – September 18, 2020 Between spring and now pretty much every family has struggled, at least a little bit, as learning went virtual. The new normal is putting a strain on so many parts of the family dynamic. “I was basically in shock,” said Conestoga Valley High School Senior Ethan Reynolds. […]

OVCA Provides Students With Hope for Success

Originally aired on Education Futures Podcast – September 23, 2020 After spending time in the classroom and as an administrator, Sandra Powell has found the perfect role for her: Graduation Coach. In this interview with Dr. Rob Reynolds, Sandra talks about giving hope to students who are struggling to finish high school. They also talk […]

Parents looking for stability turn to homeschooling and established virtual schools

Originally published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – September 22, 2020 Stability. Safety. Are these too much to ask from schooling this year? They are certainly in short supply, pretty much across America. Uncertainty and stress continue to hang over almost any path school districts, parents and kids are taking. Not surprisingly, an increased number of […]