Shikellamy School District, in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, is one district that recently took the leap, partnering with EdOptions Academy to provide flexible virtual learning options for students. Two years in, district is not looking back, as the Shikellamy Virtual Academy has reached previously struggling students and helped recover more than $500,000 in funding. However, as with any major project, getting the virtual program to where it is today was a complicated process and not without challenges.
Virtual School Implementations for Student Retention, Transient Populations, and Credit Recovery “Minimesters”
Thinking about implementing a virtual program in your school or district? Considering options to improving your existing virtual school? Then, join us for an upcoming live webinar series where we will take a look at virtual learning from a variety of different angles!
At Edmentum, we’re familiar with the impact that blended learning, intervention, credit recovery, and remediation in grades 6–8 can have on a district. Check out a few of these inspiring success stories straight from middle schools across the country.
Sometimes, it only takes the right teachers with the right tools to foster lasting change in students. Such is the case in the rural village of Capac, Michigan, where Capac Community School District’s virtual education program is helping students in 6th through 12th grades realize their goals and find the value in education success. We recently caught up with the head of the Capac Virtual Education Program (CVEP), Tami Zimmer, to find out how it uses Edmentum Courseware and EdOptions Academy virtual courses to provide students with opportunities that would not be available otherwise. She brought her best practices and her knowledge of Edmentum products with her from a previous district.
A growing number of districts and states around the country have faced significant teacher shortages in recent years. Administrators have found themselves scrambling to fill open positions with qualified candidates and have been forced to find creative, and at times, less than ideal, solutions to overcome this issue. And, these shortages come with negative impacts on multiple levels. Teachers are left with larger class sizes, increased workloads, and classes outside of their area of expertise; students are at risk of missing out on the type of top-quality instruction they need and deserve in order to thrive academically. Here, we’ll take a closer look at what lies at the root of these teacher-shortage issues and what administrators can consider doing to meet specific challenges in their own buildings.
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