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.
The new school year brings with it a host of emotions: anticipation, excitement, and even a little nervousness for some. In the state of Pennsylvania, there often seems to be some necessary learning for educators and administrators as well. This is especially true this year with the inception of the Future Ready PA Index.
School may be out for the summer, but district and school administrators are hard at work planning for the 2018–19 school year. To support you in this process (and save you a little time to enjoy the sunshine!), we've assembled a curated list of our best resources aligned to goals outlined by the Pennsylvania ESSA plan.
Pennsylvania educators, we have some exciting news for you! Edmentum has created multiple rubrics to help guide the use of Study Island Benchmark Assessments as an on-track measure for the Future Ready PA Index. These rubrics can help Pennsylvania districts take advantage of the Future Ready option in selecting and evaluating alternative assessments for their schools that follow Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) guidelines.
In the fall of 2014, the Plato Courseware team started working on a brand-new series of courses for middle school English. They needed to dig into what strategies, tactics, features, voice, etc., work most effectively to engage middle school students, especially in English language arts (ELA).
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