Online and blended learning can be implemented into schools in countless ways, so how can you best figure out how to do it successfully? Drawing inspiration from other schools or districts that have built some of the best online learning programs is one easy way to get started. Below are the stories of five more teachers, schools, and districts who have found success with their particular implementation.
eLearning Academy Offers Students Both Support and Flexibility: Lately, North Carolina has been seeing mixed success in its state virtual school pilot program. But the Charlotte-Mecklenburg eLearning Academy is seeing more student success on state exams and earned a B from the state (while the two virtual charter schools in the pilot program earned a D). And because the school provides flexibility and the curriculum is approved for use by the NCAA, the eLearning Academy counts several student athletes among its student body, including an Olympic gymnast and a NASCAR driver.
Alternative School Helps Determined Students Complete Their Education: Traditional schooling doesn’t work for everyone, but that shouldn’t stop them from earning their high school diploma. For nontraditional students, the Learning Center provides the curriculum, setting, and structure they need to finish their schooling in a way that works for them. And best of all, students who complete their schooling at the Learning Center leave with a high school diploma.
Finding AP® Success with Online Learning: Teachers who teach AP courses have ambitious goals to achieve, so having helpful resources to reach those goals can be key to their success. When Tina Barerra-Melde found out she would be teaching AP human geography, she remembered how much she liked using Edgenuity at a previous school, so she began using Edgenuity’s AP human geography course with her class. And all of her students scored a 4 or above on the exam!
Virtual School Helps Homeschooled Students Connect with Their Peers: For some students, the increased presence of online and virtual learning has meant that they can be involved in their public school while getting the flexibility they need for their education. Middle schoolers in Gaston County, North Carolina can choose to attend a traditional brick-and-mortar school or complete their schooling at home using Edgenuity®. This partnership means students can learn on their own terms, while staying connected to their assigned public school, and the district gets the funding associated with those students’ enrollment. A win-win-win situation!
Flexible Learning Option Helps Adults Earn High School Diplomas: Many adult learners require flexibility in order to finish their schooling, and the Wheatley Alternative Education Center offers exactly that. Students can complete most of their work for a high school diploma from anywhere they have computer and internet access, and are free to take breaks from and return to their schoolwork as needed. “There is no hurdle to stop you,” says Principal Carl Pleasant.
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