California Adult Blended Program Sparks Student Success

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

Returning to school can be challenging for many students—and it becomes more difficult as they grow older. Often times, traditional brick-and-mortar programs fail to meet the needs of adults who have family and job responsibilities. Districts also find it challenging to offer both the range of courses needed and the qualified instructors required at a reasonable cost. Online instruction offers a cost-effective solution: flexible, personalized learning with an expansive array of courses taught by subject matter experts.

Career Credentials: Helping Students Go for the Gold at Every Distance

Contributor: 
Fuel Education

The new paradigm of career and technical education (CTE) is that every student can benefit from it, whether they're chasing a well-paying career right out of high school or pursuing a postsecondary degree. Even the federal government's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed into law a year ago recognizes that new reality. The Act adds CTE to the definition of a well-rounded education, bringing it into the spotlight previously reserved for traditional subjects like English and math.

Administering Pikes Peak Early College

Contributor: 
Fuel Education

Leading a revolutionary new early college program takes tact and vision. Dave Knoche, executive principal, finds the perfect balance of both in the administration of PPEC. What he finds most important is connecting with his staff, fostering their visions through feedback and strong encouragement. Mr. Knoche also enables PPEC students to connect with him and their teachers with a policy of acceptance and care.

Because of the rigorous nature of PPEC, and the high achievement expected of its students, Mr. Knoche's time is not devoted to dealing with disciplinary related issues. Rather, he focuses on managing the school's high achievement through direct and open relationships with his staff and their students.

Hear how PPEC flourishes under the direction of Mr. Knoche firsthand...

3 Tips for Teaching Hot Topics in an Online Setting

Contributor: 
Fuel Education

As a civics educator in an online setting, I often have to navigate some tricky waters. In my case, I teach in the state of Florida, which has a hotly divided population. If you’ve watched the news at all, you’re aware there are things going on in our country and world that are viewed from very different perspectives—party politics, terrorism, immigration, gun violence, gun rights, women’s reproductive rights, rights of the unborn, police brutality, civil liberties, and on and on. As much as I’d love to bury my head in the sand and avoid all of these discussions, it’s my responsibility as a civics educator to discuss the issues that help individuals form and shape their political ideologies and affiliations. Students have to know political party platforms, and the types of issues that may lead a person to identify with one party over the other.

Inspiring Daring Dreams of the Future at Pikes Peak Early College

Contributor: 
Fuel Education

Join the year long journey as students, faculty, and staff reach for new heights at Pikes Peak Early College (PPEC) in Peyton, Colorado. This newly established grades 9 through 12+2 school uniquely prepares students from diverse backgrounds for college and career through flexible and individualized blended learning, combined with free early college options. Tune in to view our Year One Video Blog and see firsthand how the program works from the perspective of students, staff, and administrators. See the successes and challenges that arise during a remarkable first year. 


Dreams are powerful visions of the future that motivate us in the present. PPEC is compelling students to envision daring dreams of the future and allowing teachers and staff to inspire PPEC's students to reach for them. By forging unique memorandums of understanding with colleges and crafting a program of study individualized for each student, PPEC allows students to reach for higher educational dreams with the promise of a free associate's degree and the support of expert staff to assist the 9–12 plus 2 year (12+2) journey...

 

Staying on Their Mind: Six Ways to Engage Students Online

Contributor: 
Kelli Hicks

This past year, I went on a trip to London. My four-year-old, Katie, helped me pack for the trip. As I packed, she disappeared for a few minutes and came back with a heart she had decorated. She put it in the suitcase and said, "Mommy, take this heart so you will remember I love you." The heart stayed on the nightstand at the hotel. It was the last thing I saw each night before I turned off the lights, and the first thing I saw in the morning.

Follow a New Blended Learning School through its First Year

Contributor: 
Fuel Education

This is your chance to experience the launch of an innovative blended school.

Join the year-long journey as students, faculty, and staff reach for new heights at Pikes Peak Early College (PPEC) in Peyton, Colorado.  This newly established school for grades 9 through 12+2 uniquely prepares students from diverse backgrounds for college and career through flexible and individualized blended learning, combined with free early college options. PPEC's goal is to increase completion of college courses, associate's degrees, and certifications, while reducing high school remediation rates. PPEC's faculty and staff members empower students to seamlessly transition from high school to college by facilitating personalized, flexible blended online and traditional pathways emphasizing self-directed learning. They accomplish this using Fuel Education's broad catalog of online curriculum and their award-winning, open technology platform, PEAK.

Tune in to view our Year One Video Blog and see firsthand how the program works from the perspective of students, staff, and administrators. See the successes and challenges that arise during a remarkable first year.

Innovative Blended Learning Educator Wins EPA Award

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

How can you become an award-winning educator by incorporating online and blended learning into your curriculum? Ask Mona Cloys, an experienced alternative program coordinator, science teacher, and online instructor for the Lake County DOOR Program, and coordinator for the alternative high school diploma program offered at Lake County High School in Leadville, Colorado.

Cloys was one of 18 teachers recently honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) with the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). The prestigious PIAEE award was established to recognize innovative educators who integrate environmental learning into their classrooms using hands-on, experiential approaches. Up to two teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions are selected to receive this award each year. Cloys and the other 2015/2016 PIAEE winners were recognized at a ceremony at the White House on August 16, 2016.

Bending the Rules of Time and Space

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

Education has, for the most part, been beholden to the rules and regulations of a factory-model classroom since the 19th century. This traditional educational model, premised on lawfulness and orderliness, set stringent standards on when, where, and how students were educated in public schools and beyond. 

With the advent of the computer age came a chance to break free from this limiting tradition. Digital resources and technologies have now ushered in innovative learning possibilities. Schools have begun to move away from the traditional factory-model classroom by altering the rules of time and space

You Can Do That Online? 5 Teaching Strategy Tips

Contributor: 
Kelli Hicks

One of the great myths of online education is that you can’t use the same teaching strategies you use in a traditional brick-and-mortar classroom. You can, and they are just as effective online as they are in the face-to-face setting! You just have to know how to adapt them. Here are a few tips you can use:

  1. Put it to song. When I was a high school student, my math teacher put the quadratic formula to the tune of “Pop Goes the Weasel” and I have never forgotten it. That one little song helped me pass that quarter of math because so much of the curriculum depended on that formula. In an online setting, you can give this type of trick an immortal status. Record yourself singing the song and post the digital file to your course. This could be posted as an announcement when the students reach that part of the curriculum. It can live permanently in your resources area of the course. You can even embed it in the unit so that it is part of the students' lesson.

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