Well-Deserved Recognition for a School That Transforms Students into Confident, Enthusiastic Learners

Contributor: 
Amanda Cunningham

In this post of Learning Outside the Lines, we are proud to spotlight the winner of Fuel Education’s 2016 Transformation Award. Each year, we recognize schools that are transforming education for their students through innovative online and blended learning programs. 

Blended Learning Success: Positively Impacting Every Student

Contributor: 
Amanda Cunningham

In its new series, “Research: Outcomes of Blended/Online Learning Programs,” the Evergreen Education Group takes an in-depth look at successful blended and online programs across the nation to examine the best practices that have created tangible results. We are pleased to share with you some highlights from the Crater Lake Charter Academy case study.

Health Science Job Security and How to Get There with CTE

Contributor: 
Amanda Cunningham

In this blog series, we will delve into four important Career Clusters® that are in need of more educated and well-trained students to fill the higher-skill, higher-wage jobs open to them. These Career Clusters are health science, information technology, business management and administration, and manufacturing. In this post we will focus on health science.

The Unofficial Guide to the 2016 ASU GSV Summit

Contributor: 
Amanda Cunningham

The annual ASU GSV Summit  will be here next week. What began eight years ago as a modest event put on by Arizona State University and GSV Capital, an investment firm, to enable investors to hear presentations from about 50 education start-ups has transformed into a central showcase for investors and companies scouting the next big thing in education technology.

Being a Blended and Online Learning Mentor: The Key to Success

Contributor: 
Ashley Shorter

A mentor is by definition someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced, often younger, person, i.e., a trusted counselor or guide. While this may sound like a familiar role in a traditional brick-and-mortar teaching environment, when it comes to online and blended learning a mentor role takes on a new life. So, what does a mentor in an online and blended environment look like?  

Increasing Student Retention: How Can We Help Students?

Contributor: 
Lainney Ballew

How can we help struggling students so they don’t drop out? In order to help them, we really need to identify why they are struggling and why we are losing them.

Some, but certainly not all, reasons students drop out are that they:

  • Are falling behind in class and in their grades, which makes them feel unable catch up—so they give up hope and lose motivation
  • Need to help support their families in various ways, and so they are unable to attend traditional brick-and-mortar schools
  • Feel their learning needs aren’t being met by traditional methods

Catching Up or Getting Ahead with Online Summer School Programs

Contributor: 
Amanda Cunningham

Many young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer break. Typically, students lose about two months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computation skills, and low-income students lose an additional two months in reading achievement—despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains according to the National Summer Learning Association.                                                              

Summer school doesn’t need to be the un-air-conditioned agony that students and teachers imagine it to be. Instead, it can be an opportunity to help students stay on track to graduate, get ahead with core courses, or be inspired with career-building electives.

Solving the Special Education Crisis through Online Speech, Occupational, and Behavioral Therapies

Contributor: 
Amanda Cunningham

More than 13 percent of America’s school-aged population—more than six million children—require special education today according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Given this challenge, compounded by a nationwide shortage of special education teachers and related services clinicians, schools struggle to provide the federally mandated services these students need to progress academically.

Across the country, schools and districts are leveraging digital learning to overcome these staffing and resource challenges in order to improve student outcomes and to address the many needs of their K–12 students. Whether to expand course options, to provide assistance to those who need additional help through online speech, occupational, and behavioral therapies, or to provide an alternative learning environment, digital learning is a nontraditional method with proven success.

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