I am going to be attending this conference:
I will try to post from the conference this week. Thank you for reading!
I will have to explore this certificate a bit more. It is an interesting idea and I wonder what their program entails. Hopefully this translates into success for students because that is the bottom line. This also means that most of the K-12 teachers who teach online do not have certification in online teaching. I wonder how these certified teachers will fare compared to those who currently teach online programs.
On a side note, as programs like this evolve so does the legitimation of K-12 online learning. I wonder the staying power of these schools and how the traditional public school districts will respond to these programs. Will they change how schools operate? Only time will tell!
VCU Online Teaching Certification Story
Yesterday I posted a story about the struggles of the virtual school in Massachusetts. Today I am posting a story that shows despite struggles around the country with these schools, they seem to be still growing. As mentioned yesterday, a failure of a school does not mean that the type (in this case, online learning) is inherently flawed. However, if these schools are going to continue to operate they need to succeed or they need not exist at all, of course this is true of any type of school.
Here is the story about the virtual school possibly opening in Maine.
This is something we are seeing in Pennsylvania too. The question remains, why have these schools been having such a hard time? Is it the nature of the platform itself? Is it that they take lower-achieving students? Is it the ineptitued of the organizations and companies that run these schools? These are all key questions that need answering.
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Mass. Virtual School Put on Probation
Or here is a different story about the same school
Sure this is up for debate and not completely trustworthy, but this article makes a strong case against some of these schools. Not once do I see the word “public” on the list and often I see “for-profit.” Story here:
“America’s Worst Colleges”