The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning Celebrates a New Generation of Students Through Its 2016 Student Scholarship Program

Thirty-one amazing high school graduates awarded post-secondary financial support

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The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning has announced that thirty-one graduates of online and blended high school programs have received post-secondary financial support through their 2016 Student Scholarship Program. Scholarship recipients represent more than twenty-one states around the country, attended a mix of traditional public, public charter, and private schools, and have plans to matriculate to a wide range of 2-year, 4-year, and vocational schools to continue their personalized educational journeys.

Amy Valentine, Executive Director of The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning, said, “It is a privilege to recognize the incredible achievements of our first cohort of scholarship winners and to support their future academic pursuits. Having taken the road less traveled through online and blended learning opportunities, these young scholars are poised to tackle the next phase of their schooling with focus and determination.”

Kevin P. Chavous, Chairman of the foundation’s Board of Directors, said, “Each day I am amazed by the heights to which our students can soar when simply offered a chance to do so. In online and blended learning environments, students across the country are taking ownership of their learning and exploring new ways to display and apply their knowledge. Hearing the stories shared by our scholarship recipients and witnessing first-hand their creativity, intelligence, and passion is an inspiration the foundation is proud to share.”

Schools attended by scholarship recipients include:

Arizona Virtual Academy, Phoenix, AZAspire Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy, Stockton, CAButler Tech School of the Arts, Hamilton, OHCalifornia Virtual Academy, Simi Valley, CACapital High School, Boise, IDCareer Path High, Kaysville, UTCAVA @ Maricopa High School, Maricopa, CAChicago Virtual Charter School, Chicago, ILChrista McAuliffe School of Arts and Sciences, Lake Oswego, ORCommonwealth Charter Academy, Harrisburg, PADowningtown High School West, Downingtown, PAHurricane High School, Hurricane, WVIndiana Connections Academy, Indianapolis, INIowa Virtual Academy, Garnavillo, IAKeystone School, Bloomsburg, PALebanon High School, Lebanon, ORMelba High School, Melba, IDMetro East Web Academy, Gresham, ORMontgomery Academy, Mount Vernon, GANorth Lakes Academy, Forest Lake, MNOhio Connections Academy, Cleveland, OHOhio Virtual Academy, Maumee, OHSouth Carolina Connections Academy, Columbia, SCSprings Studio for Academic Excellence, Colorado Springs, COTexas Connections Academy, Houston, TXTriad Math and Science Academy, Greensboro, NCWest St. Mary High School, Baldwin, LAWisconsin Connections Academy, Appleton, WI

To learn more about the Student Scholarship Program and to find the schedule for the 2017 application process, please visit http://www.blendedandonlinelearning.org.

About The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning:

The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning is an independent charitable education organization. The mission of the foundation is to empower students through personalized learning by advancing the availability and quality of blended and online learning opportunities and outcomes. To become involved with the foundation or to learn more, visit http://www.blendedandonlinelearning.org.

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Pikes Peak Early College Teams with Fuel Education to Help Students Earn College Credit and Professional Certifications during High School

Students across Colorado can apply to enroll for the 2016-2017 school
year now to get a free community college education

August 08, 2016 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

HERNDON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to a
report
from the Georgetown
Center on Education and the Workforce
, by 2020, 65 percent of all
jobs in the economy will require post-secondary education or training
beyond high school. Therefore, students who still experience barriers to
achieving this level of education will have limited workforce options.
To help students overcome these barriers, Pikes
Peak Early College
(PPEC) helps students start working toward
post-secondary degrees and certifications in high school.

“A college degree or a professional certification doesn’t have to be
this elusive thing students can’t grasp”

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PPEC provides students online core, elective and career technical
education courses from Fuel
Education
™ (FuelEd™). The program uses the personalized learning
platform PEAK™, in combination with personalized college and career
counseling, to create a customized degree plan based on each student’s
interests, strengths, and goals for the future. PPEC works with both
FuelEd online teachers, as well as district-employed teachers, to
facilitate a blended learning model.

“Many of our students are first-generation college students or are part
of populations that are under-represented in post-secondary
institutions,” said Dave Knoche, Executive Principal at PPEC. “PPEC
provides these students with the monetary, academic, and emotional
support they need to achieve their goals after high school. If we didn’t
help these students, it would be an enormous disservice to our youth and
our society.”

PPEC students focus on getting more than just a high school diploma.
They are working toward an associate’s degree, 60 credits to transfer to
a four-year college or a professional certification all while completing
their high school requirements. To determine what route is best for each
student, PPEC’s college and career counseling staff members conduct
individual meetings to determine each student’s interests and then
create an appropriate degree plan. This individualized degree plan takes
into account their current college and career readiness skills, their
passions, and their plans for the future. Throughout their four to six
years at PPEC, students receive personalized advisory services to make
sure they are on track with their degree plan, that their plan continues
to fit their skill level and future interests, and that their credits
will transfer to the post-secondary institution or certification program
of their choice.

Once their degree plans are made, students begin working on their high
school coursework using FuelEd
Online Courses
. Students take a combination of online core classes
to meet graduation requirements and online elective courses to help them
hone their interests for college study or their future career. The
school also plans on using FuelEd’s Career
Readiness Pathways™
for students interested in a career technical
education. Courses center around one of four Career Clusters: business
management and administration, manufacturing, health science, and
information technology.

Because they can complete their coursework online, students only attend
a physical school three days a week. When students are on campus,
teachers lead project-based learning activities to compliment the FuelEd
Online Courses. The remaining two days are open for students to study at
home, participate in internships or shadowing opportunities, or attend
classes on college campuses. In addition to being the only early college
with a blended model in Colorado, what makes PPEC so unique is that each
student can take up to 15 credits per semester at no cost to them, thus
greatly alleviating the financial burden of attending college for
students and their families.

However, not every student is ready to start taking college courses as a
freshman. For students who need remediation prior to taking
college-level courses, PPEC creates custom skill-enhancement classes.
Using PEAK, PPEC determines which skills each student is missing and
designs a custom course by piecing together units and lessons from
various FuelEd Online Courses to ensure each student learns the concepts
they need prior to taking college-level courses . Traditionally, any
college student who needs remediation must pay for and take remedial
courses, which do not count for credit. By completing remedial courses
during high school, PPEC is, once again, helping students save money and
streamline the college experience.

“A college degree or a professional certification doesn’t have to be
this elusive thing students can’t grasp,” said Knoche. “In addition to
our personalized counseling and flexible learning environment, we are
guiding students in the direction of a four-year college, but in a
fiscally responsible way so students aren’t riddled with debt. We’re not
just educating, we’re changing lives.”

To learn more about PPEC, visit d49.org/ppec.
Students from all over the state of Colorado are eligible to apply. To
learn more about the enrollment process for the 2016-17 school year,
click here.

About Fuel Education

Fuel Education™ partners with school districts to fuel personalized
learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the
classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through
12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and
blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning
Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own
content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open
educational resources. Fuel Education offers one of the industry’s
largest catalogs of K–12 digital curriculum, certified instruction,
professional development, and educational services. FuelEd has helped
2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes and better serve
diverse student populations. To learn more, visit getfueled.com and Twitter.

©2016 Fuel Education LLC. All rights reserved. Fuel Education, PEAK,
and FuelEd are trademarks of Fuel Education LLC or its affiliates. All
other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Fuel EducationBeth Halloran, 703.436.3263bhalloran@getfueled.comorRachael
Ballard, 410.975.9638Rachael@kehcomm.com

Blended and Online Learning Solutions from Fuel Education Recognized by Education Industry’s Leading Awards Programs

PEAK™ and LearnBop® chosen in 2016 BESSIE, CODiE, Cool Tool, International Distance Learning, and Revere awards programs

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HERNDON, Va., May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Personalized learning solutions provider Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™) has won two education industry awards and was named a finalist by three additional award programs for online and blended learning solutions PEAK™, its personalized learning platform, and LearnBop®, its interactive math learning system.

“Our school and district partners have seen tremendous success as they have implemented our solutions and technology to create innovative instructional models,” said Gregg Levin, General Manager of Fuel Education. “We are honored to be recognized by these award programs and look to further the use of digital learning to meet the individual needs of more students.”

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PEAK, FuelEd’s personalized learning platform, won a 2016 BESSIE Award for Best Teacher Tools from ComputED Gazette. The BESSIE Awards, now in its 22nd year, target innovative and content-rich programs, apps, and websites that provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. PEAK was also a finalist in SIIA’s 2016 CODiE Awards for Best Cross-Curricular Solution, which recognizes the best software tools for students, educators, or administrators that can be used in multiple curriculum areas in the preK–12 or postsecondary market.

LearnBop, FuelEd’s interactive math program, won a Platinum 2016 International Distance Learning Award from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) for Best Distance Learning Programming. This prestigious award is presented to organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance learning programs. In addition to the company winning a platinum award, the founder of LearnBop, Bharani Rajakumar, won USDLA’s Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the Field of Distance Learning Award for 2016.

LearnBop is also a current finalist in the Association of American Publishers’ 2016 Revere Awards in the Supplemental Resources for Mathematics category.  The REVERE Awards, which will be announced June 8, 2016, honor high quality resources that educate learners of all ages, in all media, and in all educational environments, both in and beyond the classroom.

In addition, both PEAK and LearnBop were recognized as finalists in EdTech Digest’s 2016 Cool Tool Awards for Best e-Learning, Blended, or Flipped Solution. EdTech Digest recognizes the best tools, people, and trendsetters in and around education for transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. 

PEAK is FuelEd’s open technology platform featuring personalized dashboards that provide a unified view of online program metrics for administrators, teachers, and students, including single click access to teacher and learner tools, and an interactive display of student progress and performance. Using PEAK Library, the platform’s course customization tool, teachers can incorporate self-authored content, as well as third-party content from Khan Academy® and YouTube® Education, to quickly develop or customize assessments, lessons, or courses.

FuelEd’s exclusive partner LearnBop is an online math program that provides students in grades K–12 with instant step-by-step tutoring via guided hints, video, and adaptive feedback to teach students how to solve problems on their own. Because every step of each program is tagged with a core concept, teachers can immediately detect a student’s missing prerequisites.

About Fuel Education

Fuel Education™ partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through 12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education offers the industry’s largest catalog of K–12 digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. FuelEd has helped 2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes and better serve diverse student populations. To learn more, visit getfueled.com and Twitter.

©2016 Fuel Education LLC. All rights reserved. Fuel Education, FuelEd, LearnBop and PEAK are trademarks of Fuel Education LLC or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Preview: Idaho School District Wins 2016 Fuel Education™ Transformation Award

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Idaho School District Wins 2016 Fuel Education™ Transformation Award

Bonneville Joint School District recognized for innovative use of online learning to address students’ individual needs

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HERNDON, Va., May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Not all students excel in a traditional brick-and-mortar school. Whether a student is home or hospital-bound because of a chronic illness, has behavioral or learning challenges, or has other unique needs, they still need access to high-quality education. The Bonneville Online School, in Idaho’s Bonneville Joint School District, uses the power of online learning to address the needs of its students outside of the traditional education environment.

Personalized learning solutions provider Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™) has named Bonneville Online School (BOS) its 2016 Transformation Award winner. Schools and districts using FuelEd solutions were encouraged to submit success stories to demonstrate how they have used innovative online or blended learning programs to transform education for their students. Bonneville was selected from dozens of entries for providing K–8 students with a flexible school structure that enables them to have a successful academic experience from home.

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“We are very pleased to honor Bonneville Online School as an outstanding example of how school districts can use online and blended learning to help students overcome education barriers,” said Gregg Levin, General Manager of Fuel Education. “Fuel Educations primary goal is to help our school and district partners to personalize learning for each student—regardless of their personal circumstance—so they can achieve their academic goals.”

When 9-year-old Gabe enrolled at BOS in fall 2015, he had been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, and had been exhibiting behavioral issues with his principal and teacher at his previous brick-and-mortar school. Gabe started working on his FuelEd courses at grade level, but his learning coach—his mother—immediately realized his skill levels were well below grade level. With the support of his teacher, a modifiable curriculum, and his learning coach, Gabe is now a dramatically different student. He is confident and enthusiastic about school and puts in the extra effort needed to stay on track, even working on some Saturday mornings and school vacation days. Gabe has pride in his accomplishments and sees himself as an online, at-home learner until he graduates.

Gabe is just one of the more than 100 students enrolled in BOS. BOS was founded in 2010 at the request of a group of local parents who wanted an in-district online school that offered a curriculum approved by the superintendent. Students have the flexibility to complete FuelEd courses at their own pace with guidance from a learning coach and one of BOS’ three teachers. BOS takes an innovative approach to the mastery of content. If students score between 70-79 percent on an end-of-lesson test, students review missed questions with their learning coach to prove they know the material instead of retaking the test. For instructional support, teachers and students connect via phone, email, text, Class Connects and Google Hangouts for one-to-one or group instruction. Every Thursday, students can attend an optional face-to-face session with their teachers and peers.

BOS measures student success based on their participation in Thursday sessions, the level of direct communication with teachers, and growth and proficiency assessments. Nearly 60 percent of students attend the optional Thursday sessions. Students and their learning coaches are in almost constant communication with teachers.

The 2016 FuelEd Transformation Award submissions represented districts with diverse demographic, economic, and geographic backgrounds and identified specific challenges such as increasing graduation rates, providing flexible scheduling, and differentiating instruction for at-risk students. Despite their different backgrounds and goals, each district was able to use FuelEd’s digital curriculum to effectively address these challenges.

To read more about BOS and their program, as well as past FuelEd Transformation Award winners, visit www.getfueled.com/resources-results/transformation-awards.

About Fuel Education
Fuel Education™ partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through 12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education offers the industry’s largest catalog of K–12 digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. FuelEd has helped 2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes and better serve diverse student populations. To learn more, visitgetfueled.com and Twitter.

©2016 Fuel Education LLC. All rights reserved. Fuel Education and FuelEd are trademarks of Fuel Education LLC or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Fuel Education and LTS Education Systems Partner to Deliver Personalized, Game-Based Digital Learning Solution to Schools and Districts

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HERNDON, Va., April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Personalized learning solutions provider Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™) today announced that it has formed an exclusive partnership with LTS Education Systems® (LTS), a provider of proven adaptive, game-based learning solutions for students in pre-K–11th grade. The partnership enables FuelEd to deliver schools and districts more robust supplemental options for skills practice, assessment, and test readiness across all core subjects, in a highly engaging format that motivates students and inspires persistence.

LTS offers Stride™, an award-winning supplemental learning solution that is aligned to state and national standards. Through Stride, teachers easily assign modules to students, either as a class or individually, and students can complete the modules at school or at home. As students answer questions, they earn ‘coins’ which can be redeemed for gaming time within Stride. The more questions that students answer correctly, the more coins they earn. Additionally, the Stride question engine is adaptive. Questions cycle up or down in difficulty, depending on how the student is doing.  Teachers can generate real-time reports to monitor progress and inform instructional decisions.

FuelEd to Provide LTS Education System’s Stride(TM) Game-Based Digital Learning

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LTS was founded in 2001, and has grown to provide Stride at 1,500 schools and afterschool sites in 37 states, serving more than 350,000 students. In a 2014 independent study by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, student test results in grades 3–8 were 10 to 14 percent higher in reading, and 13 percent higher in math, as a result of using Stride to support learning. In addition, the results were strong across subgroups, indicating that the solution helps close the achievement gap.

“The addition of LTS Education Systems’ Stride product to Fuel Education’s portfolio of personalized learning solutions means our school and district partners have yet another proven, innovative way to help boost student achievement,” said Gregg Levin, General Manager of Fuel Education. “The Stride supplemental learning solution for all core subjects uses gamification to deliver meaningful experiences to students, who become motivated to move up the learning continuum. We are very pleased to be able to offer this highly engaging, game-based digital learning solution to schools and districts.”

“Like Fuel Education, LTS Education Systems has always been committed to enabling schools to provide students highly personalized learning experiences. With game-based digital learning, students want to continue their learning after school hours, which, as studies show, can result in significantly improved outcomes,” said Brian Shulman, Founder of LTS Education Systems. “We look forward to offering FuelEd’s innovative district partners our standards-aligned, supplemental learning solution.”  

Fuel Education will integrate Stride with its award-winning Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, an open, easy-to-use technology platform that provides a single, unified view of online and blended learning activities across multiple solutions for administrators, teachers, and students. PEAK provides intelligent reporting and analytics to help districts reduce system complexity and simplify administration as they adopt more digital and online learning solutions.

For more information about LTS and Stride, visit the company’s website at ltseducation.com and strideacademy.com.

About Fuel Education
Fuel Education™ partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education offers the industry’s largest catalog of digital K–12 curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. FuelEd has helped 2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes and better serve diverse student populations. To learn more, visit getfueled.com and Twitter.

©2016 Fuel Education LLC. All rights reserved.  Fuel Education, FuelEd, and PEAK are trademarks of Fuel Education LLC or its affiliates.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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K12 Launches Foundation for Blended and Online Learning

K12 has launched The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning, an independent charitable organization designed to advance online and blended learning opportunities and outcomes.

The foundation will have three goals:

  • To offer scholarships for post-secondary students;
  • To offer grants for individuals and organizations advancing online and blended learning; and
  • Bringing together stakeholders for collaboration.

“Through multi-faceted giving program, The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning seeks to build out scholarship programs to include educational endowments for undergraduate juniors/seniors pursuing teaching degrees, academic achievement tuition scholarships for online and blended students, as well as technology stipends for materials,” according to a news release. “Additionally, the foundation’s grant program will be designed to provide financial support to teachers working in blended and virtual schooling environments or using digital content. The Foundation will provide grants to educators for professional development, graduate coursework completion, development and replication of best practices for teaching in virtual environments.”

The board of directors for the new foundation will include:

  • Kevin Chavous, as chairman, founding board member and executive counsel for the American Federation for Children;
  • Robyn Bagley, founder and principal at Early College High School;
  • Kenneth Campbell, founding board member for the Black Alliance for Educational Options;
  • Allison Cleveland, executive vice president of school management and services at K12;
  • Mary Gifford, senior vice president of academic policy and external relations at K12;
  • Linda Lopez, former Arizona State Senator;
  • Rod Paige, former United States Secretary of Education; and
    Caroline Vander Ark, COO of Getting Smart.

“Thanks to K12’s vision and financial generosity, we are excited to launch the foundation,” said Chavous in a prepared statement. “Through our work we have an opportunity to shine a new light and illuminate blended and online learning advancements in education.”

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Penn Foster Names Heather McAllister as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

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Penn Foster named Heather McAllister general counsel and corporate secretary, with overall responsibility for Penn Foster’s legal, compliance and governance matters. McAllister is now also a member of the executive management team that sets strategic direction for the company.

Penn Foster seeks to set the standard for compliance in the industry; Heather has been successful at building and administering robust compliance and governance programs, creating corporate processes and procedures, and implementing best practices. to

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Penn Foster, a leader in career-focused online and blended learning solutions for today’s workforce, today named Heather McAllister as general counsel and corporate secretary, with overall responsibility for Penn Foster’s legal, compliance and governance matters.

McAllister is now also a member of the executive management team that sets strategic direction for the company. The announcement was made by Frank Britt, president and CEO, Penn Foster, to whom McAllister reports.

Most recently, McAllister was vice president, legal and compliance of K12 Inc. (LRN) where she counseled the $900 million education technology company on litigation, transaction governance and regulatory matters that confront a high-growth business in a highly regulated industry. McAllister also served as chair of K12’s Legal Compliance and Ethics Committee and as chief compliance officer for the school’s management business.

Prior to K12, Heather served as counsel for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and worked for law firms based in Washington D.C. and New York City, respectively.

“Heather McAllister has a strong and proven record in effectively promoting strategic business goals in a variety of sectors, including education, with deep expertise in high school,” said Britt. “Penn Foster seeks to set the standard for compliance in the industry, and Heather has been successful at building and administering robust compliance and governance programs, creating corporate processes and procedures, and implementing best practices to create an ethical and compliant culture focused on student value and outcomes.”

“I’m excited to join the Penn Foster team, and be part of an organization with a long history, committed to operating with the highest levels of compliance and delivering superior outcomes for our students,” said McAllister.

McAllister earned a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and a MBA from The George Washington University. She has been a frequent speaker on legal, compliance and governance issues at a variety of conferences and firms, and has lectured at Georgetown Law School.

About Penn Foster

Students, employers and partner organizations rely on Penn Foster to build the skills and knowledge to power the 21st century workforce. For over 125 years, Penn Foster has been dedicated to helping people lead more meaningful and productive lives and to improving social outcomes through education. Penn Foster provides career pathways for opportunity youth and adult learners through diverse and affordable online diploma, certificate and degree programs, offered via its high school, career school and college. With more than 30,000 graduates each year, Penn Foster’s online and blended learning programs are delivered in a self-paced, competency-based model wrapped by comprehensive academic, professional and personal support and coaching. For more information, visit http://www.pennfoster.edu.

K12 Inc. Launches the First Destinations Career Academy in Wisconsin

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Innovative Online Career Technical Academy model will provide hands on training and dual credit opportunities for middle and high school students

HERNDON, Va., Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — K12 Inc., America’s leading provider of K-12 online school programs, today announced the opening of the first Destinations Career AcademyTM. Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin  is the first-ever career and technical education-focused online high school in Wisconsin using the curriculum and academic programs by K12 Inc. It is also the first career readiness program to offer a Construction apprenticeship program in partnership with industry leaders.

“Studies have shown that by 2020 two out of three jobs will require some postsecondary education or training and that job-related skills can dramatically increase employment options for new graduates,” said Stuart J. Udell, CEO of K12 Inc. “We have a unique expertise in delivering online course content to young students and the addition of career and technical courses like the ones we are offering through our Destinations model will allow them to explore potential careers and get a jump on the certification process.”

K12’s career readiness offering uses a comprehensive end-to-end approach, designed to prepare students to enter the workforce or pursue other post-secondary options. Students can access multiple versions of core online high school courses and opt to take CTE courses in one of four Career Clusters:  Architecture and Construction; Business, Management, and Administration; Health Science; or Information Technology.  These Clusters are designed to give students a head start on their career goals by earning technical and specialty trade credentials, college credits, and workplace experiences.

Obtaining industry certifications opens the door to increased job opportunities for students in high-demand and high-paying jobs.  State licensed teachers provide students instruction and support and graduates receive a state-approved diploma. Students receive preparation for the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™ (NCRC®) and the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI®) exams as well as a membership in a SkillsUSA® career and technical student organization (CTSO) chapter for networking purposes.

Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin is an online public charter school sponsored by McFarland School District that utilizes this online career readiness curriculum. The tuition-free online public charter school is open to students statewide in grades 9 – 12 and serves full-time students in addition to offering individual courses to students in schools that do not have access to CTE programs.

What sets the school apart is a unique Construction Pathway developed in conjunction with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139 (Operating Engineers) and Fox Valley Technical College.  This unique “pre-apprenticeship” program directed by the Operating Engineers will give students hands-on experience and prepare them to enter apprenticeship training to become successful operating engineers – heavy equipment operators, mechanics, and surveyors – in the construction industry.  Fox Valley Technical College, based in Appleton, will offer dual-credit, tech-prep opportunities for students and help facilitate blended learning opportunities – online learning and face-to-face instruction – for students from a variety of campus locations, regional centers, and training sites. 

“There is no question that today’s labor market is desperate for workers with these types of skills,” says Tim Lawrence, the Executive Director of SkillsUSA, a K12TM partner that will offer students additional skills development opportunities. “High school students who are involved in CTE programs feel more engaged in schoolwork, so there is a lower risk of drop out. Programs like these help mitigate youth underemployment and these online courses will help reach even more underserved youth.”

Online and blended learning models are ideal for high schools looking to transform or expand their CTE programs quickly, affordably, and thoroughly. The Wisconsin school represents the first of several CTE offerings planned by K12, which provides curriculum and services to over 2000 school districts across the United States.  For more information about these and other education solutions, visit K12.com.

About K12 Inc.
K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) is driving innovation and advancing the quality of education by delivering state-of-the-art, digital learning platforms and technology to students and school districts across the globe. With nearly a half-billion dollars invested in developing award winning curriculum, K12 serves over 2,000 schools and school districts and has delivered more than four million courses over the past decade. K12 is a company of educators with the nation’s largest network of K-12 online school teachers, providing instruction, academic services, and learning solutions to public schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs, and directly to families. 

©2016 K12 Inc. All rights reserved. K12 and Destinations Career Academy are trademarks of Fuel Education LLC or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Walker County Public Schools Turns Around Student Achievement with Personalized Learning from Fuel Education

The Anywhere Learning System tailors digital instruction and assessments to students’ individual strengths and weaknesses

February 08, 2016 —

HERNDON, Va., Feb.8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In 2011, Walker County Public Schools in Jasper, Alabama, had many obstacles standing in its way for both educators and students, including high percentages of students who qualified for free and reduced lunch, high dropout rates, and low graduation rates. Seeing this as an opportunity to better support students academically, Walker County Public Schools partnered with Fuel Education (FuelEd) to provide students with access to the Anywhere Learning System for a more personalized learning experience.

“For some of our students, this has been a life-changing experience,” said Connie Shubert, Director of Federal Programs at Walker County Public Schools. “Some of them would not have been able to finish high school, and now they have a diploma and a chance at employment and a better life.”

FuelEd’s Anywhere Learning System is digital learning courseware for students in grades 1-12 with pre-tests that provide customized learning paths based on those results for struggling students who need remediation, as well as for advanced learners who need accelerated coursework. Walker County Public Schools uses the Anywhere Learning System in a variety of online and blended models across the district, including with younger students in blended learning centers, for credit recovery and grade repair with older students, and to continue instruction if a teacher is out for the day. In addition, the system is central to the district’s alterative school program, its summer school program, and its two at-risk and credit-deficient programs known as the Hope Academy and the Twilight Knight School.

Mary Slaughter, coordinator of assessment and accountability and director of guidance and counseling for Walker County Public Schools, said, “One of the best things is the Anywhere Learning System program offers flexibility and gives students choices; they don’t all fit in the same box.”

Since it started using the Anywhere Learning System, the district’s graduation rate has risen from 73 percent to 87 percent and the dropout rate has dropped from 14 percent to 3 percent. The district has also seen significant improvement in student attendance, grades, and the number of students being promoted to the next grade.

“The Anywhere Learning System empowers students to take charge of their education,” said Gregg Levin, General Manager of Fuel Education. “The learn-at-your-own-pace style of instruction helps struggling students catch up or recover credits and also provides gifted students with more content on a topic of their choice. Walker County Public Schools’ multifaceted implementation of FuelEd’s system is helping students succeed.”

The Anywhere Learning System has more than 160 courses, 5,600 lessons, 200,000 content pages, and 130,000 test items that are Common Core- and state objective-aligned. The content is presented to students using sequenced direct-instruction aids such as study guides, quizzes, mastery tests, and essays. Its built-in assessment and reporting tools help track and analyze all aspects of individual and class performance in order to benchmark progress and refine curriculum plans.

For more information about how Walker County Public Schools used the Anywhere Learning System for increased student achievement, read the case study here.

AboutFuel Education
Fuel Education partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through 12thgrade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education offers the industry’s largest catalog of digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. FuelEd has helped 2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes and better serve diverse student populations. To learn more, visitgetfueled.comandTwitter.

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K12 Launches Foundation for Blended and Online Learning

By Joshua Bolkan

01/25/16

K12 has launched=
The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning, an independent charitable organization de=
signed to advance online and blended learning opportunities and outcomes.=

The foundation will have three goals:

To offer scholarships for post-secondary students;
To offer grants for individuals and organizations advancing online an=
d blended learning; and
Bringing together stakeholders for collaboration.

“Through multi-faceted giving program, The Foundation for Blended and =
Online Learning seeks to build out scholarship programs to include educat=
ional endowments for undergraduate juniors/seniors pursuing teaching degr=
ees, academic achievement tuition scholarships for online and blended stu=
dents, as well as technology stipends for materials,” according to a news=
release. “Additionally, the foundation’s grant program will be designed =
to provide financial support to teachers working in blended and virtual s=
chooling environments or using digital content.=C2=A0The Foundation will =
provide grants to educators for professional development, graduate course=
work completion, development and replication of best practices for teachi=
ng in virtual environments.”

The board of directors for the new foundation will include:

Kevin Chavous, as chairman, founding board member and executive couns=
el for the American F=
ederation for Children;
Robyn Bagley, founder and principal at Early College High School;
Kenneth Campbell, founding board member for the Black Alliance for Educational Options;=

Allison Cleveland, executive vice president of school management and =
services at K12;
Mary Gifford, senior vice president of academic policy and external r=
elations at K12;
Linda Lopez, former Arizona State Senator;
Rod Paige, former United States Secretary of Education; and
Caroline Vander Ark, COO of Getting Smart.

“Thanks to K12’s vision and financial generosity, we are excited to la=
unch the foundation,” said Chavous in a prepared statement. “Through our =
work we have an opportunity to shine a new light and illuminate blended a=
nd online learning advancements in education.”

About the Author

Joshua Bolkan is the multimedia editor for Campus Technology and THE J=
ournal. He can be reached at jbolkan@1105media.com.