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.

Contacts

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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In-Depth Analysis of Blended and Online Learning Programs Identify Key Characteristics for Success

Evergreen Education Group details academic outcomes of nine different programs using Fuel Education™

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HERNDON, Va., May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Over the past year, digital learning policy research and advisory firm Evergreen Education Group conducted in-depth analyses of nine schools that use online curriculum and platforms from Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™) as the instructional foundation of their programs. After observing and interviewing groups of students, faculty, staff, and school leadership at each of the nine schools, Evergreen Education Group identified certain key characteristics make blended and online learning programs successful, including student relationships, online curriculum as the primary source of instruction, and a variety of instructional support.

As a result, the Evergreen Education Group, in cooperation with FuelEd, has published an executive summary and nine full case studies titled, “Outcomes of Blended and Online Learning Programs in Schools Using Fuel Education Curriculum.” The purpose of the report is to further the understanding and potential benefits of blended and online learning programs among schools demonstrating strong academic results, and to highlight the commonalities in instructional models, practices, measurements of success, and outcomes. To download the executive summary and the case studies, visit: getfueled.com/OnlineBlendedOutcomes.

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Evergreen Education Group Report on Nine Successful Online and Blended Programs

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Of the nine online or blended learning programs, five were whole school programs and four were credit recovery and remedial programs. While all differed in size, demographics, community types, location, and status of program development, the research team found important similarities. Each program reported improved student outcomes despite serving a broad spectrum of students–from failing and struggling students to mainstream and advanced students seeking a personalized educational experience. In addition, the programs used different measures of success, such as scores on year-end tests, graduation rates, and college attendance rates.

Teachers, administrators, and students attributed the success of their programs to several factors:

  • Better relationships with students—All schools felt establishing deep and meaningful teacher-student relationships was an essential component to success and thus made it a priority. When teachers had a better understanding of both a student’s academic capability and his or her personal and family situations, they were better able to tailor their teaching and counseling activities to fit that student’s individual needs. Students agreed and felt that their teachers genuinely cared about them and would help them succeed.
  • Online curriculum as primary source of instruction—Using the FuelEd curriculum allowed teachers to work more directly with students in both one-on-one and small group formats. Many students felt they received more personal attention from teachers in these programs than in traditional schools. Schools cited one of the benefits of the FuelEd curriculum was its comprehensive catalog of content for kindergarten through 12th grade, including core courses, electives, advanced courses, credit recovery, and remediation. Teachers from all schools reported that the online courses were appropriately rigorous and provided a highly engaging learning experience for students. Students worked on these courses at their own pace, and most reported this flexibility as one of the major reasons for their success.
  • In-person and virtual instructional support—Most students interacted with their teachers frequently each day, whether the interaction was in-person or virtual.  Many students reported that they received more personal attention from their teachers in these programs than in a traditional school setting.

In the report, the Evergreen Education Group noted, “Overall, the research team was struck by the upbeat, positive attitudes of students, teachers, and staff, and by the different but impressive results within each program. The most noted keys to success were the strong relationships between individual teachers and individual students supported by the comprehensive and flexible online curriculum provided by FuelEd.”

“These nine programs are excellent examples of how schools are successfully using blended and online learning to meet the unique needs of their students and to improve academic outcomes,” said Gregg Levin, General Manager of Fuel Education. “We are pleased to team with Evergreen Education Group to document these different implementation approaches and best practices to share with other schools and districts looking for innovative ways to better engage students, empower their teachers, and boost achievement.”

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 blended and online 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 one of the industry’s largest catalogs 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, visit getfueled.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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K-12 Dealmaking: Ariz. State Launches Ed Tech Partnership; K12 Inc. Acquires LTS Education Systems

In recent dealmaking news, K12 Inc. purchased a publisher of digital game-based learning technology while Arizona State University partnered with investors to get new ed tech to the market faster.

K12 Inc. Buys LTS Education Systems: The online education provider recently acquired ed-tech company LTS Education Systems for $20 million, according to a transcript of the company’s third quarter earnings call last week.

CEO Stuart Udell said K12 has been looking to make multiple strategic acquisitions and partnerships that expand the company’s distribution, enhance its product set and improves K12’s technology platform, and that LTS fits these requirements, according to the call transcript from Seeking Alpha.

Udell called LTS a “proven educational technology company that provides flexible learning solutions at 1,500 school and afterschool sites” with a core product, Stride Academy, an SaaS offering that “blends instruction, assessments and games into a mobile field practice and test readiness solution.”

“It is adaptive, it’s gamified, it’s engaging and it’s mobile, all of which we know works and it’s where we’re heading as an organization,” Udell said about the product.

LTS’s customer base has very minimal state or client overlap with K12’s current FuelEd customer base, Udell noted. “Therefore, we will be able to take advantage of cross-sell opportunities with FuelEd solution set,” he said, referring to Fuel Education, a personalized learning solutions provider which operates as a separate legal entity owned by K12. Click here to read more about the 2014 rebranding.

Udel added that “while LTS is an already profitable company with $8 million in revenues at the onset, we believe the growth prospects for Stride Academy and the cross-sell potential for FuelEd’s product set will make this acquisition a strong growth driver for K12 in the future.”

Fuel Education and LTS last week announced an exclusive partnership that will aim to enable FuelEd to deliver schools and districts supplemental options for skills practice, assessment, and test readiness across all core subjects, according to a press statement.

ASU Launches Ed Tech Partnership: Arizona State University has launched an initiative with venture capital firm Draper Associates and GSV, a consortium of education-technology investors, to help get education technology to the market faster, according to a statement from the university.

The initiative — the ASU Draper GSV Accelerator — will source, fund, pilot and credential new products created by higher-education technology companies and allowing new ventures to be tested by students and faculty.

Applications to join the program will be available on EdTechAccel.com on May 1.

Other higher education institutions have become involved in trying to shape the ed tech market, and ease the path for companies that have difficulty finding educators willing to test their products.

The Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, for instance, is advising the Jefferson Education Accelerator, a commercial project that gives ed-tech companies that ability to have their products tested in K-12 systems and colleges.

Pearson to Sell GlobalEnglish Corp.: Education and publishing company Pearson is planning to sell GlobalEnglish Corp., a cloud-based software to teach English to business users, according to Sky News. Pearson purchased the company in 2012 for $90 million in cash.

Spin Master Acquires Toca Boca and Sago Mini: Canadian children’s entertainment company Spin Master Corp. has agreed to acquire digital toy company Toca Boca and Sago Mini, a creator of mobile apps for children ages 2-5 from the Bonnier Group of Sweden. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Be sure to check back on Marketplace K-12 for updates on mergers, acquisitions, fundraising, and other dealmaking. Also see EdWeek Market Brief, a service that gives companies operating in the market insights on the needs and priorities of school officials.

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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Fuel Education’s PEAK™ Named a Finalist in 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards

The SIIA CODiE Awards have been recognizing product excellence for 30 years. PEAK was named as one of the 160 finalists across 29 education technology categories. This year’s Education winners will be announced during a special live web announcement on May 18, 2016. The top honor of best overall educational product will be presented at Education Industry Symposium on July 26.

PEAK is FuelEd’s open technology platform that features personalized dashboards with a unified view of each user’s online program metrics, single click access to teacher and learner tools, and an interactive display of student progress and performance. Students can access and view all of their classes, as well as check their progress, their current grade average, recent assignments, and communicate with their teachers. When logging in as a teacher, administrator or mentor, the dashboard shows a snapshot of the entire school’s or district’s online program or courses. Users can see which students need attention, determine how many are on target and keep track of how they are performing. The platform also highlights data trends by class, student, or groups of students, thus allowing teachers and administrators to make data-driven decisions to benefit each individual student.   

Further, PEAK Library, the platform’s course customization tool, empowers teachers to differentiate instruction and improve student outcomes. FuelEd has integrated highly recognized and respected education content providers such as Khan Academy® and YouTube® Education into the PEAK Library. Teachers can use content from these third-party providers, FuelEd™ content, or teacher-authored content to quickly develop or customize assessments, lessons, or courses through a single, easy-to-use interface. In addition, PEAK enables teachers to conduct graded activities and to track student progress and engagement with the customized content, regardless of the source of the content.

“Every year the list of CODIE finalists is a case study of how the ed tech industry is using new technologies in combination with knowledge about how people learn to respond to customer needs. They’re opening doors for learners of all ages,” said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of ETIN.

PEAK received the eSchool News 2014–2015 Readers’ Choice Award—an honor given to 50 of the best programs and services in educational technology as chosen by the publication’s readers each year.

To learn more about the 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards, visit www.siia.net/codie/About-the-Awards. To learn more about PEAK, visit getfueled.com/peak.

About SIIA

SIIA is an umbrella association representing 800+ technology, data and media companies globally. Industry leaders work through SIIA’s divisions to address issues and challenges that impact their industry segments with the goal of driving innovation and growth for the industry and each member company.  This is accomplished through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations. For more information, visit siia.net.

About ETIN

ETIN (the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA) is the leading voice for 200+ companies that provide software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PK-20 sector. ETIN drives growth and innovation within the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, government relations and critical ed tech market information. For more information, visit siia.net/etin.

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 more than 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, 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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Schools: Officials urge caution as students sign up for online classes

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

Students at Waccamaw High have started signing up for online classes less than a week after the virtual curriculum was approved by the Georgetown County Board of Education. But although there is interest in the expanded list of AP and technology classes, school officials said students and parents need to be cautious.

“You have to decide, subject by subject, does it meet your child’s needs,” WHS principal David Hammel said at an orientation program this week.

The district adopted an online curriculum from Fuel Education, a national firm, based on a recommendation from the principals of its four high schools. It includes core classes in English, math, science and social studies along with electives in the so-called STEM subjects. Those electives mesh with traditional classes that the district will introduce next year in middle and high schools for science, technology, engineering and math.

The online curriculum includes 15 Advanced Placement classes and classes in German, Latin, Japanese and Mandarin. “It’s another way we can diversify learning opportunities for our students,” Hammel said.

“It sounds pretty cool,” said Sage Blaylock, a junior, who was among the group of about 60 students and parents at the orientation. She had already signed up for classes for her senior year, but expected to change her schedule to include at least one online class. AP environmental science was one that appealed to her.

Another reason principals support the concept is that many colleges require undergraduates to take a least one online class. Katie Ball, another junior at the meeting, said that was why she was interested. “It’s something to consider,” she said, with an eye on the legal studies elective.

Hammel said students will be limited to two online classes. And in response to a parent’s question said students who register for online classes won’t be able to transfer to a traditional class if they don’t like it or are struggling. “We would not want them to hop back and forth,” he said.

Alyssa Graham, a guidance counselor, said several students have already registered and she has fielded questions about the online classes. AP is a particular focus.

“It’s going to be a learning experience,” said Sharon Bray, a science teacher. “You have to be very self-motivated.”

Hammel admitted he would not have been a candidate for online classes when he was in school, a statement confirmed later by his mother, Patti Hammel, the district’s director of student performance. David Hammel said he didn’t have the ability to focus.

Although the classes are available 24/7, students will take them in the school’s computer lab. Depending on the subject, they will be supervised by certified Waccamaw teachers or a facilitator, with the teachers available online from Fuel Education. Students can work at home and the classes are accessible by smartphone. That aspect of online classes provides an opportunity for homebound students. For those who need remedial work, the classes will be available before and after school, Hammel said.

The core classes will follow national curricula, and he cautioned that could provide problems in subjects where South Carolina requires an end-of-course exam. That’s used to measure school performance and counts as 20 percent of the grade. It’s possible online courses may not cover all the material on the state test.

“My recommendation to all students would be to pick an area of strength” to tryout the online classes, Hammel said.

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K12 Inc. Ramps Up Focus on Virtual Career-Tech Education

K12 Inc., the major for-profit provider of online education, is making a big expansion where it says there is strong demand from schools–and employers: career-and-technical studies.

The Herndon, Va.-based company has announced it is launching the Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin, expected to enroll high school students beginning this fall.

Additionally, the company says it will open two more online schools with a career-and-technical focus in other parts of the country soon. And more growth in career-themed education is likely to come in the years ahead, said Lynda Cloud, K12’s executive vice president for products and technology.

“We really needed to do this because our economy needs it, our businesses need it, and our kids need it,” Cloud said in an interview. Interest from students so far, she said, has been “overwhelming.”

K12 says it is offering career-oriented courses in four “clusters”: architecture and construction; business management and administration; health science; and information technology.

Teachers licensed by the state of Wisconsin will lead the courses, and students who graduate will receive a high school diploma.

The school has also partnered with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139, a Wisconsin trade union that mostly represents heavy equipment operators working in the construction industry, and Fox Valley Technical College.

“This revolutionary new school helps meet our state’s critical workforce needs,” Terry McGowan, the president of the operating engineers, said in a statement. The Wisconsin school, he predicted, will give students the preparation they need “to access the many available technical and high-paying jobs that help our state grow.”

K12 worked with the union and the college to develop an academic pathway in construction. The “pre-apprenticeship” program will be directed by the operating engineers, and it will seek to give students hands-on experience to joining jobs in that field.

Fox Valley Technical College will provide students with opportunities to take dual-credit, tech-prep courses that combine computer-based and in-person teaching.

In addition to launching the new school, K12 offers an extensive number of individual courses focused on career-and-technical education separately through Fuel Education, a division of the company that provides courses and curriculum.

K12 has drawn sharp criticism over the years from those who question the quality of its programs, and accuse it pushing too hard for profit, mostly by aggressively recruiting students who may not be well-suited to online studies to enroll. The company has said its online programs help students who have struggled academically or socially in traditional brick-and-mortar settings, and that the virtual approach gives students and families the flexibility and customized lessons they need.

One of the central arguments that critics make of online education, including K12’s programs, is that the online experience cannot match the traditional teacher-to-student interactions found in many classrooms. It’s difficult to keep those students on-track, detractors say, and too few online programs put forth the effort.

Cloud says that there will be requirements in its Wisconsin program for students to have training with local program partners on job sites, and in person with professionals, with the amount of those requirements varying by the course.

K12’s approach is not “one-size-fits all,” she said. Nurses-in-training, for instance, would have extensive practice working directly with patients. Other practical, job-site experience will be tailored to industry demands, Cloud said.

The Destinations Career Academy will operate as charter school that is authorized by the McFarland School District, which is located in the Madison, Wisconsin area.

Correction: This post originally misstated the membership of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139, which represents primarily heavy-equipment operators in the construction trades.


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K12 Inc. Ramps Up Focus on Virtual Career-Tech Education

K12 Inc., the major for-profit provider of online education, is making a big expansion where it says there is strong demand from schools–and employers: career-and-technical studies.

The Herndon, Va.-based company has announced it is launching the Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin, expected to enroll high school students beginning this fall.

Additionally, the company says it will open two more online schools with a career-and-technical focus in other parts of the country soon. And more growth in career-themed education is likely to come in the years ahead, said Lynda Cloud, K12’s executive vice president for products and technology.

“We really needed to do this because our economy needs it, our businesses need it, and our kids need it,” Cloud said in an interview. Interest from students so far, she said, has been “overwhelming.”

K12 says it is offering career-oriented courses in four “clusters”: architecture and construction; business management and administration; health science; and information technology.

Teachers licensed by the state of Wisconsin will lead the courses, and students who graduate will receive a high school diploma.

The school has also partnered with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139, a Wisconsin trade union of pipefitters and construction workers, and Fox Valley Technical College.

“This revolutionary new school helps meet our state’s critical workforce needs,” Terry McGowan, the president of the operating engineers, said in a statement. The Wisconsin school, he predicted, will give students the preparation they need “to access the many available technical and high-paying jobs that help our state grow.”

K12 worked with the union and the college to develop an academic pathway in construction. The “pre-apprenticeship” program will be directed by the operating engineers, and it will seek to give students hands-on experience to joining jobs in that field.

Fox Valley Technical College will provide students with opportunities to take dual-credit, tech-prep courses that combine computer-based and in-person teaching.

In addition to launching the new school, K12 offers an extensive number of individual courses focused on career-and-technical education separately through Fuel Education, a division of the company that provides courses and curriculum.

K12 has drawn sharp criticism over the years from those who question the quality of its programs, and accuse it pushing too hard for profit, mostly by aggressively recruiting students who may not be well-suited to online studies to enroll. The company has said its online programs help students who have struggled academically or socially in traditional brick-and-mortar settings, and that the virtual approach gives students and families the flexibility and customized lessons they need.

One of the central arguments that critics make of online education, including K12’s programs, is that the online experience cannot match the traditional teacher-to-student interactions found in many classrooms. It’s difficult to keep those students on-track, detractors say, and too few online programs put forth the effort.

Cloud says that there will be requirements in its Wisconsin program for students to have training with local program partners on job sites, and in person with professionals, with the amount of those requirements varying by the course.

K12’s approach is not “one-size-fits all,” she said. Nurses-in-training, for instance, would have extensive practice working directly with patients. Other practical, job-site experience will be tailored to industry demands, Cloud said.

The Destinations Career Academy will operate as charter school that is authorized by the McFarland School District, which is located in the Madison, Wisconsin area.


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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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