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

Castle Rock, CO (PRWEB) August 10, 2016

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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The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning Applauds the Selection of Board Member Dr. Rod Paige to the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame

Former U.S. Secretary of Education recognized as a champion of strong school options for America’s children

CASTLE ROCK, CO (PRWEB) June 14, 2016

Dr. Rod Paige, former U.S. Secretary of Education and a founding member of the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning’s Board of Directors, has been selected as a 2016 inductee to the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame. Established by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools in 2007, the Hall of Fame recognizes individuals and organizations for their commitment to the development and growth of innovative public charter schools. Dr. Paige joins fellow 2016 inductees Bill Kurtz and Kim Smith. They will be honored June 28th in Nashville at the 16th Annual National Charter Schools Conference.

Amy Valentine, Executive Director of the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning, said, “Dr. Paige has long championed greater access to different school options, including online, blended, and traditional charter schools. Induction into the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame is a testament to his relentless pursuit of educational equality and opportunity for America’s children. I am just as inspired as they are by Dr. Paige’s passionate advocacy for school choice and education reform on behalf of families around the country.”

Kevin P. Chavous, Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, said, “Rod has dedicated his life to the improvement of our nation’s schools, closing the persistent achievement gaps separating our students, and providing educational options to families regardless of their zip code. I am thrilled to see my friend and colleague celebrated for his tireless leadership by the national charter school community.”

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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Call for Proposals: The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning to Reward Education Innovators

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HERNDON, Va., May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning is now accepting applications for grant proposals to recognize and reward innovative educators in blended and online learning environments.

The Foundation’s Teacher Grant Program is looking for teachers and counselors demonstrating excellence with their use of digital tools and out-of-the-box teaching strategies, including but not limited to video, social media, games and other highly-engaging and effective learning strategies.

One-time grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded. All grants will be made payable to the school and may be used for technology, software, curriculum, classroom supplies and materials.

Launched in January, the mission of The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning is to empower students through personalized learning by advancing the availability and quality of blended and online learning opportunities and outcomes.

Eligibility

Applicants for the Teacher Grant Program must:

  • Be a teacher or guidance counselor, grades K-12, employed by an accredited, state-approved blended or online learning program in the United States.
  • Propose an innovative project that relates specifically to one or more of the following areas:
    • Special Education Support using technology as a catalyst for individual growth
    • English Language Acquisition/English Language Learning (ELA/ELL)
    • Remedial Math
    • Literacy/Reading Interventions

Applications can be submitted at: https://www.scholarsapply.org/fbol-teachergrant/

The deadline for applications is June 15, 2016.

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 www.blendedandonlinelearning.org 

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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.”

About the Author

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

 

K12 Launches Foundation for Blended and Online Learning

By Joshua Bolkan

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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.”

About the Author

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

K12 Inc. Announces Launch of The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning

K12 Inc. Announces Launch of The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning

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K12 creates an independent charitable educational organization to advance and improve online and blended learning
January 19, 2016: 09:30 AM ET

HERNDON, Va., Jan. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — K12 Inc., America’s leading provider of K-12 online school programs, today announced the creation of The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning – an independent charitable educational organization.

K12 Inc., a company of educators, is leading the transformation to individualized learning as the nation's foremost provider of technology-powered proprietary online solutions for students in pre-kindergarten through high school.

The mission of The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning is to empower students through personalized learning by advancing the availability and quality of blended and online learning opportunities and outcomes. 

The Foundation will be a completely independent organization with its own Board of Directors and staff.

“K12 is proud to launch The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning.  This independent organization will help to improve the national educational landscape for all children and educators,” said K12 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nate Davis, “We are proud to have recruited a dynamic Board of Directors who can utilize their experience to move our shared vision forward.”

The Board of Directors of the Foundation consists of prominent industry leaders and experts.

Kevin Chavous (Chairman)Founding Board Member and Executive Counsel for the American Federation for Children
Robyn BagleyFounder and Principal, Early College High School
Kenneth CampbellFounding Board Member for the Black Alliance for Educational Options
Allison ClevelandExecutive Vice President of School Management and Services, K12 Inc.
Mary GiffordSenior Vice President of Academic Policy and External Relations, K12 Inc.
Linda Lopezformer Arizona State Senator 
Dr. Rod Paigeformer U.S. Secretary of Education
Caroline Vander ArkCOO of Getting Smart

The Foundation will strive to achieve three main goals: to provide post-secondary scholarships to students, to institute a grant program for individuals and organizations making progress in teaching in digital and blended learning, and to bring together key stakeholders on educational advancement through intentional collaboration.

“K12 puts students first and maximizes their potential through the use of innovative, next generation technology.  I can’t think of a better way to give back than to support those that help advance the field of digital and blended learning. We invite others to join us in sponsoring The Foundation to help foster student, teacher, and academic advancements in the world of blended and online education,” said Davis.

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.  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.

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

For more information or how to become involved with The Foundation for Blended Learning, visit http://ift.tt/1OwvZAI

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. For more on K12 Inc., visit www.K12.com

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(From left to right) Blount Partnership President and CEO Bryan Daniels, Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell, Alcoa Mayor Don Mull and other public officials listen to K12 President Timothy L Murray as he makes the announcement at the Blount County Chamber in Maryville of his company’s opening in Blount County.

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A K12 Inc. education might look different, but it’s not that different from “brick and mortar schools,” according to one of the company’s teachers.

“We’re a fully online school,” said Summer Shelton, a middle school science teacher at Tennessee Virtual Academy. “We’re state-certified teachers. We teach standards that hit SPIs (State Performance Indicators). We have access to K12’s curricula, which is similar to Eagleton Elementary’s teachers having access to McGraw-Hill.”

Shelton, who has been teaching for about 10 years, started teaching at Eagleton Elementary School. She served as an interim teacher from January 2003 to May 2003.

Shelton later taught two years in the Czech Republic. She taught at a British private school.

“K12 offers a world-class curriculum,” she said. “It rivals the British national curriculum I used overseas. It’s deep, dynamic and rich. Tennessee’s curricula is linear whereas the British national curriculum spirals. They might cover something three times throughout the year. They pick something up then move on to something else. They’ll later teach the content more in-depth, put it down and pick it back up. I’ve found it (spiraling) to be incredibly successful, because children sometimes need the big picture before they can fully understand something.”

The company’s curricula spirals, as well, Shelton said. “Students can go back and watch videos whenever they want.”

In addition to the curricula, students are able to move at an “appropriate pace,” she said. However, online learning is geared for certain students.

“Most families have never thought whether their children are good matches for a school,” Shelton said. “They’ve always sent their children to their zoned school. Our ideal student is someone who has a adult who can be there full time with them. Some families hire someone to oversee, and others have a family member who works with them. It’s not going to be feasible for some families.”

Students should be committed and disciplined, she said. “We move students toward the mastery setting. They’re not going to move forward until they’ve mastered content. That’s a lot different than what they’re used to doing.”

Pupils should also be punctional, Shelton said. “They must put in 6½-hour days. They also don’t get snow days, which some students didn’t like this year as some of their age peers got to play in the snow.”

Expectations same for educators

“As educators, our expectation are pretty much the same,” she said. “We seek to individualize each child’s education as much as possible.”

Educators check their email, document student attendance and start class, Shelton said. They teach almost all day.

Advanced students might finish their fourth-grade math curriculum by March and start their fifth-grade math curriculum, she said. “It’s more difficult to do that in a brick and mortar school.”

Shelton has experienced success with other schoolchildren, including a student who is autistic. The boy has exhibited increased grades and increased self-esteem while in her class.

“His parents have told me that their neighbors have noticed a difference,” Shelton said. “They think that it’s due to the fact that they’ve eliminated school stresses from his life. Our school isn’t certainly targeted at special needs students, but we’ve seen successes, such as that one.”

Open family support center in June

K12, which was founded in 2000 and headquartered in Herndon, Va., provides technology-based academic services and curricula to school districts, schools, educators and students across the nation. The company’s accredited programs are used by more than 2,000 public school districts and tens of thousands of students globally, servicing blended and online schools that provide students with highly individualized learning programs through a combination of online courses and teacher-led instruction.

In March, K12 announced it would locate its Family Support Campus at Tyson Centre Building next to McGhee Tyson Airport in Alcoa. It plans to initially hire 300 employees at the new campus and make a capital investment of more than $2.4 million within years.

Currently, K12 employs 140 educators throughout the state.

The Family Support Campus, which is expected to start operations in June, will serve families who are exploring new educational options and programs for their children. Employees will answer questions about the company’s academic programs, build relationships, offer demonstrations and provide assistance to families who choose to enroll.

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K12 Inc. Honors Six School Districts for Innovative Use of Online Learning

Digital Learning Company Announces 2013 Transformation Award Winners

HERNDON, Va., Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –K12 Inc. LRN +0.11% , the nation’s leading provider of proprietary curricula and online education programs for students in pre-kindergarten through high school, today honored six school districts that have transformed education for their students through innovative online programs. The winners of the K12® 2013 Transformation Award were each selected for a transformative practice that resulted in improving the overall effectiveness, efficiency, and success of online learning, ultimately leading to improved student outcomes.

“These school districts are proving every day that through blended and online learning they can successfully address the individual needs of more of their students,” said Gregg Levin, senior vice president of K12’s school and district partnerships. “We are very proud to partner with each of these districts, working together to provide solutions to help their students achieve their academic goals.”

The winners will be honored this week at the Blended and Online Learning Symposium, a conference hosted by the International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), in Orlando, Florida. The following are 2013 Transformation Award recipients:

Bend-La Pine School District (Oregon) – Award Winner for Taking a Comprehensive, Open Approach to Serving Students across the District, Effectively Providing a School of One to Meet Students’ Individual Needs

When Bend-La Pine School District launched its online charter high school nine years ago, its initial goal was to provide supplemental online courses for struggling students and advanced learners. In response to community support and demand for more online options, Bend decided to aggressively expand its online programs in 2012, with the goal of using online options to meet the needs of each student in the district – essentially offering a school of one. Today, using a variety of K12 solutions, the district serves students from pre-K through 12th grade through full-time and part-time online programs, as well as credit recovery and supplemental programs, in a variety of learning environments. Students enjoy a broad range of curriculum options, scheduling flexibility, and teacher support designed to meet each individual’s needs. District policies allow for learning to be customized for each student, including matching the pace of the course to the student’s level of understanding – and Bend uses online learning to individualize the pace of instruction across a wide range of courses. Further, Bend implemented a policy that keeps enrollment open all year, removing yet another barrier to truly meeting their students’ needs. Today, Bend-La Pine serves more than 2,000 students annually through its online programs.

Lacey Township School District (New Jersey) – Award Winner for Leading Online Learning Initiatives in its State and Leveraging Online Learning Programs to Continue Learning in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Though New Jersey has no state-led online learning program, last year Lacey Township School District became one of the few districts in the state to launch an online learning program, the Lacey Online Learning Academy (LOLA). LOLA began with the idea to use K12’s credit recovery and homebound education solutions help keep students on track for graduation and to serve their hospital/homebound students. The school first engaged a task force of key stakeholders including teachers, parents and students to gain feedback and buy-in for their plan. Before school began, LOLA facilitated three information sessions to educate parents and students about online education. Each of these sessions, held in the evening at the local high school, resulted in a packed auditorium of stakeholders who greeted the idea of online learning with enthusiasm. In the first year, 160 students enrolled in at least one online course. Sadly, however, tragedy struck when Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey a short time thereafter. Most of the district was without power for at least 15 to 20 days, and the school was closed for a week. During this time, students without power or Internet access at home went to LOLA or a local library to continue their online schooling. Despite the challenges created by Hurricane Sandy, more than 70% of students taking online courses for the first time received passing grades, and many recovered critical credits needed to graduate.

Manor Independent School District (Texas) – Award Winner for Dramatically Decreasing the Drop-out Rate in a 100% At-risk Student Body

With a 100% at-risk student body, Manor ISD set out to work with its most challenging students to prepare them academically, emotionally, and socially for life after high school. The alternative for its students – many of whom were teen parents and students with truancy, drug, and gang violence issues – would be a life of poverty or prison. Through the Manor Excel Academy, a self-paced, technology-driven instructional program designed to accelerate completion of the coursework requirements for graduation, the district created individual education plans for each student using the blended learning model at their alternative education campuses. Staffed with passionate educators, the district used K12’s online prescriptive learning and remediation program and an aggressive approach that sets high behavior and achievement requirements in order to participate. The Manor Excel Academy has seen outstanding results: the dropout rate decreased from 19.5% to 7.5% in one year; there were more Academy graduates in two years than the previous 10 years combined; and the district established multiple new community partnerships, including with nearby Austin Community College, which elected to grant each Academy graduate an acceptance letter.

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (Louisiana) – Award Winner for Enabling Further Development in the Arts, while Ensuring Individual Academic Process in a School that Sends 95% of its Students to College

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) provides the opportunity for high school fine arts students to pursue pre-professional arts training in 11 different disciplines. Students complete an academic curriculum in the morning and arts training in the afternoon. The school accepts students based on an audition, not past academic achievement. The school is committed to supporting each student, regardless of their academic strengths or weaknesses. For this, NOCCA uses K12’s prescriptive learning and remediation program in which teachers are able to use diagnostic tests and targeted lessons to work with students in small groups to address specific skills and objectives. NOCCA also emphasizes the connection between world languages and the arts through the use of Middlebury Interactive Languages(TM) curriculum in a blended learning environment, offering students courses in five languages at four levels each, something the school could not do on its own. Students are able to choose languages that interest them and that connect with their disciplines. For example, some vocal music students study German and Spanish to help with their arias, while some media arts students, with an interest in French Noir film, study French. This year, NOCCA is integrating individual online courses into its curriculum by piloting an online health class. Lastly, NOCCA achieves amazing results. Each year, a remarkable 95-98% of their graduates go on to college and conservatory programs across the country.

Savannah Chatham County Public Schools (Georgia) – Award Winner for Extending the Learning Day to Keep Students on the Path to Graduation

Savannah Chatham County Public Schools saw a need to help students who had either dropped out of school or required numerous credits to graduate. They used Race to the Top Funds and the K12 prescriptive learning and remediation solution to establish the Twilight Program, a blended afterschool program that helps students gain credit for courses they had failed or take additional courses they needed to graduate. The first year, there were 108 students in the program, and they earned a total of 154 credits. Before the second year, the district decided to expand the program to all high school students who either wanted to take courses they had failed or those who wanted to take advanced courses. That year, they had over 800 students enrolled in the program, and they earned over 1,600 credits. The 2012-13 school year was the third year for the program, and it continued to grow. Savannah Chatham had 1,500 students enrolled, and they earned over 1,800 credits. Today, other nearby district schools run their own after school programs, modeled after the Twilight Program established by Savannah Chatham County Public School District.

West Aurora School District 129 (Illinois) – Award Winner for Giving Middle School Students a Head Start with World Language Learning and Better Preparing them for AP® Level Language Courses

West Aurora School District 129 recognizes that in a global economy, students need exposure to other languages and cultures in order to be successful in college and their careers. The district decided to create a program for its gifted middle school students using high school level world language courses by Middlebury Interactive Languages (MIL). Students choose the language they are most interested in learning, and online teachers from MIL provide students the feedback they need without the district having to disrupt its staffing plans. Students enjoy learning languages in this format and often practice at home in the evening. West Aurora’s results are outstanding. The first year of the program, 85% of the middle school world language students earned a B grade or higher, and for the first time, the district has middle schoolers who are ready for AP level language instruction as high school freshmen. There is such a demand for the world language program from the West Aurora community that the district has expanded online language experiences to its elementary and high school students.

K12 partners with schools and districts to personalize and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom by leveraging the power of technology-enabled learning. Through flexible, personalized pre-K to 12th grade online learning solutions, the company helps school districts retain and serve more students, improve student outcomes, and affordably provide high quality education. Its comprehensive approach to online learning is based on K12’s experience with more than 2,000 school districts in all 50 states and D.C. K12 provides everything necessary to implement and grow successful programs, from the industry’s largest catalog of flexible digital curriculum, to professional services including certified instructors, and open, easy-to-use technology that simplifies administration and course customization. For more information, visit educators.K12.com.

About K12 Inc. K12 Inc. LRN +0.11% is leading the transformation to individualized learning as the nation’s foremost provider of technology-powered proprietary online solutions for students in pre-kindergarten through high school. K12 has worked with over 2,000 school districts and has delivered more than four million courses over the past decade. K12 provides curricula, academic services, and learning solutions to public schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs, and families. K12’s curriculum is rooted in decades of research combined with 21st-century technology by cognitive scientists, interactive designers and teachers. K12’s portfolio of more than 500 unique courses and titles–the most extensive in the technology-based education industry–covers every core subject and four academic levels for high school including Honors and AP. K12 offers credit recovery courses, career-building electives, remediation support, six world languages, and a deep STEM offering. The K12 Program is offered through K12 partner public schools in more than two-thirds of the states and the District of Columbia, and through private schools serving students in all 50 states and 85 countries. More information can be found at K12.com.

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