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.

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

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.

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 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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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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Wisconsin Virtual Academy Celebrates Start of New School Year

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– Tuition-free online public charter school recognized for higher achievement; school to begin 13th year serving students statewide –

MCFARLAND, Wis., Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA), a tuition-free online public charter school, welcomes new and returning students for the 2015-2016 academic year, beginning September 1. WIVA accepts students statewide in grades K through 12 and takes an individualized approach to learning by combining online instruction and hands-on curriculum with the support of Wisconsin-licensed teachers and an active school community.

WIVA is the only school in Wisconsin offering the complete K12 curriculum, developed by K12 Inc., the nation's largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs.

In a recent K12 report, WIVA was credited for making achievement gains in Reading and Math and improving student outcomes over time.

In July 2015, WIVA welcomed Nicholaus Sutherland as the Head of School. Sutherland previously served as the K-12 Assistant Principal/Director of Special Programs at Washington Virtual Academies. He has a track record of implementing new programs that result in the closing of educational gaps and dramatic increases in student achievement.

“Effective use of assessment allows Wisconsin Virtual Academy teachers and staff know what students need in order to reach their full potential,” said Nicholaus Sutherland, Head of School at Wisconsin Virtual Academy. “Our goal is to continue to provide an individualized approach to education, focusing on our mission to provide students with the individual tools they need to succeed.”

This year, WIVA will launch a Family Academic Support Team (FAST) to bring a holistic approach to supporting each student's educational progress. FAST staff members and teachers will work together to meet the needs of the student and family, including helping students work through non-academic issues that may be affecting their performance in school.

WIVA provides courses in language arts/English, math, science, history and art, with world languages and music as electives for students in grades K-8. The high school program offers students more than 150 core, elective, Honors, and Advanced Placement® courses, including world languages. Students use web-based lessons and hands-on instructional materials that are shipped to their home.

Families interested in learning more about WIVA can find more information at http://wiva.k12.com.

About Wisconsin Virtual Academy Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA), an online public charter school authorized by the McFarland School District, is the largest full-time online public charter school serving students in grades K through 12 in the state. As part of the Wisconsin public school system, WIVA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the award-winning curriculum and tools provided by K12 Inc., the nation's largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about WIVA, visit http://wiva.k12.com.

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Wyoming Virtual Academy Welcomes Students for New School Year August 25th

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– Statewide online public school still accepting enrollments in grades K-12 for this fall –

LUSK, Wyo., Aug. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Wyoming Virtual Academy (WYVA), a tuition-free, online public school program, will open for the 2015-2016 school year on August 25. Through personalized instruction, an interactive curriculum and individual attention, WYVA helps students from across the state of Wyoming achieve academic success in ways that suit their learning style.

“Our challenging educational program pushes students to participate and work towards continuous academic progress,” says Nicole Tiley, head of school of Wyoming Virtual Academy. “We know that every student learns differently and our goal is to provide each student with an individual experience that helps them to succeed in school and beyond.”

Wyoming Virtual Academy is a program of the Niobrara County School District #1. The school uses the award-winning curriculum and tools provided by K12, a leading provider of online school programs that is accredited by CITA. The rigorous and engaging curriculum includes courses in language arts/English, math, science, history, world languages, art and music, as well as elective and Advanced Placement® courses for high school students. College or career minded students can choose from a broad range of profession-focused courses in order to gain a competitive edge for the future, or take college courses for both high school and college credit. In addition to the challenging and robust academic program, the school offers an active, supportive school community and a range of extracurricular activities.

WYVA is still accepting enrollments for this fall and is holding information sessions throughout the state to allow interested parents to learn more about the online school and to meet school staff. For details and a complete event listing visit the WYVA Events page. For more information on WYVA and how to submit an application for the 2015-16 school year go to http://wyva.k12.com/.

About Wyoming Virtual AcademyWyoming Virtual Academy is a full-time, online public school serving Wyoming students in grades K through 12. WYVA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the award-winning curriculum and tools provided by K12 Inc. LRN, -2.00% the nation's largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about WYVA, visit http://wyva.k12.com/.

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George Washington University Online High School Honors 2015 Graduates at In-person ceremony

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– Online college preparatory academy students garner over a million dollars in scholarships –

ASHBURN, Va., June 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – The George Washington University Online High School (GWUOHS), an online college preparatory school for students in grades 6-12, will recognize the Class of 2015 on Saturday, June 27, in the Marvin Center Grand Ballroom at the GWU Foggy Bottom Campus. This year, twenty-nine students will receive their high school diploma from GWUOHS.

The GWUOHS Class of 2015 earned a combined total of more than one million dollars in college scholarships. Graduates are expected to pursue higher education at institutions including Bryn Mawr, The George Washington University, Rutgers, University of California-Berkeley and New York University, among others. The commencement speaker for the ceremony on Saturday will be Dr. David Pelizzari, Vice President of Content and Curriculum at K12 Inc. and a founding board member at GWUOHS.

GWUOHS is an online college preparatory academy for motivated students who are willing to be challenged to become the best students and persons they can be. By combining the award-winning curriculum provided by K12 Inc. LRN, -1.75% with small class sizes and intensive college counseling, students receive a flexible, individualized education attuned to their own needs and goals.

“We are proud to send our 2015 graduates forth to contribute significantly, responsibly, and respectfully in a global society,” said Staci Kimmons, Head of School at The George Washington University Online High School. “Each graduate has completed not only the rigorous course requirements, but also a Capstone project. They are truly prepared to be citizens of the world.”

GWUOHS provides courses in language arts/English, math, science, history, world languages, art and music, as well as elective and Advanced Placement® courses, and the innovative Journeys Symposium, a seven year sequence of courses that promotes self-awareness, leadership, service, and personal success. Counselors work with each student to develop his or her own Individualized Academic Plan (IAP), with personalized learning strategies that take full advantage of the range of course offerings and reflect assessments of skills, aptitude, and future goals. Upon matriculation The George Washington University (GW) provides GWUOHS students with unique benefits, including a dedicated admissions director to assist GWUOHS students with the university admissions process.

GWUOHS is currently enrolling students for Fall 2015. More information on the school, the upcoming community events, and how to apply can be found online here: http://www.gwuohs.com/.

About The George Washington University Online High School The George Washington University Online High School (GWUOHS) is a full-time online private school accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. GWUOHS serves students in grades 6 through 12. GWUOHS gives parents and families the choice to access the award-winning curriculum and tools provided by K12 Inc. LRN, -1.75% the nation's largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about GWUOHS, visit http://www.gwuohs.com/.

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Ohio Virtual Academy Welcomes K-12 Students to Enroll for 2015-2016 School Year

– Tuition-free online public school offers families an alternative education option –

MAUMEE, Ohio, March 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA), an accredited, full-time, online public community school, welcomes families with students in grades K-12 to enroll for the 2015-2016 academic year. OHVA is open to all students who reside in . By combining online instruction, hands-on curriculum and the support of -licensed teachers, OHVA cultivates an individualized education for each student.

To help parents and children learn more about the program, now in its 13th year, OHVA hosts in-person information sessions around the state each month, online information sessions, and upcoming community events in Cincinnati, Mentor and Bowling Green. Interested families are encouraged to visit the school's website for details on these upcoming events, as well as more about OHVA and how to enroll.

“The structure and support provided by Ohio Virtual Academy is helping my son significantly improve his academic performance, as well as his self-confidence,” said Dina Gast, the parent of an 8th grader at OHVA.

Students who enroll in OHVA receive an individualized education experience, designed to let them discover their own learning style. OHVA gives advanced learners the ability to progress faster in subjects in which they excel, including opportunities for advancement in STEM education.

OHVA provides a rigorous and engaging curriculum, including courses in language arts/English, math, science, history, world languages, art and music, as well as elective and Advanced Placement® courses for high school students. College or career minded students can choose from a broad range of profession-focused courses in order to gain a competitive edge for the future, discover their path after high school or explore a possible college major.

“The OHVA community is a strong support system for families who are interested in getting more involved in their children's education,” said Dr. Kristin Stewart, Head of School at Ohio Virtual Academy. “Our teachers work closely with our parents, and in addition, organize opportunities for families to come together for social and academic enrichment at museums, science centers, libraries and activity based venues.”

More information on the school, the upcoming community events, and how to apply can be found online here: www.k12.com/ohva.

About Ohio Virtual Academy



Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA) is an accredited, full-time online public school serving students in grades K through 12. As part of the public school system, OHVA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the award-winning curriculum and tools provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation's largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about OHVA, visit www.k12.com/ohva.

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Fuel Education Releases Guide to Scaling Personalized Learning

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Fuel Education Releases Guide to Scaling Personalized Learning

White Paper Developed with Getting Smart Examines How Schools and Districts are Scaling Online and Blended Learning Programs

WASHINGTON and VIRGINIA, Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Personalized learning solutions provider, Fuel Education™, in association with education advocacy firm, Getting Smart®, today released a white paper exploring how schools and districts are not only implementing online and blended learning programs to address students' individual needs, but also successfully scaling the personalized learning experience delivered through those programs.

In February 2014,Getting Smart and Fuel Education (FuelEd™) released Fueling a Personalized Learning Revolution in Secondary Education, which highlighted how personalized and blended learning is improving access to high quality education opportunities for secondary students.

In this follow-up paper, How to Successfully Scale Personalized Learning: Six Key Lessons from Effective Programs, the focus shifts from individual students and courses to explore the question of scale. Getting Smart interviewed educators from a wide range of schools and districts and captured key lessons experienced by those educators in extending learning opportunities for all of their students.

The new paper features: a framework for scaling personalized learning; the six key lessons from educators who have successfully scaled their personalized learning programs; benefits being realized today by schools and districts who are scaling their programs; and recommendations for school leaders and educators who wish to scale.

Dr. Carri Schneider, Getting Smart's Director of Policy and Research one of the authors of the paper, said, “Many schools and districts are now recognizing the benefits of blended and online learning. But this is still new to many schools. Only a small percentage of these districts have started to scale their offerings. We wanted to learn from those programs. This paper reflects key lessons learned from programs that have successfully scaled their blended and online learning opportunities.”

The six key lessons identified by educators that are described in the paper are:

  1. Simplifying the teacher and student experience
  2. Customizing courses and content
  3. Partnering to extend access and boost outcomes
  4. Investing in your leaders and teachers
  5. Growing with a “stairstep” approach
  6. Rewarding and recognizing success

Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart, said, “Partnerships are important in helping districts scale personalized learning. Powerful partnerships, like those featured in this paper, allow educators to focus on what they do best which is providing excellent instruction. The benefits of scaled blended and online learning include vast array of course offerings, a simplified tech experience, and customize content. Partnerships help create personalized learning at scale.”

To download the full paper, visit Fuel Education's website. Or to attend a webinar hosted by Fuel Education and Getting Smart on scaling personalized learning, register here.

Getting Smart

As a mission-driven organization Getting Smart® is passionate about accelerating and amplifying innovations in teaching and learning that put students at the core. Getting Smart, an education advocacy firm, provides strategic, marketing, communications, content creation and professional learning services that turn ideas into impact. GettingSmart.com is a community of learners and contributors that cover important events, trends, products and publications across K-12, early, post-secondary education and lifelong learning opportunities.

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 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 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.

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Gene V. Glass, distinguished professor emeritus at Arizona State University, made a stunning discovery: the President of the State Board of Education is CEO of a charter school, which pays him and his family handsomely. The state of Arizona does not care about conflicts of interest, especially where charter schools are involved.


 


He writes:


 


A few years back, Arizonans saw the Chairperson of the State Charter School Board award a charter to a non-profit foundation (which was really K12 Inc., the online school provider), then be hired by the foundation to head the Arizona Virtual Academy, and then be hired by K12 Inc. as a vice-president for something-or-other. She continues to occupy the latter two posts.


 

Arizona simply doesn’t recognize things called conflicts of interest. I could list dozens concerning public education. A staff member the Board of Regents once told me that in Arizona if you declare your connections, then you can no longer be accused of having a conflict of interest. Perhaps this qualifies as some minimal level of ethical behavior.


 


A new flagrant conflict of interest has just become apparent to me. A man named Greg Miller is president of the Arizona State Board of Education. There is also a man named Greg Miller who is CEO of Challenge Charter School in Glendale, AZ, a suburb of Phoenix. Matching up photos of the Board president and the charter CEO leaves no doubt that these two individuals are one in the same Greg Miller. Mr. Miller, a civil engineer for 25 years, founded Challenge Charter School in the late 1990s and for a while served as principal. His current title is CEO. Mrs. Pam Miller, his wife, once served on a school board; the Challenge Charter Schools website lists no current duties for Mrs. Miller. But daughter Wendy Miller was appointed Principal of Challenge Charter School the same year in which she earned her MBA.


 


Glass posts the IRS form 990 for the charter school. Remember, the head of the Miller family is the president of the Arizona State Board of Education.


 


Greg Miller, the CEO of a school “system” with about 650 students, is being compensated to the tune of $145,000 annually. His wife receives the same salary, though her duties are never enumerated at the website and her position is only described as “Executive Director/Vice-PR,” whatever Vice-PR is. The Miller’s daughter Wendy, who has degrees in Public Administration and Business, receives a salary of more than $120,000 for acting as Principal/Secretary. Basically, the Miller family, while working assiduously 60 hours a week each as reported on their IRS form, is taking about $425,000 a year out of the coffers for salary.


 


Glass observes:


 


 


Crony capitalism, conflicts of interest, charter schools lining the pockets of amateur entrepreneurs, “quasi-private” schools being operated at public expense, an increasingly segregated state school system … it’s just education reform Arizona style.


 


 


[P.S. Please do not confuse this family with one of my favorite movies, “We Are the Millers,” which is hilarious, involves criminal activity, and does not involve conflicts of interest.]


 


 


 


 


 
















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