January 26th, 2012

Statewide Virtual Learning Launched in Iowa Public Schools

THE Journal  ran this story yesterday on a new education initiative in the Iowa public schools. The story, Virtual Academy To Launch In Iowa, is by Mike Hohenbrink.  Here’s an excerpt:

The Clayton Ridge Community School District, based in Guttenberg, IA, will team with curriculum and online education provider K12 to launch a statewide virtual academy in the fall.

The Iowa Virtual Academy (IAVA) will serve students in grades K-6 beginning with the 2012/2013 school year and then is planned to expand to serve middle school and high school students in the coming years.

Applications for enrollment are currently being accepted during Iowa’s open enrollment period, which ends March 1, 2012.

K12, which currently provides online educational services in more than 2,000 districts across the country, will provide curriculum, technology, and support services as part of the agreement with the district.

Individualized learning programs will be provided for students enrolling in the academy with instruction provided by teachers certified under Iowa’s Department of Education. The virtual academy will be geared toward students with special needs, advanced learners who might not be adequately challenged, and other learners who have not performed well in traditional classroom settings.

Instruction will consist of real-time classes online as well as one-on-one sessions and be designed to take advantage of the greater flexibility and personalization possible in a virtual setting.

In addition to their time with teachers, students will also interact daily with parents or guardians who will serve as learning coaches, and a variety of events outside the classroom will be offered including field trips and extra-curricular activities.

The complete article is here.

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