Webinar: Launching A District Virtual School: Featuring Tips for Success from Florida Virtual School
Here are some of the main tips.
- Collect data and evaluate program
- Hire Good Teachers (e.g. they have evaluation in place to survey potential applicants if they are student learning centered and are team players before they grant interviews)
- Communication (e.g. they have policy to have all teachers make personal call to students at the beginning of each semester and also a requirement for all their teachers to call students to check in on them monthly via phone)
- Develop policies to provide student success (e.g. 1:1 attention, ability to resubmit assignments, provide teachers with flexible scheduling, self-pacing coursework)
- Develop quality online challenging and engaging content to equip students w/ 21st century skills (e.g. in survey of their HS students, they found that they wanted their instructors to integrate Web 2.0 strategies within curriculum)
- Invest in Teachers – provide professional development to online staff (e.g. they provide 5 day f-2-f on boarding training for all new staff and teachers participate on average 50 hours of PD)
“In 10 years, computer-based, student-centric learning will account for 50 percent of the ‘seat miles’ in U.S. secondary schools.”
“About 80 percent of courses taken in 2024 will have been taught online in a student-centric way.”
If you don’t have time to view the entire presentation, I recommend that you listen to the Q&A section towards a big chunk of the ending part. Pretty relevant to many common online program FAQs she answered directly with her expertise.