Summer school offers students the opportunity to recover credits or get back on track, while others use this time to take advanced courses or pursue a second foreign language or other electives. But figuring out how to staff and pay for your program while giving students the flexibility to take courses from home can be difficult. Jeffrey Rothenberger, Program Administrator for the Montgomery Virtual Program in Pennsylvania, shares how the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit offers summer school options for students across the state.
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Flexibility is important to modern students and families, and establishing a virtual school can help you provide quality curriculum while giving students a less rigid learning environment. But figuring out how to start one can be intimidating. When built using the right curriculum, virtual schools can help districts recapture lost students from competing charter schools, other virtual programs, or even home schooling. Jarret Coutee, Program Administrator at Lafayette Online Academy in Louisiana, shares how the district expanded from a blended learning program into a full-fledged virtual program that better serves all students.
True intervention is about finding a way for students to catch up, keep up, or even get ahead, and it can take many forms. Here, Dr. Travis Woulfe, Executive Director of Improvement and Innovation, shares his success with Camp Journey, a voluntary summer school program for struggling middle school students in Rockford Public Schools in Illinois. This summer school program turned summer camp has seen great success with personalized intervention as they incorporate technology, the arts, and guest speakers to provide students with a rich learning experience, and eliminate the summer slump.
As testing season ends and the close of the school year approaches, it can be easy to forget to show teachers appreciation and gratitude for everything they do. That’s why May is Teacher Appreciation Month! Throughout the month, students, parents, schools, and districts across the country will be working hard to show teachers just how appreciated and important they are.
There are many different ways to do this, both big and small. If you’re looking for ideas, we have some suggestions for you:
Happy American Education Week! This week honors the dedication of teachers, administrators, and support staff who contribute to students’ academic growth; and reminds us of our commitment to quality education for every student.