PA Virtual is pleased to announce the opening of our new learning center in Harrisburg! Please join us for a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new central regional center for PA Virtual.
Say you are considering (or already have) cyber education for your children – how can you as a parent, know that you are keeping them safe while they spend countless hours online? All cyber charters in PA provide their students with the hardware and software needed to best suit their educational needs. A secure internet connection, along with learning platforms that are all password protected are just the first step to keeping our children safe. PA Virtual also has an Internet Safety Policy pursuant to the Children Internet Protection Act (CIPA).
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By Maurice Flurie, Joanne Barnett and Patricia Rossetti As educators of schools that teach more than 36,000 students, we welcome reforming Pennsylvania's charter school law. We are, however, extremely disappointed that the needs of students and opinions of parents are seemingly being ignored in the current political debate. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has increased its oversight of public cyber charter schools over the past three years. The accountability measures of House Bill 530, recently passed in the House and currently residing in the Senate, will only improve those efforts. These changes are welcomed by the CEOs of all 14 public cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania.
Recently fifteen PA Virtual Learning Coaches completed a course with Bank Street College in New York entitled “Meaningful Discipline”. The classes were geared toward ages 5 – 13 and even though our daughter is approaching her 16th birthday, I nonetheless benefited as a Mom and Learning Coach. Our instructor, Virginia Perrin kept the classes lively and gave many tips for teaching your children discipline as well as how to discipline for positive results.
Special Education & Life Skills teacher, Stacey McGowan spends all year working on social skills and training students in the online setting. Next week, for the 11th year in a row, PA Virtual Students will compete in the Montgomery County Special Olympics held at Souderton HS. Cyber education in Pennsylvania tends to attract a high percentage of special needs students due to the opportunity and flexibility families can have with their education in their own homes. Oftentimes, cyber charter schools are also able to accommodate the needs of the student with added care and individualized learning curriculum.
This week, Google Education On Air will offer a completely free online education conference which will focus on the impact of technology and education around the world. Over the two days, Google will pose the question “how do we prepare our students for a future that is ever-changing?”
Across the nation, the term “Common Core” has found its way into our homes since 2010. As defined on the Common Core Standards website, “The Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live.”