As a virtual school principal, I’m already feeling excited for the upcoming 2011–12 school year. I’m probably most excited that my school, Wisconsin Connections Academy (WCA), is expanding to offer online high school in the fall, allowing us to meet the differentiated needs of all students from kindergarten to 12th grade! And being able to differentiate is important.
When you think of an ideal school for students, do you think of a school that can meet the individual needs of each student?
I believe that virtual schools like Connections Academy are uniquely positioned to offer an individualized approach for all students, whether they are academically ahead, in line with, or behind their age-appropriate peers. We call it Personalized Performance Learning® at our school, and for several years I have personally witnessed how it changes students’ lives—in their academic accomplishments as well as in their personal well-being. When school is tailored to a student’s particular interests, strengths, and challenges, each has a chance to really succeed in school—and the resulting pride and love of learning makes for some very happy kids!
Do you know a student who is struggling in school? In a virtual school like Connections Academy, these students are able to work in the curriculum a year below their age-appropriate grade level without changing their grade. Our dedicated teachers just take the time to discuss the student’s performance and skill deficiencies with our parents (Learning Coaches), and they develop communication schedules and personalized learning schedules to help monitor ...