What is Connections Education?
Connections Education is an educational management organization. Connections Education is an accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual and blended education solutions for students in grade K–12. Connections Education is now part of the global learning company Pearson. We are committed to expanding quality education through technology and helping students achieve both academic and personal success. Connections Education has three facets: Connections Academy, Nexus Academy, and Connections Learning.
What is Connections Academy?
Since 2001, the company's Connections Academy division has delivered individualized learning to students through virtual public schools and a private online academy. In the 2012-13 school year, 24 Connections Academy virtual public schools will operate in 22 states and expect to serve more than 45,000 students in grades K-12 (some schools do not serve all grades) from across the U.S.
What is Nexus Academy?
Nexus Academy is the cutting-edge combination of face-to-face and online learning that provides students with a "greater than the sum of its parts" educational experience. Five (5) blended learning charter high schools are currently in Ohio and Michigan – in Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, East Lansing and Grand Rapids, respectively with two (2) new blended schools being planned in Indianapolis, Indiana and Royal Oak, Michigan. These schools will together provide more than 600 students in grades 9-12 with a personalized path to college- and career-readiness.
What is Connections Learning?
The Connections Learning division meets the needs of schools, school districts, and other institutions looking to develop and enhance their online learning programs. Connections Learning delivers a full range of targeted digital learning solutions to the K-12 education community including online courses, a program for homebound students, a digital learning platform, and more. More than 300 schools, school districts, state departments of education and other educational institutions, serving tens of thousands of students throughout the U.S. and beyond, are already utilizing Connections Learning products and services.
Where do I find salary information regarding my position?
Connections Education does not use a set salary scale. Our salary system is a performance-based model. At the time of hire, an individualized offer is made to the candidate. Years of experience, education level, fit in our environment and special skills are considered when making the initial offer. Once you are employed by Connections, salary increases are tied to your performance.
What other performance incentives are available for teachers?
Full-time teachers also have the potential to earn a bonus each year, which is based on both individual performance as well as the performance of the school. The bonus potential percentage increases for teachers based on years of service with the organization. Other incentives are tied to performance, such as the potential to earn work-at-home days and extra personal days. Connections also offers a career ladder opportunity for teachers. The career ladder provides teachers the opportunity to take on leadership roles giving them upward mobility and increased pay.
How does the career ladder for teachers work?
The career ladder provides the opportunity for teachers to take on leadership roles and giving them upward mobility and increased pay. Learn more about the Career Ladder program on the Career Ladder Opportunities page.
Does Connections Education offer benefits?
Connections Education offers competitive compensation with annual performance-based salary review, and a potential annual bonus incentive. We offer comprehensive benefit plans (with great employee rates) to full-time employees. Visit the Benefits page to view a full list of employee benefits available per school.
Can I teach for Connections Academy, Nexus Academy, or Connections Learning if I don’t hold a teaching certificate?
Teaching positions with Connections Academy, Nexus Academy, and Connections Learning require a valid teaching certificate. Candidates must hold a valid certificate for the state in which they are teaching and must be appropriate to the subject they are teaching. For example, a teacher who teaches high school Social Studies for Colorado Connections Academy must hold a valid Secondary Social Studies teaching certificate for Colorado.
Are teachers able to work from home?
The ability to work from home varies greatly across the schools. All job postings indicate whether the position is office-based or home-based. Please be sure to verify the work location requirements for the position on the specific job posting. Positions with Connections Academy may be home-based; however most of the Connections Academy schools initially hire teachers to work from the office. Positions with Nexus Academy are office-based and do not have the ability to work from home. Positions with Connections Learning are home-based.
What is LiveLesson®? How does LiveLesson® work?
LiveLesson® is an interactive teaching tool in which teachers use to enhance instruction and communicate with students. LiveLesson® uses Acrobat Connect, a web-based communication system purchased by Connections for online synchronous and recorded sessions. Students sign into the teacher's LiveLesson® classroom and participate via chat to ask questions, type responses and interact with the teacher and students in the virtual classroom. Teachers prepare and share PowerPoint presentations and take advantage of whiteboard tools, Q&A, and poll questions to highlight specific concepts in the lesson. The teacher can also use breakout rooms and group the students for class discussions.
What curriculum is provided?
Connections Education provides comprehensive lesson plans, both online and in print in all core subjects like reading and math, along with exciting enrichment courses. Visit our Curriculum page to learn more. Our proven curriculum incorporates materials developed by leading educational institutions as well as lessons developed by our own curriculum specialists. The curriculum providers include McGraw-Hill, Calvert School, Prentice Hall, and Houghton Mifflin, to list just a few.
What types of training and support are in place for teachers?
At the time of hire, new teachers take extensive trainings to learn all aspects of the technology tools and duties of their job. Each school also has developed their own mentor program in which new teachers are assigned a mentor for their first year. Schools also have implemented Professional Learning Communities which provide ongoing professional development opportunities and support. For on-going support, Connections Education employs a team of School Support Representatives. Each school has a representative who is a liaison to address teacher needs. The School Support team assists with training and professional development, resolution of technology challenges, distribution of curriculum materials, and various other support functions.
If there isn't a school in my state, can I still teach for Connections?
Typically, Connections Academy employs teachers in a state in which there is a school. Even if a teacher is home-based, he/she still reports to the office for training and/or meetings either on a regular or ad hoc basis. Teachers are also required to be certified in the state in which they are teaching.
Nexus Academy hired teachers to work from a school site and must live in a commutable distance from the school site.
Connections Learning hires teachers from all across the country. Teachers with Connections Learning do not have to live in a specific state, but must be certified in specific states based on the job posting.
Can I get in touch with a current Connections teacher?
Yes, we encourage you to contact a Connections teacher. Go to our Connect With a Teacher page to access the backgrounds of several Connections Academy and Connections Learning teachers. If you would like to get in touch with one of the teachers, complete the online form provided, and we will arrange an email or phone call.
Do teachers work year round?
Connections Academy teachers work a 10-month work schedule. The first and last teacher work day varies by school. Typically, schools follow a similar calendar as that of the local school districts. Teachers work 200 duty days.
Nexus Academy teachers work a 10-month work schedule. The first and last teacher work day varies by school. Typically, schools follow a similar calendar as that of the local school districts. Teachers work 200 duty days.
Connections Learning teachers and Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) work a 10-month work schedule. Teachers and SLPs start in early August and end in mid-June. Teachers and SLPs work 210 duty days.
Teachers have opportunities to work over the summer, be it support for their own school or teaching summer school courses.
Are there part-time opportunities for teachers?
Based on the needs of the school, Connections may hire teachers to teach part-time. Adjunct teachers are part-time and home-based. Adjunct teachers are hired to teach particular courses, typically in elective areas. Adjunct teachers must hold a valid certification in the subject area which they are teaching. Adjunct teachers have a flexible work schedule that allows them to hold another position in addition to serving as an Adjunct with Connections. Adjunct teachers receive two types of compensation:
1. Base compensation: Base compensation is paid semi-monthly over 12 months and will increase based on years of service and performance.
2. Adjunct compensation: Adjunct compensation is paid monthly over 10 months and is based on the number of students enrolled in the teacher's courses. Each course has been assigned a per student rate.