Leading Virtual Public School Provider,
Connections Academy, Featured at Top K-12 Education Conferences

Educators, Educational Partners Tapped to Share Virtual Learning
Expertise with K-12 Education Community

BALTIMORE, MD, October 6, 2009 – Connections Academy—one of the country’s leading virtual K-12 public school operators—will be featured at the country’s premier national K-12 education industry conferences this fall. Connections Academy educators and their educational partners—with which they operate a national network of 15 virtual public schools—have been selected to share their expertise in virtual K-12 education, one of American public education’s hottest trends.

Connections Academy educators and educational partners will conduct virtual education presentations, participate in panel discussions, and lead workshops for the K-12 education community – including educators, administrators and policy makers -- at the following top K-12 education gatherings:

NACSA 2009 Leadership Conference, October 19-21
The National Association of Charter School Authorizers hosts this longest-running national charter schools conference, where a Connections Academy official will address the issue of “The Next Generation of Charter Schools: Crafting Effective State Policy.” See details at: http://www.qualitycharters.org/

NSBA T&L Conference, October 28-30
District leadership teams attending The National School Boards Association’s annual Technology & Learning Conference will hear from Connections Academy and educational partner experts on virtual special education – how to’s/best practices; and how e-learning can ‘level the playing field’ for ‘at risk’ students. Connections Academy will also be featured in a panel discussion on ‘next-wave’ strategies for technology professional development. See details at: http://www.nsba.org/tl/

iNACOL Virtual School Symposium, November 15-17
This Annual Conference for the world’s leading membership organization that promotes K-12 online teaching and learning will feature four Connections Academy presentations on topics including: online learning issues and trends in 2009; using synchronous tools and strategies to win grants; serving children with disabilities in virtual schools – policy and best practices; how virtual learning can play a role in dropout prevention; and supporting reluctant online educators. http://www.virtualschoolsymposium.org/

In addition to being tapped to address iNACOL Virtual School Symposium participants, Connections Academy has been nominated for two 2009 iNACOL Online Learning Innovator Awards, in the “Best and Most Innovative Online Learning Practice” category. Nominated for the awards – to be announced at the Symposium – are two Connections Academy programs: Connections Academy’s Star Rating System, a tool for students to rate online lessons, and help shape their education; and Connections Academy’s high school peer-to-peer tutoring program in the virtual high school setting.

About Connections Academy
Connections Academy is a leading national provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual public schools in fourteen states operated in partnership with charter schools, school districts, and state departments of education. Connections Academy schools deliver top quality, personalized education for students that combines certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences to create a supportive and successful environment for children who want an individualized approach to education. In Connections Academy's Personalized Performance Learning® approach, students use daily lesson plans and curriculum materials provided by Connections Academy. Teachers develop a learning plan for each student, utilizing a proprietary, web-based Learning Management System to deliver, track, and administer the learning. In 2009-10, Connections Academy will serve students in Arizona, California (Southern and Central), Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Connections Academy offers grades K through 12, though some schools do not offer all grades. Connections Academy also serves K-12 students in all states through its private virtual school, National Connections Academy. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit www.connectionsacademy.com.