Virtual Education Provider, Connections Education, Featured at iNACOL’s 2013 Blended and Online Learning Symposium

-- Educators Share Virtual Learning Expertise at Premier K–12 e-Learning Event, Host “Flipped Learning” Workshop --

BALTIMORE (October 28, 2013) – Connections Education, a leading virtual education provider, is featured this week at the nation’s premier K–12 blended and online learning event, the 2013 Blended and Online Learning Symposium, taking place from October 27–30 in Orlando, Florida. Hosted by the International Association for K–12 Online Learning (iNACOL), the non-profit membership K–12 e-learning association, the Blended and Online Learning Symposium is the nation’s top annual gathering of representatives from national, state, district, private, and other virtual school programs.

Executives and educators from Connections Education, part of Pearson, were selected to share their expertise in K–12 online and blended learning at the annual conference, which will focus on the theme “Transforming Education to Student-Centric Learning.” Presentations and sessions address the most important e-learning trends and issues in the current K–12 landscape. Additionally, the company’s Connections Learning by Pearson division will host a special CEU-bearing workshop on blended and “flipped learning,” one of the hottest trends in American K–12 public education today.

Connections Education educators and executives are participating in the following sessions:

  • “Continuous Improvement for the Administration and Management of Online Programs” — roundtable discussion and workshop co-hosted by Donna Hutchison, Vice President of State Relations, Connections Education and Christine Hayes, Director of Schools, Nexus Academy

  • “New Instructional Models: Making Learning Personal” — Mickey Revenaugh, Executive Vice President, Connections Learning (on panel)

  • “Get Connected: Leveraging Social Media for Professional Success” — James Brauer, Principal, Iowa Connections Academy (on panel)

  • “Transitioning Online Courses and Teachers to Common Core State Standards” — Dr. Pat Hoge, Executive Vice President, Curriculum and Instruction, Connections Education; Debbie Vickers, Sr. Director of Curriculum Development, Connections Education; and Karen Roper, Senior Director of Instruction and Professional Development, Connections Education

  • “How 7th Graders Are Using Asynchronous Resources in an Online Science Course” — Diane Mayse, Research Specialist, Connections Education

  • “The New Face of Blended Learning: Hyper-Local and Custom-Connected” — panel discussion moderated by Mickey Revenaugh, Executive Vice President, Connections Learning

  • “The Blended Learning Coach: Inventing a New Educator Role” — Moderator Mickey Revenaugh, Executive Vice President, Connections Learning; Alex Lown, Success Coach, Nexus Academy of Lansing; Ben Hahn, Success Coach, Nexus Academy of Toledo

  • Blended and Flipped Learning Workshop, “Flip and Blend—Blend and Flip: Exercise the Mind and Body in 24 Hours.” This October 30–31 workshop, held immediately following the 2013 iNACOL conference, offers participants hands-on learning in the concept of ‘flipped learning,” including “flipped learning 101,” the Four Pillars of F-L-I-P™ and implementation best practices. Attendees will hear first hand from thought-leading educators and innovators, and share in networking and large and small group discussion opportunities. At the end of this workshop, attendees will have an understanding of the tools, skills and resources they need to successfully implement blended and flipped learning in their school or district. Co-hosted by Pearson's School Achievement Services (SAS), Connections Learning by Pearson and the Flipped Learning Network, this $100 workshop offers attendees 10 contact hours of participation in order to earn an IACET Continuing Education Unit issued by Pearson's SAS, an IACET authorized provider.

  • Additionally, Pat Laystrom, Senior Vice President, State Relations, Connections Education and Mickey Revenaugh, Executive Vice President, Connections Learning will also take part in panel discussions about the latest report, Keeping Pace with K–12 Online and Blended Learning (Connections is a sponsor of the report)

More than 2,000 educators are expected to attend the Blended and Online Learning Symposium, to learn about the latest trends, challenges and opportunities in e-learning; interact in session presentations; and gain access to the latest research and best practices reports.

About Connections Education
Connections Education is a leading provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual education solutions for students in grades K–12. 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 2013–14 school year, 25 Connections Academy virtual (online) public schools operate in 23 states and expect to serve more than 45,000 students from across the U.S. The Connections Learning by Pearson division meets the needs of schools, school districts, and other institutions looking to develop and enhance their online learning programs. Connections Learning by Pearson 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, a private online school and a line of blended learning programs called Nexus Academy schools. More than 1000 schools, school districts, state departments of education and other educational institutions, serving tens of thousands of students throughout the United States and beyond, are already utilizing Connections Learning by Pearson products and services. Connections Education is committed to expanding quality education through technology and helping students achieve both academic and personal success. For more information, call 800–382–6010 or visit Connections Education is part of the global learning company Pearson (NYSE:PSO).