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Credit Recovery Success

 

In this webinar you will learn about credit recovery options at VHS:

  • Flexible Courses - Motivated, independent learners can complete these courses at their own pace. Courses generally take 4-8 weeks, but students may take up to 15 weeks to complete.
  • Summer School - With 4 or 8 week sessions, students can learn without sacrificing their summer plans.
  • Customizable Offerings - VHS can work with your student's school to design and help facilitate a unique credit recovery program.

Study Skills for Academic Success

In this webinar you will learn more about this new course as well as study skills strategies that can be used immediately, such as:

  • Locating main ideas
  • 2 column note taking
  • The Five Step Writing Process

The Virtual High School STEM Education Solutions

The Virtual High School (VHS) invites you to view a 30 minute webinar outlining our innovative STEM Education solutions to address challenges outlined in our white paper.

During this webinar, we:

  • Addressed how VHS expands access to engaging STEM courses
  • Viewed examples of hands-on science lessons
  • Discovered the benefits of global, collaborative, online STEM courses, and
  • Learned how VHS incorporates NGSS principles in online courses.

Online Summer School: Anywhere Courses for Everywhere Learning

On a beach, on a plane or on the job over the summer, students won't have to stray too far from their studies. Online summer learning opportunities are the perfect way to make up course credit or get ahead!

Join us to learn about credit recovery and enrichment courses available, multiple sessions that help students stay on track or get ahead before the fall, and how VHS summer courses can expand a school’s semester.

This webinar will cover:

  • The benefits of online education over the summer months
  • 4 and 8 week core and elective courses for students
  • A cooperative learning model that relies on student interaction and collaboration
  • The role of highly qualified teachers play in course facilitation
  • Summer credit recovery programs
  • Enrichment and initial credit courses that help students get ahead
  • The chance to sample independent learning without the demands of a full-course schedule
  • Customizing summer courses to offer solely to your students
  • Private offerings and tailored schedules that accommodate your school’s academic calendar

A Look Into VHS Earth & Space Systems Science

Earth and space science has emerged as a crucial field of study, engaging students in science for humanity: Earth’s resources; energy from fossil fuels, wind, and the sun; weather and severe storms; uses of water; the solar system and the universe.

VHS Earth and Space Systems Science takes students on an exploration of the world using the same tools and data as scientists. Take virtual tours of Antarctica, watch a hurricane develop over the Pacific, explore wind pattern data for turbine placement, monitor earthquakes in real-time, and use Hubble images to see the farthest parts of the universe.

 


Choosing Paced Online Learning for Your School

Join Cheryl Rosenberg, Online Learning Strategist as she discusses the movement towards collaborative asynchronous online courses that are paced to follow an academic schedule. This type of digital learning is earning rave reviews by educators and parents for the high-quality engaging content, projects and real-world investigations that are far from the read-and-response online lessons that other providers use.

  • A Preferred Partner for Over 16 Years
  • Learn why more schools are gravitating towards teacher-led, scheduled online learning that aligns with academic calendars and school semesters
  • The benefits of online learning with high-quality content and taught by experienced teachers
  • Use supplemental online content to introduce more AP and honors level courses, G & T and College & Career Readiness programs
  • Use digital content to enhance STEM curricula and create collaborative blended learning experiences
  • Creating the perfect blend of online and face-to-face instruction with customizable solutions designed to meet your school's unique needs.

STEM in the Digital Age

Join VHS for a discussion of STEM education, including:

  • A discussion around the new standards and the shift to practices and application of content
  • Considerations about how digital resources can engage students in STEM programs
  • Review sample lessons and activities that incorporate digital resources and broaden curricula
  • Learn new strategies that can help your school enhance STEM curricula using a variety of media to support development of key skills and provide opportunities for students to apply content

Reshaping STEM Education for Today's Students Webinar

Join us as we delve into the changing landscape of STEM education in today's schools. This webinar will...

  • Define problem areas for educators and administrators and address the challenges facing STEM curricula in schools. We will look at the projected growth in STEM employment, retaining student interest in STEM, and how to grow college and career readiness and prep programs for today's students.
  • Introduce the "rethinking" of STEM education and the implications of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). We will explore the fundamental shift to these principles including a deeper knowledge of core ideas and the emphasis on practices.
  • Outline the opportunities and challenges for schools implementing NGSS such as restructuring the vision for STEM curricula, creating content and activities that engage students in science practices, and develop programs that span a series of constructed lessons to better prepare students for STEM careers.

Advanced Placement® Competitive Courses for Staying One Step Ahead

Advanced Placement® courses have become an essential part of a high school education. As students seek out ways to stay competitive in the eyes of admissions officers and college recruiters, they look to AP® options to help them earn college credit and explore potential majors.

However, with limited access to these courses, students are often shut out before they can register or are faced with only one or two choices during their high school career.

In this webinar we discuss: How the Advanced Placement® program has evolved since its introduction Students' growing desire to take multiple AP® courses in High School The benefits of expanding your AP® course catalog through online courses What makes a successful AP® virtual learning environment possible, showcasing examples from actual AP® online courses with regard to: Group projects and collaboration, teacher guidance, posting projects, peer review and thought-proving discussions


An Exploration of Open Educational Resources for Blended Learning

Whether you are looking for full course material, learning objects and modules, or streaming video and interactive software, free Open Educational Resources (OER) are the keys to engaging students and offering a blended learning environment that couples the best of face to face teaching with the 21st century skills.

So what's standing in your way from integrating these learning techniques into your own schools and classrooms?

  • Maybe you don't know where to look?
  • How to implement?
  • Or, you're still questioning whether these resources are right for you?

In this webinar we will delve into a number of online examples, we'll introduce you to OERs that span across disciplines including Social Studies, Language Arts, Science and Math. You'll learn:

  • To identify OERs and take advantage of sites that offers these tools
  • How to integrate OERs into your current online courses
  • Enhance your face-to face classrooms with these resources to create unique blended learning instruction
  • Open Educational Resources are not simply text, but rather, they are actual tools that can help enrich any classroom environment and push student thinking and comprehension.

 


A DIY Guide to Online and Blended Learning Initiatives

Watch our webinar to learn how to get started by identifying key questions that will need to be answered prior to implementation. You'll learn to launch your own techniques by examining how others have initiated similar programs. And, you'll gain the confidence to move forward with creating your own curriculum that services the vast majority of students in your district.

We'll explore key considerations before embarking on a blended learning initiative:

  • Build or purchase content?
  • How is learning personalized?
  • How do we support our teachers?
  • How do school leaders evaluate instruction in 21st century classrooms?

We'll provide high-level insight into the variety of options available to school systems and will establish a framework that you can use to guide decision-making and goal setting for your districts.

Referencing examples from successful partnerships, you'll learn how similar organizations and districts have coupled professional development for educators and online course options for students to ensure a successful blended learning environment that spans across all schools. Begin to build a blended curriculum on your own through the resources readily available to your district.


Implementing Third Party Applications into Your LMS

Discover new ways to create a unique blended learning environment. Gain a solid foundation of tools and applications readily available to assist you. - See a sample of these applications in action - Learn how they "talk" to your main course area or concentration - Explore the ins and outs of course blogs and wikis, audio podcasting and voice discussion - Discover how to incorporate slideshows, music composition, and more

You'll feel confident in taking the initial steps to implement these tools within your own classrooms, schools and districts.


Engaging Students in Science Using Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Increasing students' interest in science related college majors and careers must begin in high school or even earlier. One approach is to use Open Educational Resources (OERs). As the movement toward releasing resources into the public domain continues to grow, each year brings a wealth of new opportunities to engage students in science through various forms of digital content. OERs:

  • Address multiple learning styles
  • Can be used to introduce or reinforce concepts
  • Help make content meaningful, and connect students to the greater scientific community.


In this webinar we will:

  • Share 2012's Top 10 Science OERs
  • Discuss methods to integrate these digital resources into the classroom
  • Explore ways in which OERs can add new depth, dimension, and excitement to the classroom through a variety of digital media.

College and Career Readiness: Using Online Learning to Prepare Students for Success

Studies show that America has lost more than 2.7 million jobs to other countries between 2001 and 2011. Why? Our schools are not preparing students with the skills they need to succeed in today's workplace. Reversing the loss of jobs in America requires stretching beyond traditional learning models. We cannot afford to continue with the same "business as usual" approaches and expect greater outcomes.

Preparing students for 21st century jobs has sparked discourse among educators. Some educators want greater focus on traditional learning, while others want to shift the focus to job readiness. However, all educators feel the urgency to identify solutions that will prepare students for college and careers in the 21st century.

Part of the solution is embracing online learning as a way to help students develop the skills and job-specific knowledge sought by today's employers.


The Flipped Classroom: Lectures at Home and Homework in class

Lectures at home and homework in class? Who would have thought such a backward concept would have such a huge impact on the way today's students learn?

"The Flipped Classroom" has garnered a lot of attention over the last few years. Gaining in popularity and embraced by school teachers nationwide, this method of blended learning is changing the way we educate our students and how they learn.

Through independent study and lectures viewed outside of school, coupled with collaborative, project-based learning inside the classroom, students are becoming more engaged, and are sharing ideas and working together to better understand the curriculum.