Welcome to ExcelinEd’s ongoing roundup of creative solutions states and districts are taking to meet the education needs of their students affected by school closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We need your help sharing these solutions so policymakers and state leaders can learn from each other. Please forward this information to your state leaders who are seeking solutions and send us your state’s or school district’s innovative efforts for us to amplify and share nationally.
Alaska Statewide Virtual School
To support Alaska’s school districts and ensure ongoing opportunities for all students to learn, the Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) launched the Alaska Statewide Virtual School on March 31. Florida Virtual School (FLVS) Global and Alaska Telecom Association are supporting this effort to keep Alaska’s students, families and educators connected through online educational programs. DEED chose to partner with FLVS Global because of the organization’s long-standing success and reputation as an education leader with a history of innovation.
Free Online Courses Help Students Earn College Credit
Modern States Education Alliance’s “Freshman Year for Free” program offers the first-ever catalog of tuition-free online courses for more than 30 core collegiate freshman subjects that lead to college credit. Taught by professors from leading universities, these free online courses prepare students for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams offered by the College Board. Modern States also offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses taught by professors from MIT, Rice, Purdue and other top universities. High school students can use all, or part of, each Modern States AP course to prepare for an AP exam in May.
Vermont to Launch Statewide Online Learning Platform to Assist Districts
The Vermont Agency of Education will be providing a statewide continuity of learning platform and learning management system for any district needing that type of infrastructure support. This will be especially helpful for districts that do not have a student-facing learning management system ready to go. Continuity is crucial to maintain student learning and academic progress, as well as support their wellbeing. Districts are required to make the transition to continuity of learning on or before Monday, April 13.