Steve Schwab, Principal of BA Virtual School
Linda Ricks, Digital Learning Coordinator
Tammy Strickland, Assistant Principal BAHS.
- They didn't jump in with both feet, neck deep, first time out. They started small and are remaining flexible enough to grow with their programs. Fantastic.
- They did their research. Listening to them talk, it was clear they understood best practices in course instruction and design.
- They do not subscribe to the one-size-fits all, self-paced models for their virtual schools. The online programs currently used for credit recovery are not suitable for credit advancement. This is smart, and well researched.
- Teaching online is not the same as teaching face-to-face. They chose their instructors purposefully. They looked for teachers who are willing and able to teach in an uncertain environment and not jeopardize the integrity of the program. They looked for experience.
- They know that virtual learning and teaching take longer, but that it is way, way worth it.
- They did not let the bureaucracy wear them out. Let’s face it; sometimes working with educational (any, really) bureaucracy can be like trying to run through a swamp. It takes stamina.
- They were creative in their design. They took care in building a program that while striving for best practices, also met the needs and culture of their students.
- They sent and are sending their instructors to The Eighth Floor to take the Online Learning Series for teaching and learning online. (Shameless plug, but . . . true!)
- They were willing to take time out of their very, very busy days to come here and share what they know.