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Our Commitment To Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Michigan Virtual is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse workforce. We embrace different voices, faces, ideas, and backgrounds and believe human diversity, the seen and unseen, drives innovation and creativity. We are building a culture grounded in a climate where everyone feels included, respected, and valued and is comfortable being their full, authentic self.

What we want to achieve over the long-term and how we approach the journey of embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion at Michigan Virtual are inextricably linked. Rather than focus on rules, compliance, or rigid dogma of “political correctness,” our approach is growth-oriented: having candid conversations, offering recommendations, creating learning opportunities, inviting focus on ourselves rather than “them,” and celebrating the learning we do together about our differences. 

We believe online delivery models can expand educational opportunities for all learners regardless of their physical traits, religious and cultural beliefs, or personal identity. For more than 20 years, Michigan Virtual has played a role in reducing the learning opportunity gap for structurally disadvantaged students. For example, we make available 23 Advanced Placement (AP) courses to better serve the estimated 40 percent of Michigan high schools that do not offer AP courses locally. Michigan Virtual believes that all students can achieve at high levels and that equitable learning environments are essential to their success. As Michigan’s largest provider of online professional development services for school personnel, we have also worked to significantly expand statewide access to free and low-cost professional learning on dozens of critical topics such as early literacy, teaching remotely during a pandemic, and social-emotional learning (SEL).

Unfortunately, disturbing inequities continue to leave children of color, LGBTQIA+ students, English language learners, students with special needs, and impoverished children seriously behind in academic achievement. In addition, racism in the United States continues to be a persistent problem that has impacted every aspect of society. The COVID-19 pandemic has helped to further expose critical inequities in public education and widened the disparities. Michigan Virtual believes we can and must do more to eliminate barriers that prevent students and educators from participating in equitable and inclusive learning opportunities and environments.In 2019, as an offshoot of its Culture Committee, Michigan Virtual established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee to help guide organization-wide conversations, awareness activities, and training efforts. In addition, the 2021-23 Michigan Virtual Strategic Plan approved by our Board of Directors includes an imperative new value statement: “Embrace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” Our journey with diversity, equity, and inclusion is expanding. We will lead by example to elevate our role as an employer of choice and quality educational services provider in the K-12 community.

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.