2013 Michigan Virtual Symposium

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Michigan Virtual Symposium tackles new online learning legislation

Public Act 60 of 2013 provides expanded opportunities for students to enroll in online courses. The legislation expands choice at the course level and serves as a catalyst to expand Michigan-based online learning options for students. The 2013 Online Learning Symposium: Supporting & Accelerating Education Innovation will examine the growth of online learning, including expanded student and parent choices, the national picture and other issues related to the new legislation.

The Symposium will start with a keynote by Jamey Fitzpatrick and Dr. Joe Freidhoff of Michigan Virtual, and then examine the key points of the new legislation through a series of breakout sessions and a lunch panel presentation.


Online Course Choice in Michigan, Jamey Fitzpatrick, President & CEO, Michigan Virtual; Dr. Joe Freidhoff, Director, Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, Michigan Virtual

Breakout Sessions
  • Michigan Pupil Accounting Manual Updates Related to Online Learning
  • New Opportunities for Online Learning
  • Statewide Catalog Website
  • Online Course Review Process
  • District Catalog Options
  • What do you tell a parent?
Challenges and Opportunities from the School Perspective

Wendy Zdeb-Roper, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals, will moderate a robust discussion of the perceived challenges and opportunities the new legislation brings from an educators’ perspective. Panelists Colin Ripmaster, also with MASSP and former principal of Mattawan High School; Brent Cryderman, principal, and David Bunn, teacher, from Houghton Lake High School; Jay Miller, counselor at Dewitt High School and Linda Wacyk, Board of Education member at Grand Ledge Public Schools, will answer questions and give their perspectives on the new legislation.

Paul Liabenow, Executive Director of the Michigan Elementary and Secondary School Principals Association, will introduce the panelists.

Where do we go from here?

In the closing session, Colin Ripmaster, Associate Director, MASSP, will facilitate table discussions regarding the impact of online learning on schools/districts, sharing current practices, next steps and local challenges to address. The session will close with a visible thinking routine called Compass Points which will help participants flesh out new ideas associated with 21f. Compass Points will engage all participants in identifying and sharing what excites and worries them, what else they need and suggestions for moving forward. Please join us at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing on November 11.

Michigan Virtual Symposium

Supporting and Accelerating Educational Innovation
Monday, November 11, 2013
9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cost: $25
Kellogg Center @ MSU
219 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing

Please check back often for Symposium updates or call 888.532.5806 for more information.


About Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual is a nonprofit educational organization that is leading and collaborating to build learning environments for tomorrow. Driven by student success, we have a strong record of supporting Michigan education that spans more than two decades. While many know us for our research-based, quality online learning options for students and professional development for educators, we also do a great deal of work behind the scenes to conduct original research, test innovations in learning, and provide consulting partnerships to promote effective practices. Education is changing faster than ever. Discover new models and resources to move learning forward at