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Michigan Virtual first to offer online program addressing students’ social and emotional learning

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Lansing, Mich. — Michigan Virtual™ announces a new partnership that will offer a program for school districts and students aimed at helping students’ emotional and social learning in the online environment. Michigan Virtual has partnered with Evolution Labs to offer Suite360, a digital intervention program for students, parents, teachers and administrators. Suite360 can be customized for any school district and provides curriculum on challenges today’s students face, such as cyberbullying, anger management, substance abuse, social awareness and more. This is the first online program addressing students’ social and emotional learning in Michigan.

“Online learning doesn’t isolate a student from dealing with personal issues. This new program will give school districts a tool to help students grapple with social and emotional issues,” said Jamey Fitzpatrick, president and CEO of Michigan Virtual. “Michigan Virtual prioritizes quality in online education, and this tool provides educators, parents and administrators with an option to help students navigate the challenges they face in their education.”

As part of Michigan’s Top 10 in 10 initiative, schools are beginning to rethink what it means to address the “whole child” in education. Research suggests instead of focusing solely on a student’s academic needs, broadening the learning approach to include other factors like physical, behavioral, social and emotional needs better positions students for success. Suite360 can be used to address, monitor and report on issues that may arise on a school or district-wide basis. This program also meets the call from Michigan Legislature for schools to provide restorative justice options in school discipline programs. In line with restorative justice practices, Suite360 Intervention (ISS360) turns detention or in-school suspension (ISS) into a learning opportunity by providing students with lessons based on their infraction.

“We are thrilled about our partnership with Michigan Virtual to bring digital, social & emotional content to K-12 students across the state,” said Peter Kraft, CEO of Evolution Labs, Inc. “Michigan Virtual is the thought leader in online learning, and there’s no better place to deliver student wellness content than in the digital world. Suite360 and other programs will deliver professionally-developed, digital lessons to students, helping them on their path to success and college readiness.”
“We are so impressed with Michigan Virtual’s commitment to students, families and schools in the state of Michigan, and are excited to add these crucial success and wellness programs to their portfolio,” added Kraft.

Evolution Labs partnered with Michigan Virtual because of a legacy of excellence in online education and unique approach of working with school districts to provide innovative solutions to the challenges districts face when educating students.

More information can be found on the Michigan Virtual website here.

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About Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual™ (formally known as Michigan Virtual University®) provides online courses for Michigan students, professional development for educators and is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute®. As a nonprofit organization with more than 20 years of experience, Michigan Virtual is Michigan’s leading voice in online education. Visit us at michiganvirtual.org.

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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.