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The article, “CourseArc Develops Tool that Enables Sharing of Course Content Across Counties and States,” describes a new feature developed by CourseArc, a popular content authoring and management tool, that allows for the quick and easy sharing of high-quality… Read more

LANSING, Mich. —​ The Learning Continuity Work Group convened by Michigan Virtual has released a new website to help Michigan educators prepare for the coming academic year. The website, ​Keep Michigan Learning​, provides a collection of free resources to… Read more

The article “Pandemic May (Finally) Push Online Education Into Teacher Prep Programs” — originally published in EdSurge on May 28, 2020 — makes a case for why current school closures as a result of COVID-19 should push teacher prep… Read more

Free Mental Health & SEL Resources For K-12 Students, Parents & Educators

During times of crisis, children need extra support to process their emotions. Beyond academic resources, one of the most challenging areas for many educators supporting students remotely is emotional and mental health. Beginning today, the newly launched Michigan Cares program offers educators and Michigan families — children, teachers, and parents alike — free digital lessons focused on developing social, emotional, and mental wellbeing skills, which have become especially important in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

LANSING, Mich. — As Michigan’s educators explore how to serve their students during school building closures, they now have a unique personal growth opportunity to learn new skills and best practices when teaching outside of the physical classroom. To… Read more

LANSING, Mich. — Recognizing the importance of learning continuity planning in the wake of the COVID-19 school closures, Michigan Virtual today announced the creation of the Michigan Virtual Learning Continuity Work Group. The Work Group, composed of 21 education… Read more

This article was originally published by Gongwer News Service on April 2, 2020. Lansing, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order suspending in-person K-12 education for the rest of the 2019-20 school year was greeted Thursday with support from… Read more

LANSING, Mich. — To reduce the spread of Coronavirus in Michigan, today Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-35, which orders all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year — unless restrictions are lifted… Read more

District, charter, private schools adapt while state officials wait This article was originally published by Mackinac Center for Public Policy on March 26, 2020. A March 20 memo from the Michigan Department of Education declared that emergency online education would not… Read more

Michigan Virtual releases free quality enrichment material to support parents, educators at home This article was also published in MITechNews.com on March 22, 2020. LANSING, Mich. – To keep students learning during the extended school closures, Michigan families now… Read more

LANSING, Mich. — Tonight Governor Gretchen Whitmer, State Superintendent Michael Rice, and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun called for the closure of schools statewide to reduce the spread of Coronavirus in Michigan. In response, Michigan Virtual President and… Read more

The article “Detroit area schools close to plan for online classes” — originally published in the Detroit News on March 12, 2020 — overviews Detroit Public Schools’ efforts to prepare for remote teaching in light of possible extended school… Read more

Readiness tool launched to assist Michigan schools, students during school closure LANSING, Mich. — Recent reports indicate nearly 300 million students worldwide are not attending school because of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Increasingly, schools in Michigan are beginning to explore strategies… Read more

The article “Michigan Virtual, College Board team up to expand AP access to high schoolers” — originally published in MLive on March 6, 2020 — overviews the partnership between Michigan Virtual and the College Board to strengthen AP access… Read more

This article was published in the Laredo Morning Times on March 3, 2020 Non-Profit College Board and Michigan Virtual partner to expand AP access to students across the state LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Virtual today announced a new initiative… Read more

RFQ: Summer Minecraft Experience

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Are you skilled in Minecraft: Education Edition and interested in helping to build an engaging and fun summer learning experience? Michigan Virtual is seeking a contractor to develop a Minecraft summer learning experience for 3rd through 8th graders using… Read more

Published in Global Newswire on February 20, 2020 D2L Chosen to Provide Learning Management by Michigan Virtual Kitchener, Waterloo, Feb. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global learning technology leader D2L announced today that Michigan Virtual has selected D2L’s Brightspace… Read more

The article “E-learning in Ontario: Way of the future or an ineffective teaching model?” — originally published in Canada’s Globe and Mail on February 12, 2020 — explores research on the promise and pitfalls of e-Learning in light of Ontario’s proposed online learning requirement and includes quotations from an interview with our vice president, Joe Friedhoff, and citations from the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute.

The editorial “Choose the right school for your child” — originally published in the Lansing State Journal on January 29, 2020 — expresses author Andrew R. Campanella’s view that parents ought to carefully consider what schooling options are most… Read more

MARION, Mich. – Marion Elementary School has been named a 2019 National ESEA Distinguished School, a distinction that only up to 100 schools throughout the country receive annually, by the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA). “Marion… Read more

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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.