Learn from the best at Blended & Personalized Learning Conference

Assorted Electronics on table

On April 2, 2016, the Highlander Institute and the Christensen Institute showcased the best blended learning implementers from across the nation in Providence, Rhode Island, at the Blended & Personalized Learning Conference.

The conference featured national district, building and classroom leaders answering questions in small, intimate fireside chats along with tactical and hands-on workshops showcasing the step-by-step practices that have led to successful implementation across the country.

Some of the featured experts included:
Richard Culatta, Chief Innovation Officer at the RI Office of Innovation
Beth Rabbitt, Partner at The Learning Accelerator
Alex Hernandez, Partner at the Charter School Growth Fund (CSGF)
Julia Freeland Fisher, Director, Education at Clayton Christensen Institute
Phyllis Lockett, CEO at LEAP Innovations

Some of the featured implementers included:
Rebekah Kim: Principal at Midway Elementary School | Des Moines, WA
Scott Frauenheim: Principal at CICS West Belden & CICS Bucktown | Chicago, IL
Cary Matsouka: Superintendent of Milpitas Unified School District | Milpitas, CA
Jessica Anderson: Teacher at Powell County High School | Deer Lodge, MT


Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute

Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute

The Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) is a non-biased organization that exists to expand Michigan’s ability to support new learning models, engage in active research to inform new policies in online and blended learning, and strengthen the state’s infrastructures for sharing best practices. MVLRI works with all online learning environments to develop the best practices for the industry as a whole.

The Digital Backpack

Get our latest articles sent straight to your inbox every Thursday!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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.