Partner Communications

November 2020

Below is a list of announcements featuring Michigan Virtual‘s current promotions. This page is designed to make it easier for our partner organizations to promote our content in upcoming emails, social media posts, website announcements, etc. Next to each announcement you will see sharing options that will allow you to easily post this information in the formats of your choice.
 
Thank you for your partnership. Because of you, we’re able to have a greater impact on Michigan educators by providing resources that help them improve and innovate learning for their students.

Sincerely,

Anne Craft Signature for letter to partners

Anne Craft

Executive Director of Outreach

Michigan Virtual

Student Courses

Michigan Virtual’s Spring 2021 courses are now open for enrollment! You can explore their calendar and course catalog to view which of their 250+ online courses for grades 6-12 will be available for 20-week (semester) and 13-week (trimester) terms. Every course is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, so it is recommended that those interested in enrolling do so early to secure their registrations.

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For Teachers

Do you have questions you’d like to ask a seasoned online teacher or instructional designer? Michigan Virtual is piloting Virtual Office Hours,” a free opportunity for you to schedule a virtual appointment and receive 1:1 personalized support from an advisor who’s been there. Schedule a free appointment →

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For many teachers, the abrupt shift to remote teaching has been a challenging one. If you’re looking for practical strategies for improving the quality of your online instruction, check out Michigan Virtual‘s free online professional development series on “Transitioning to Remote Learning” and “National Online Standards.” In these free courses, you’ll learn strategies you can try out in your virtual classroom tomorrow! Explore courses →

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For Administrators

For a limited time, we’re offering Michigan schools & districts the opportunity to design a customized mental health & SEL portal for their school community for a nominal fee of $1000. In addition to access to digital lessons, you’ll receive district/school-specific branding, custom reporting, single sign-on, and more. Customize your program →

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For many teachers, the abrupt shift to remote teaching has been a challenging one. If you’re looking for practical strategies for improving the quality of your online instruction, check out Michigan Virtual‘s free online professional development series on “Transitioning to Remote Learning” and “National Online Standards.” In these free courses, you’ll learn strategies you can try out in your virtual classroom tomorrow! Explore courses →

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From Our Blog

“Student-centered learning” is a phrase used often in education, but what does it really mean? See a full breakdown of this transformative concept in Michigan Virtual’s multi-part blog series that takes a deep dive into key components and examples of student-centered learning. Start at the beginning →

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The dream of education has ALWAYS been student-centered learning. As cracks in our education system are revealed, let’s not forget to keep our eyes firmly fixed on this horizon. This article from Michigan Virtual’s blog draws on inspiration from educational leaders around the nation to articulate a vision for the future of learning and what needs to happen for us to arrive there. Read more →

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From Our Podcast

The Digital Backpack podcast, powered by Michigan Virtual, is dedicated to sharing tips and tricks for educators as they navigate their journey through online and blended learning. Join host, Jeff Gerlach, as he discovers new tools and resources for classroom use, talks to practitioners who are doing great things with their students, and has some fun! In the most recent episodes, Jeff talks design thinking with Ariel Raz,  redesigning learning with Adam Rubin, diversity in education with Dr. Jay Marks, and SEL during a pandemic with Lauren Kazee. View all episodes →

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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.