Build capacity & empower local staff to teach online

With a collaborative partnership through Michigan Virtual

Empower your staff

Your school or district can build capacity and empower local staff to teach online with our new collaborative partnership model. You’ll receive access to our award-winning online course content AND ongoing professional development for your staff on effective practices for online pedagogy. The real magic happens when YOUR students get to take online courses taught by YOUR teachers.

How it works

Why partner with us?

Content available year-long*

When you purchase online course content through a collaborative partnership, you get access to this content for an entire year, including the summer semester. *Some courses are designed to be one semester in length(e.g., Civics, Health, etc.)

Ability to modify online courses

Your teachers will have the ability to manipulate and modify online courses to local standards and personal preferences. This ability gives them the freedom over the curriculum they desire without the stress of developing all necessary course materials themselves.

Ongoing professional development

When we say we’re going to train your staff in effective practices for online learning, we’re not talking about a one-time event. You and your staff will receive comprehensive, introductory training and access to ongoing professional development for the entirety of your time as a collaborative partner.

Dedicated support team

You won’t need to call a 1-800 number to get help during this partnership. Instead, you’ll be assigned to a dedicated implementation support liaison who will be your point of contact. In addition, staff will have access to veteran full-time instructors knowledgeable in our courses, content, and online instruction.

Flexible pricing

Whether you’re looking to offer a handful of online courses at your school/district or are seeking to establish a full-fledged virtual program, our pricing model is flexible enough to accommodate a wide variety of needs.

Collaboration, not competition

Learn how a collaborative partnership allowed districts in St. Clair County to work together to provide localized online learning. Rather than competing with one another for online options, the districts began to collaborate to the benefit of staff and students.

Kevin Miller
Superintendent, St. Clair County RESA

“Through this partnership with Michigan Virtual, St. Clair County teachers have access to additional professional development opportunities, both online and face-to-face, with other Michigan Virtual instructors. And school districts are further developing the talented teachers they already employ by training them to deliver content and connect with students in a new, effective way. We’re able to offer students a greater variety of classes and more flexibility in selecting classes, and our students experience the benefits.”

Kevin Miller <br / ><small>Superintendent, St. Clair County RESA
Kevin Miller
Superintendent, St. Clair County RESA
“Through this partnership with Michigan Virtual, St. Clair County teachers have access to additional professional development opportunities, both online and face-to-face, with other Michigan Virtual instructors. And school districts are further developing the talented teachers they already employ by training them to deliver content and connect with students in a new, effective way. We’re able to offer students a greater variety of classes and more flexibility in selecting classes, and our students experience the benefits.”
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The professional development experience

The training that you and your staff will receive through this partnership goes beyond a singular, one-and-done training event. Instead, this experience is continuous, ongoing, and as-needed.

Here’s a sneak peek into what
this professional development looks like:

Introductory training for staff (20 SCECHs)

A comprehensive, introductory training course in which staff will learn how to utilize the Brightspace LMS, leverage effective practices for online pedagogy, and modify online courses to fit their needs.

Onboarding for school leaders

An optional, 2-hour onboarding course for administrators that overviews effective practices for online learning, using the Brightspace LMS, program management, and more.

Monthly meetups for administrators

Monthly opportunities for administrators to meet with peers from around the state in a lightly facilitated discussion

Monthly PD sessions for staff

Monthly 1-hour training sessions led by experienced online instructors on topics pertinent to online classrooms.

Instructional support

Access to experienced Michigan Virtual teachers for questions regarding online teaching practices.

Monthly newsletters

A monthly newsletter with as-needed updates, ed-tech suggestions, Brightspace tips and tricks, and more.

Mentor support

Support for the mentors of online learners (a distinct role from teachers) which includes training, resources, and an online community.

Reap the benefits of 20 years of online learning

For the past two decades, we’ve been researching, testing, and implementing effective practices for engaging students in virtual classrooms. As Michigan’s authority in online education and a nonprofit organization driven by student success, we train and employ hundreds of full-time or part-time Michigan educators who teach our online courses to students across the state from Marquette to Monroe. 

By joining us in a collaborative partnership, you reap the benefits of 20 years of online learning experience, which we’ll share with you and your staff. Whether you’re looking to provide a handful of online courses at your school/district or are seeking to establish a full-fledged virtual program, we’ll be by your side as a learning partner every step of the way.

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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.