Equity of College Access — A New Vision of Dual Enrollment For All

For the 54% of Michigan counties that don’t have colleges within their geographic borders, online learning is the only way students can access dual enrollment opportunities.

Online dual enrollment options are changing the game by allowing students across the state to earn college credit and meet Michigan Transfer Agreement requirements. Even schools with a college 10 minutes down the road can reap the benefits of online dual enrollment.

In this webinar, we explore how bringing online dual enrollment to your school can keep students in your building, avoid transportation and scheduling issues, and offer all families in your community affordable opportunities for college access.

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Career Readiness in Computer Programming, Networking, and Cybersecurity

Tuesday, December 10 @ 9 a.m. EST

How can we better prepare our students for careers in I.T.? What can we do, as educators, to provide them with pathways to acquire the technical skills required for performing job duties related to programming, networking, and cybersecurity?

In this free webinar, you’ll hear from Dr. Jim Darga and Rich Lamb about Pinckney Cyber Training Institute’s innovative model for preparing students for careers in I.T., which began as an after-school club and has evolved into a statewide, online program that received national attention for helping students earn career-oriented certifications in the areas of computer programming, networking, and cybersecurity.

You will get a sneak peek inside Pinckney’s cyber training courses and learn more about how you may be able to use CTE funds to offer these online courses to your students.

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How to Build an Effective, Community-Based SEL Program in Your School

Tuesday, November 5 @ 9 a.m. EST

Social emotional learning, or SEL, is the idea that education should go beyond academics. In today’s world, social skills and emotional development aren’t ancillary to an excellent education; they’re a crucial part of it.

But the implementation process goes beyond programming. Communicating the value of social and emotional learning is a vital part of the process. It’s changing the culture of the district. It’s selling SEL.

Join us on Tuesday, November 5 at 9:00 a.m. for a webinar where we’ll hear from Dr. Joe Ricca, Superintendent of White Plains Public School in New York. He will share how he delivered this message and helped his school community embrace social emotional learning.

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Count Day Reporting for Virtual Learners

Thursday, September 26 @ 9 a.m. EST

When count day comes around, it’s important for your district to have a process in place to report your virtual learners and receive appropriate state funding. Join us on Thursday, September 26 for a webinar where special guest, Brian Ciloski, a departmental analyst with MDE, will discuss Michigan laws regarding count day requirements, share best practices for reporting virtual learners, and provide resources that can assist you through this process.


Contact Information:
Brian Ciloski, Departmental Analyst, MDE – [email protected]
Jessica Beagle, Financial Analyst, MDE – [email protected]
Debbie Lynch, Mentor Coordinator, Michigan Virtual – [email protected]

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Boost the Success Rate of Your Online Learners

Tuesday, August 20 @ 9 a.m. EST

Lesson #1: How to Build An Effective Mentoring Program
Over the past 20 years, from both research and experience, we’ve learned a few things about how to boost success rates of online learners, resulting in a student pass rate 25 percentage points higher than the statewide average for virtual learning.

One lesson we’ve learned along the way is this: Mentors play a key role in the success of online learners. In this webinar, we’ll share these best practices, including tips and tricks for supporting mentors as a principal, growing your mentoring program, and dealing with mentor turnover.

Keeping Students on Track in Mathematics

Tuesday, May 14 @ 9 a.m. EST

With four years of required mathematics courses, there is little room for students who fall behind. In this webinar, you will hear from two educators — Jamie DeWitt from NexTech High School and Chris Conant from Idaho Digital Learning — about how they are using digital tools to support at-risk math learners while keeping them on track to graduate.

We’ll discuss common challenges and discover effective ways to:

  • Target knowledge gaps
  • Help students meet grade-level expectations, and
  • Provide early interventions to prevent future failure.
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Creating a Student-Centered Schedule That Works

Tuesday, March 26 @ 9 a.m. EST

Building a master schedule can be one of the biggest logistical challenges administrators face during the year. How do you meet requirements that students need at each level, yet balance that with providing courses they want to explore, all within the constraints of your available teaching staff and infrastructure? How do you personalize the path for each student while staying within your instructional budget and maximizing student achievement?

One district that has achieved a high level of success in this area is Ann Arbor Public Schools, through their A2 Virtual program. Join us on Tuesday, March 26th as we talk to Anthony Lauer, A2 Virtual’s online learning coordinator, about effective ways to:

  • Create a student-centered scheduling process that allows for more flexibility, student choice, and personalization.
  • Differentiate scheduling options for middle and high school students
  • Establish a successful mentoring program in a lab setting for both middle and high school students
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Collaborative, Not Competitive — Reimagining District and County-Wide Online Learning

Schools within the same district or county don’t need to compete with one another for online learning resources. Rather — by hiring local teachers and using our award-winning course content — they can collaborate with one another to teach online students across multiple schools or districts.

This win/win solution has already been successfully implemented in districts around the state, including St. Clair RESA and Gull Lake Community Schools. In this webinar, we walk you through how you can use our collaborative partnership model in your educational community.

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Designing a Highly Effective Online Summer Learning Program

It takes time, energy, and resources to build an effective summer school program. If you want your students to succeed this summer, then you have to start laying the foundation for their success. In this webinar, we share different models for summer school programs, in a way that creates a positive revenue stream or one that’s cost-neutral.

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Social-Emotional Learning and Restorative Justice Solutions

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. Rather than focusing solely on a student’s academic needs, this approach suggests, we have an obligation to tend to a student’s cognitive, physical, behavioral, social and emotional needs as well.

In this webinar, we share the results and key components of Suite360 and how to use and implement in your district.

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Building An Online Credit Recovery Program That Works

In this webinar, we share our journey in developing our Essentials program for online credit recovery and alternative learning. Over the past two years, we have been piloting and revising this program to find a sustainable model that better meets the needs of students who need extra support in order to succeed in their online courses. In this webinar, you’ll learn more about the results and key takeaways from our Essentials pilot study!

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