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Introduction This report is being published with the report, Helping Online Students Be Successful: Student Perceptions of Online Teacher and On-site Mentor Instructional Support. Both reports start with nearly identical introductions, literature reviews, and method sections. However, the subsequent… Read more

Executive Summary Blended teaching involves combining online and in-person instruction.  There has been significant growth in the demand for blended learning in schools which has increased the need for teachers who know how to teach in a blended learning… Read more

Executive Summary Online learning enrollments are growing in Michigan year over year, and part of meeting the student demand for high quality online courses is training and certifying Michigan teachers with the requisite skills and knowledge to design online… Read more

Introduction Michigan Virtual staff have developed a digital mobile application for use by K-12 teachers. The application serves three basic functions: Serves as a platform for teachers and education professionals to network and connect to other professionals within their… Read more

The Initial Book Study Course: Teaching with Poverty in Mind In 2016, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) asked Michigan Virtual to develop an experience that would extend the learning taking place at a state-wide school improvement conference to… Read more

Executive Summary In this project we explored student behavioral, textual, and limited demographic data retrieved from Michigan Virtual School for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years. One overarching goal was to determine the type of data we could collect… Read more

Abstract This study analyzes national and state enrollment data to examine racial and economic diversity in virtual charter schools (VCS). Previous research shows that VCSs enroll higher percentages of white students and lower percentages of economically disadvantaged students compared… Read more

ABSTRACT Present research has devoted attention to a long-standing problem: how to better serve students who take K-12 online mathematics courses by investigating learner subgroups based on their semester-long learning trajectories. Mixture growth modeling was used to examine month-by-month… Read more

Abstract A recent nationwide study revealed that very few teacher education programs are preparing K-12 online teachers for success in the online learning environment (Archambault et al., 2016), which leaves virtual schools with the need to provide their own… Read more

Table of Contents  Introduction Schools Courses Students Maps Conclusion Appendix A – Methodology Appendix – B School Tables Table B1. 2016-17 Count and Pass Rate of K-12 Virtual Enrollments by Grade Level Table B2. 2016-17 Pass Rate Comparison for… Read more

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