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  • According to Ms. Kendra Simasek (personal communication, October 12, 2011), the followingarethe beliefs and foundation upon which the school has been built:Every student is unique, so learning should be dynamic, flexible and engaging. Studies should be integrated rather than isolated. Students, parents, community members, and schools share responsibility for learning. Students should have choices in how they learn and how they present what they know. Students should be provided guidance with school and career planning. Assessments should provide insights not only of student progress but also of instruction and curriculum.
  • According to Kendra Simasek (personal communication, October 12, 2011), Florida Virtual School offers what they call “rolling enrollment” which gives students to enroll in any class, any day of the year. FLVS is an established leader in developing and providing virtual K‐12 education solutions. As a state funded public internet‐based school, FLVS provides engaging online courses for students throughout the state of Florida in grades 6 through 12. Providing students a choice in how, when and where they learn is paramount to their mission. (Counseling for Future Education Handbook, 2010-2011).
  • Julie Young is not only the President and Chief Executive Officer but also helped launch the Florida Virtual School. Her objective was to provide “high quality, online courses to students throughout the State of Florida”. (Florida Virtual Schools, 2011). Florida Virtual School has become “the largest provider of Internet-based courseware and instruction for middle and high school students in Florida and around the globe”. (Florida Virtual School, 2011).The rest of the Executive leaders are:Pam BirtoloChief Learning OfficerMs. Birtolo has presented the concepts of distance learning to national audiences and has been published in educational journals. She serves on the Board of Directors of NACOL and is a certified Baldrige examiner.Holly SaguesChief Strategist and Policy OfficerSince 1998, Ms. Sagues has lived the mission and core values of Florida Virtual School. Today, she is a vital resource to her school's President and Chief Executive Officer and the Leadership Team.Linda PetersChief Human Resources OfficerAs the Chief Human Resources Officer for Florida Virtual School, Linda Peters is committed to quality programs to include recruitment, retention, teacher certification, employee benefits, employee relations, employment services, HR operations and compensation/salary administration.George LatimerChief Special Projects OfficerHenry BoekhoffChief Financial OfficerAndy RossGeneral Manager - Global Services Division, FLVSAs the General Manager, Mr. Ross is responsible for broadening the presence of his school in the national and international educational marketplace. Mr. Ross plans and executes strategies that identify potential clientele and their needs, as well as mutually beneficial business partnerships.Roy PennellChief Information OfficerDuring the past twenty years, Roy Pennell has built a comprehensive IT career founded on a commitment to supporting the mission of his employer, while staying current on the most advanced IT tools available. Today, Mr. Pennell continues the journey at a unique school with an unlimited horizon.Casandra NielsenVice President of Communications & MarketingCassie Nielsen believes that effective communication is a purposeful, two-way dialogue. By merging the talents of the FLVS Marketing, Foundation, Communication, and Market Research teams, she creates the kind of communication that produces a clear picture of current market needs, as well as objective data for how best to respond to those needs. Cecilia LopezVice President of Florida ServicesCecilia Lopez believes strongly that integrity and trust build great teams and relationships. In her 15 years in educational publishing, she has fostered and built relationships with district leaders and teachers as well as create highly motivated and successful sales teams. (http://www.flvs.net/areas/aboutus/Pages/Administrators.aspx)
  • The Advisory Board is composed of corporate professionals who collaborate by bringing their knowledge and expertise to the Florida Virtual School with the objective of enhancing the students’ learning experiences and their current and future perspectives. Through their collaboration, they work to try to come up with ideas to face the challenges that arise. The Advisory Board meets quarterly via conference call. (Florida Virtual School, 2011).
  • The Board of Trustees:The Florida Virtual School operates under the guidance of a Board of Trustees consisting of seven members appointed by the Governor. The 2000 Florida Legislature created the Board in law and state policy for the Florida Virtual School (s. 228.082, F.S.).The seven members are honorable citizens of our communities whose professions go from bank managers to University Professors. The Florida Statue 102.37 states that , “The board of trustees of the Florida Virtual School shall identify appropriate performance measures and standards based on student achievement that reflect the school’s statutory mission and priorities, and shall implement an accountability system for the school that includes assessment of its effectiveness and efficiency in providing quality services that encourage high student achievement, seamless articulation, and maximum access”. (Online Sunshine, 2011)
  • The 2002 Florida School Code adopted by the Florida Legislature provides parents and students with numerous statutory rights for educational choice. Those related to Florida Virtual School are listed below:Section 1002.20(6), F.S., regarding K12 student and parent rights includes the Florida Virtual School as an option for parental choice. Section 1002.37(3)(c), F.S., clearly states that districts may not limit student access to courses offered by the Florida Virtual School. Section 1001.42(15)(a), F.S., includes as a duty of the district school board the requirement to adopt procedures to inform the general public of the educational programs, needs, and objectives of public education, including the educational opportunities available through the Florida Virtual School. Section 1001.42(21), F.S., lists as a duty of the district school board, to provide students with access to enroll in courses available through the Florida Virtual School and to award credit for successful completion. It also stipulates that access shall be available to students during or after the school day and during summer school enrollment. Section 1003.02(1)(i), F.S., requires school boards to notify parents at the beginning of the school year about acceleration mechanisms, including the opportunity and benefits of Florida Virtual School courses. Section 1003.03(3)(b), F.S., relating to maximum class size requirements provides, as an implementation option, the adoption of policies to encourage students to take courses from the Florida Virtual School. Section 1000.04(4), F.S., designates the Florida Virtual School as a component of the delivery of public education within Florida’s K-20 education system. Section 1007.27(1), F.S., states that it is the intent of the legislature that a variety of articulated acceleration mechanisms be available to public secondary and postsecondary students and lists the Florida Virtual School as one of those acceleration options. (Florida Department of Education, 2005)
  • For information on specific course offering visit the Florida Virtual School website (http://www.flvs.net/areas/flvscourses/Pages/default.aspx)
  • “Coursework blends both online and offline content, and is done from a structured home environment where parents are responsible for taking attendance. Combine these stellar courses with strong parental involvement, top-notch instructors, and the flexibility of online learning, and you have a perfect mix for student success.” (Florida Virtual School Full Time, 2011). It is free of charge as the FLVS FT program is part of the Florida public school system.
  • (Florida Virtual Schools, 2011)
  • Elective courses are not approved by NCAA as they are not part of their college entrance requirements. (Florida Virtual School, 2011).
  • For more information visit:The Home School Legal Defense Association (http://www.hslda.org/)The FLVS Homeschooler information page (http://www.flvs.net/Students/Pages/Homeschoolers.aspx)
  • For more information on awards visit FLVS website: http://www.flvs.net/areas/aboutus/Pages/Awards.aspx
  • For the 2010-11 school year evaluation , FLVS hired Optimal Performance, Inc. to conduct a Student Survey, an Exit Survey (for students who withdraw) a Parent Survey, a School Survey, and a District Survey to gather data about the quality of FLVS services. The Executive Summary provides an overview of areas such as FLVS staff, course rigor and quality, and overall quality. (Florida Virtual School, 2011)
  • Student EnrollmentFLVS served around 122,000 students in 259,928 half-credit enrollments in the 2010-11 school year. Enrollment is available to public, private, and home school students. Students outside Florida enroll on a tuition basis. (Florida Virtual School, 2011). For Complete information on enrollment visit the Virtual Florida School website document: http://www.flvs.net/areas/aboutus/Documents/EnrollmentSummary.pdf
  • Student EnrollmentFLVS served around 122,000 students in 259,928 half-credit enrollments in the 2010-11 school year. Enrollment is available to public, private, and home school students. Students outside Florida enroll on a tuition basis. (Florida Virtual School, 2011). For Complete information on enrollment visit the Virtual Florida School website document: http://www.flvs.net/areas/aboutus/Documents/EnrollmentSummary.pdf

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  • University of Maryland University CollegeTeaching and Learning in the K-12 Virtual School Virtual School Case Study Ivana Nazar-Olaciregui Fall 2011
  • “Any time, any place, any path, any pace”.(Florida Virtual School, 2011). http://circus.fsu.edu/images/virtual_school.jpg
  • A Little Bit About FLVS
  • Mission“To deliver a high quality, technology-based education that provides the skills and knowledge students need for success”(Florida Virtual School, 2011)
  • Vision Individual Pace Personalized Instruction “Rolling Enrollment” Global Awareness Communication Tools http://www.missiontolearn.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/online-learning- resources.jpg(Birtolo, McElman, and Young, 2009, pp. 14-15)
  • Organizational Structure Board of Trustees Executive Leadership Advisory(Florida Virtual School, 2011) Board
  • Chief Learning Officer Executive Chief Strategy & Policy Officer Leadershi p Chief HR Officer Chief Special Projects Officer President& CEO: Chief Financial Officer Ms. Young Chief Information Officer General Manager Global Services VP of Communication & Marketing(Florida Virtual School, 2011) Vice President of Florida Services
  • Advisory Board http://blog2.shoutem.com/wp- content/uploads/2009/07/team_1front.jpg Brainstorm and discuss ideas Improve learning process & expand opportunities for FLVS opportunities(Florida Virtual School, 2011)
  • Board of Trustees Dr. Ziegler Ms. Martin Chairman Dr. Williams Mr. Murin Mrs. Young- Middlemas Ms. Jallad Ms. Nemecek(Florida Virtual School, 2011)
  • Regulatory Environment Polic yAccording to the Florida K-20 Education Code(s.1002.20) parents have the right to chooseeducational options such as FLVS for their children.(FLDOE, 2005)
  • Regulatory Environment(Cont.) 1002.37 The Florida Virtual School:(1)(a) For development and delivery of online anddistance learning education.1(b) To provide technology-based educationalopportunities to gain the knowledge and skillsnecessary to succeed.(Online Sunshine, 2011).
  • Regulatory Environment (ContSome statutes relating to FLVS as a School ChoiceOption:Section 1002.20(6), F.S., rights.Section 1002.37(3)(c), F.S., no limit to student accessSection 1001.42(15)(a), F.S., inform the general public.Section 1001.42(21), F.S., access to enrollSection 1003.03(3)(b), F.S., policies to encouragestudents Section 1007.27(1), F.S., FLVS as an acceleration option.(Florida Department of Education, 2005)
  • Funding• FEFP based on successful completions.• 2009-2010: $469 per student per semester - total of$101.3 million.• 2010-11: $432 per semester course - total of $116.7million.• 1.4% add-on to FT for public school students notcompleting their courses.(Watson, Murin, Vashaw, Gemin, and Rapp, 2010, pp.71-72),
  • Course Offerings Students from all over the worldWorld LanguagesCore SubjectsAdvance Placemen Electives Honors(Florida Virtual School, 2011)
  • Scope of Offering Florida Virtual School (FLVS) Classic •Primarily part-time •Year-round operation •Grades 6-12 (public, private and home education) •Grades 4-5 (public school middle school courses)(Florida Department of Education, 2005)
  • Scope of Offering (Cont.) FLVS Full Time •Grade K-12 •School-year calendar •State-level full-time public school •Also available to school district and virtual charter schools(Florida Department of Education, 2005)
  • Accreditation Full Accredited by: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools(SACS) & The commission of International Trans-Regional Accreditation(Florida Virtual School, 2011)
  • Accreditation (Cont.)All courses except the elective ones approved by NCAA
  • Accreditation (Cont.) FLVS does not currently grant a diploma. Credits can be transferred to the students local schoolHome school students: throughan "umbrella school" http://www.iisecurity.in/images/Virtual-Live-Border.jpg (Florida Virtual School, 2011)
  • Awards FLVS has been the recipient of numerous important award 2011: •Champion at 6th Annual Sterling Conference Storyboard Competition. •Platinum IMS Learning Impact Award. •Learning 100 Award Recipient, sponsored by Elearning! Media Group. •Dianna Miller Finalist for Online K-12 Teacher of the Year Award.(Florida Virtual School, 2011)
  • Student Support•Student Advisement Center: Academic &Career.•Student Activities: 15+ studentclubs, contests, celebrations & webminars.•Resources: Orientations, technicalsupport, virtual library, newspaper & Internetsafety.(Florida Virtual School, 2011)
  • VoicesAccording to the FLVS Executive Summary (2011):•“It is hard because it is time consuming withexperiments and assignments but fun and challenging, Ilove it.” (p.6).•“My son has Aspersers Syndrome so even though wehit bumps slower rate of work occasionally, this awonderful opportunity for a child in his situation. “(p.9).“I believe this is a remarkable program and beneficial toour students / families. It removes the „cookie cutter‟from education and is more adaptable to the individualstudent.” (p.12)
  • (Florida Virtual School Executive Summary, 2011, p. 11)
  • Student Enrollment For Fiscal Year 2010-2011•Half-Credit Course Completions 259,928 •Physical Students Completed 122,702 (Florida Virtual School, 2011) http://virtualschool.scps.k12.fl.us/images/scvs1_15. gif
  • Student Enrollment (Cont.)Student Enrollments by School TypePublic & Charter School 69%Home School 25%Private School 6%Student Enrollments by RaceCaucasian 57%Minority 43%Student Enrollments by GenderFemale 57%Male 43%(Florida Virtual School, 2011)
  • (Florida Virtual School, 2011)
  • FLVS Staff •Over 1400 faculty members & Staff from FL and beyond. •All FLVS teachers hold a FL teaching certificate. •FLVS Provides Staff Development. •25 national board certified teachers. •Experts(Florida Virtual School, 2011) http://media.kitsapsun.com/media/img/photos/2011/09/26/420110926194813001_t6 07.JPG
  • A FLVS Teaching Experience
  • “In approximately4 years, 10% of allcourses will becomputer basedand by 2019, 50%of all courses willbe online.”(As cited inBurgess-Watkins, 2011, p.1) http://www.grandforksherald.com/media/full/jpg/2009/12/19/topic-virtual- school_shir.jpg
  • ReferenceBirtolo, P., McElman, R., and Young, J. (2009). Virtual success:Transforming education through online learning, 36(5), 12-17. RetrievedOctober 15, 2011, from Education Research Complete.Burgess-Watkins, K. (2011). Online learning opportunities for K-12students in Florida’s Nassau County, 8(2), 1-7. Retrieved October 22,2011, from Education Research Complete.Florida Department of Education. (2005). FLVS statutes. Retrievedfrom http://www.fldoe.org/schools/virtual-schools/statutes.aspFlorida Virtual School. (2011). About us . Retrieved from http://www.flvs.net/areas/aboutus/Pages/default.aspx
  • Reference (Cont.)Florida Virtual School. (2011). Course information . Retrieved from http://www.flvs.net/areas/flvscourses/Pages/default.aspxFlorida Virtual School. (2011). Educators . Retrieved from http://www.flvs.net/educators/Pages/default.aspxFlorida Virtual School. (2011). Executive summary . Retrieved from http://www.flvs.net/areas/aboutus/Annual%20Evaluations/Exec2011.pOnline Sunshine. (2011). Florida Statutes. Retrieved from http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Welcome/index.cfm?CFID=233142020&CFTOKEN=8321068Watson, J., Murin, A., Vashaw, L., Gemin, B., and Rapp, C. (2010). Keep with K-12 online learning: An annual review of policy and practice. Re October 3, 2011, from http://www.kpk12.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/KeepingPaceK12_2010.pdf