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How Education Could Become a Unifying Force After a Divisive Election

Written by Nate Davis

Politics is a rough and tumble affair, and this past election will, undoubtedly, go down in history as one of the most divisive in modern American politics.  But at some point campaigns must end and the hard work of governing must begin. The critical question is: Can our nation’s leaders come together in a bipartisan way to get things done?

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Adoptive Family Finds Sanctuary at NCVA


Written by Savannah Norton 


November is National Adoption Month, celebrating all those who have invited a child in need into their families. On the Saturday before Thanksgiving – Nov. 19 – National Adoption Day, kicks off a week of reflection and gratitude for many adoptive families. 


About five years ago, Tammy Thompson and her husband adopted three sisters who, after a painful situation experienced at a young age, have found a safe place to learn in North Carolina Virtual Academy (NCVA) 


The girls suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other disciplinary issues as a result of an unusual upbringing by their biological parents.  The pain still comes out day-to-day in different forms, including daily meltdowns and ongoing anxiety.  


The Thompsons enrolled the three girls - Ashlyn (10), Savannah (9), and Abigail (8) into their local brick-and-mortar school, but it was clear that they weren’t getting the quality of support or teaching style they needed in the traditional classroom setting. 


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The Value of a Diploma: A Profile of a GCA Colleague and Parent


Wendy Oleksinski is a High School Advisor at Georgia Cyber Academy and a K12 Teacher Ambassador.

National Dropout Prevention month is now behind us and it’s a good time to reflect on its meaning. Do you remember your high school graduation ceremony? Can you still feel the pride associated with closing the earliest educational chapters of your lives and embarking on the path toward your future?

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Remembering the Life and Legacy of Barbara Dreyer

Barbara Dreyer, the long-time CEO of Connections Education, died earlier this week. Not only is Barbara’s death a loss for her friends and family, but also for the education reform movement.

Barbara was a tireless advocate for innovation in education and a compassionate woman who cared greatly about helping all students succeed. While K12 and Connections are viewed as competitors, even more we are partners in a greater cause to expand parent choice and educational opportunity for all children. On far more occasions than most know, K12 and Connections worked together to help bring new school options and choices to families across the country. Barbara always encouraged collaboration and teamwork among competitors within the industry – a mark of strong leadership. I was fortunate enough to have talked to Barbara on a number of occasions and, along with others, we talked about establishing an industry advocacy group. In every conversation, I found her to be one of the most insightful, passionate, and knowledgeable influencers in the education space.  

Many of us at K12 were fortunate to call Barbara a friend. Her professional accomplishments and contributions to the digital learning industry were significant and her passion for the work she so loved cannot be overstated. She was a formidable leader with strong views who never shied away from sharing her opinions, whether you agreed with them or not.  Barbara led Connections Education with strength, grace and dignity, especially throughout her long battle with cancer. Her perseverance is her legacy. 

It is no exaggeration to say that many students across this country are benefiting today because of Barbara’s efforts, and while they may never have had the opportunity to know her, she left an indelible imprint on their lives.

All of us at K12 Inc. extend our deepest condolences to Barbara’s family and friends, and to everyone at Connections Education.  We commend you, Barbara, for all you’ve done to help children throughout your life. You will be missed.

Nate Davis

Chairman and CEO, K12 Inc.