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Yes, Virtual Schools Teach Music – Here's How!

Erin Shrout (right) is a music teacher for grades 6-12 at the Insight School of Kansas. 

I have taught music for Insight School of Kansas for the last seven years. I teach grades 6-12, as well as adult students working to get their high school diplomas. Before teaching virtually, I taught kindergarten through fifth grade music in a brick and mortar school. 

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GCA 8th Grader Delivers 5,050 More Books to Support Literacy Efforts in Africa

Damácia Howard Hopes to Top Goal of One Million Donated Books


Written by Jenna Needham

Hard to believe but Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) 8th grader and Miss Georgia Pre-Teen Queen Damácia Howard has done it again, donating 5,050 more books to the Books for Africa warehouse in Atlanta on Friday. Damácia has worked closely with this organization, donating 5,000 books last year alone.

“Damácia has set a goal of donating one million books,” said her mother, Regina Howard. “It’s going to take a lot of time, but it is something she can definitely work at. GCA provides Damácia with the schedule flexibility and strong academic foundation to accomplish her dreams. ”

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Tweens and Tots 'Read for the Record' at WIVA

Shawna Stueck teaches grades Kindergarten through second grade at Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA).

The WIVA K-2 team recently participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record (RFTR) for the first time.  Read for the Record is a national campaign that exists to promote and address educational inequities that often leave children unprepared for kindergarten, particularly the development of strong foundational literacy skills.  Each year, the RFTR campaign selects a quality story that supports early literacy in young children, and schools across the country sign up to participate in reading the story and promote additional literacy activities in the child’s home environment through extension resources supplied to parents.     

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Holiday Giving Sparks Learning in Washington State

Andrea Teske is a high school English teacher at Insight School of Washington.

Did you know that one in five kids in the state of Washington lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table? Teachers are keenly aware of the impact an empty stomach has on a student trying to learn. When a child is hungry, it is extremely challenging for them to focus on school and pay attention to lessons.

Last week, I hosted an evening event at the West Seattle Public Library for prospective and currently enrolled families K12-powered families. I brought along my eleven-year-old son so he could meet families and understand the importance of giving back to the community. For currently enrolled families, I had a holiday craft set up so families could socialize while making a fox coffee cozy. For prospective families, I answered questions about online learning and the two K12-powered schools in Washington State---Washington Virtual Academy (K-12) and Insight School of Washington (9-12).

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FPCSO Students Visit the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Suzanne Conway is an elementary and middle school English teacher at FCSO and a teacher ambassador. 

Our students at Friendship Public Charter School Online (FPCSO) recently visited the Museum of Natural History to study the natural world in an integrative and collaborative way. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade, who normally greet each other in their virtual classrooms, were excited to see each other live, in such a dynamic and inspirational place where we could all witness some of the most fascinating aspects of our natural world.  Our students have been studying such diverse, science-related topics as habitats, plants, animals, geography, rocks and minerals, fossils, and geological time, all of which are subjects showcased in various exhibits at the museum.