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Over the last 20 years, technology has opened the door to a far more flexible and personalized approach to learning. Millions of people have taken advantage of MOOCs, microcredentials and distance learning, not to mention countless informal modes of instruction ranging from podcasts to ebooks. This has all been a welcome development for the growing number of students who find that online, personalized instruction works better for them than does the traditional classroom. Today, roughly 5 million K–12 students take at least one course online, and more than 300,000 students attend a public online school full-time.

This has been a revolutionary development for a public education system that remained essentially unchanged for 200 years. As we are only beginning to discover the true potential of online learning, providers like us have a responsibility to ensure that it continues to evolve to best meet the needs of every student who chooses it.

Students choose online schools for a multitude of reasons. Some have very few options where they live; others find it hard to succeed in a traditional classroom. Some have social challenges or medical needs, and still others have special circumstances such as a parent in the military or another job that comes with regular moves. Some are academically gifted, and others arrive behind in their education.

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About The Author

Nate Davis

Nate Davis, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors at K12, is a seasoned corporate transformational leader across industries with a record of improving operations, launching innovative new products and building beneficial relationships with legislative and regulatory authorities. Mr. Davis, joined the K12 Board of Directors in 2009, was named Chairman of the Board in June 2012, and added the role of Chief Executive Officer in February 2018. He joined the company from the position of Managing Director of RANND Advisory Group, a consulting group advising venture capital, media, and technology-based firms. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer and President of XM Satellite Radio and was a member of the company's Board of Directors, where he drove growth and innovation as well as improved financial performance and led the company through its merger with Sirius Satellite Radio. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Davis was President and Chief Operating Officer, and board member of XO Communications Inc. Mr. Davis has also held senior executive positions at Nextel Communications (EVP, Network and Technical Services), MCI Telecommunications (Chief Financial Officer and various other management positions) and MCI Metro (Founder, President and Chief Operating Officer). Mr. Davis currently serves on the Board of Directors of Unisys Corporation and the Board of Trustees for RLJ Lodging Trust. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Washington Boys and Girls Club and the Progressive Life Center, an agency that places foster children in homes in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington DC. He also served on the Northern Virginia Roundtable and the Northern Virginia Community Foundation. With a personal passion for serving children and helping them achieve higher levels of success, Mr. Davis founded the JANDT Foundation to aid minority children in attending private and parochial schools in the Washington, DC area. Mr. Davis received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Engineering Computer Science at the Moore School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

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