Legislators Need to Understand How Online Students School Online

I am appreciative of the policy makers who take the time out of their very busy day to better understand something that they ultimately will be voting on; a vote which may affect the lives of thousands.

Several weeks ago my children and I did a demonstration for 3 legislators showing how we school online. A Colorado Virtual Academy teacher attended as well to share the role that the teacher plays in the online model bringing together the importance of the partnership between the parent, student, and teacher to ensure student success in the online school. Thank you to Rep Ken Summers, Rep Libby Szabo, and Rep Robert Ramirez for taking the time to learn more about how we school online.

There are many misunderstandings about online education, one of them being just how students school online from a home base.  It’s not uncommon for one of my children’s friends to say, “Wow, you’re so lucky that you school at home so you don’t have to do work.”  And as a parent I’m not left out of the equation either when it comes to the many misconceptions about the parent’s role as learning coach and mentor.

In actuality, my children are dedicated to their studies and committed to this online public school option.  They have online classes to attend each and every day, daily online quizzes and/or unit exams, and written work that needs to be scanned and submitted to their teacher for feedback and grading. Throughout the year they have research papers, essays, science labs, and semester exams.  Students devote many hours to their studies in order to be successful, and parents as well must devote many hours to their children to ensure they reach their academic potential.

A parent’s role is vital to the success of their children, whether they attend traditional public school, online school, private school, or homeschool.   In the online model though, parents are home with the student assuming numerous daily responsibilities to ensure their child is succeeding academically and developing meaningful relationships.

At a time when Colorado online schools, 2% of the Colorado public school population have been a spotlight in the media, I appeal to policy makers to get informed about how online schools work by visiting with those who know it best, our students, our parents, and our teaches.

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  1. Tillie Elvrum says:

    I think live demonstrations to legislator is one of the most imporant things we can do as cyberschool families. Thanks to you and your family, Lori…I’m sure they were quite impressed with your school, your teacher, and your wonderful students.

  2. Hey Lori! I almost thought I had the wrong blog! I guess it’s been a while since I have visited! Sorry about that! I will definitely try and do better. Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier. I know the last few posts have been rather lengthy, but they are necessary, so if one can leave my blog even remember one or two things from my blog or “God’s Word”, then I feel as though it accomplished something. I’m by the purpose of my blog as you are your’s. Your Cyber Schooling is so important, and needed. As is God’s Word.

    God Bless!

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