Vision For Education: Final Project . Caitlin Harrison Post University. PA Cyber Charter School. Founded in 1997 and currently serving the state of Pennsylvania. Provides no cost education for 10,000 students throughout Pennsylvania.
Founded in 1997 and currently serving the state of Pennsylvania.
Provides no cost education for 10,000 students throughout Pennsylvania.
According to a 2013 article by Jan Murphy the PA Cyber Charter School is, “the largest of the state’s 16 cyber charter schools that offer K-12 education over the Internet for no additional cost to parents.”
Educators are futurists and they need to take part in futuring exercises in order to understand the future.
Scanning is an exercise that futurists use in order to understand the future.
According to the Association of Futurists, there are two types of scanning: One method looks at broad world trends in order to understand future events. The other looks for unusual events which will help predict emerging trends.
Online education allows students to attend school on their own time, from any where. This also allows students to take classes that are not offered at brick and mortar schools near them.
According to Bradshaw and Hinton (2004), “Distance education, in being both time and place independent, is an attractive study option for these students who cannot commit to the role of the traditional internal student because of life circumstances.”
Common Core standards are an example of how public policy effects education. According to the National Education Association (2013)the purpose of the Common Core is, “K-12 English Language Arts/Literacy and Math standards that will create a clear, consistent level of knowledge for our public school students no matter where they live.”
Educational funding is an example of an economic trend that effects education. Without proper funding, schools are unable to provide proper education for their students.
The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School will face many challenges in the future.
In order to prepare for change the school should follow the following steps.
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Long , C. (2013). 5 facts: Making common sense of the common core. Retrieved from http://www.nea.org/home/56587.htm.
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Murphy , J. (2013, 08 23). Pa cyber charter school education nearly 2,000 midstate students . Penn Live. Retrieved from http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/08/ pa_cyber_charter_school_educat.html
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