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Welcome, Committee Members!. iNACOL Southeastern Regional Committee Webinar April 11, 2013. Committee Chair Debi Crabtree CEO, Village Virtual LLC www.villagevirtual.com. Updates!.

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welcome committee members
Welcome, Committee Members!

iNACOL Southeastern Regional Committee


April 11, 2013

Committee Chair Debi Crabtree

CEO, Village Virtual LLC




Do you remember the discussion last November about a possible name change for the Virtual School Symposium?
  • After months of discussions, a new name has been agreed upon…so, it is no longer the Virtual School Symposium…
  • Now it is…

The iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

  • Or
  • The iNACOL Symposium

And with our new logo:



New iNACOL Website is Up!

new website


New Website
  • Titles of sections better reflect what we do
  • Easier navigation for users; easier back end for updating.
  • Easier to find resources and includes search feature
  • Beginning Symposium information (hotel info) available, rest to be populated in April
register yourself on the website
Register yourself on the website
  • Use the same email address you used to become a member
  • Provides access to members only sections including:
    • Discounts on publications and conference
    • Members only Forum
    • Archived webinar recordings


Upcoming [FREE] Webinars in April

  • Leadership – April 10th: Online Teacher Training Programs: Pedagogy & Strategy
  • Research – April 16th: Understanding Quest-Based Learning
  • Special – April 17th – K-12 Online Learning in Canada
  • Teacher Talk – April 18th: A Conversation with the National Online Teacher of the Year

Register on the new website at: http://www.inacol.org/events/webinars/

any legislative updates from you


Any legislative updates from you?
  • Questions, Thoughts?
  • rdarrow@inacol.org

Today’s Presenter

Susan TigertDirector of the Integrated Education & Technology Program stigert@christacademywf.orgloves teaching English and Speech on the secondary level.HaS two children, Matthew and Brenden, who also attend the school.loveSto read, travel, and spend time with family. Susan says The best part about being a teacher at Christ Academy is watching her students not only grow academically but most of all spiritually.

online learning

Online Learning:

A Promising Future for Small, Private Schools

presented by

Presented by:

Susan Tigert – IET Director at Christ Academy, Wichita Falls, TX

struggles for small private schools
Struggles for Small, private schools:
  • Finances
  • Facilities
  • Faculty



Classroom Space for individual grades

Creating space for integrated classes

  • Unable to support a full staff for traditional high school
  • Limited course offerings with limited staff
iet program at christ academy
IET Program at Christ academy
  • IET – Integrated Education and Technology Program
    • Completing second year of online program
    • 38 students – 9-12 grades
    • 1st graduating class
    • Currently use Sevenstar Academy for online provider
    • Offer on-campus electives – Studio Art, Pottery, and Business Ethics
    • Competitive Athletics
    • Accredited through ACSI
what makes christ academy unique
What makes Christ academy unique:
  • Certified teachers in Tech Center
  • Small teacher-student ratio
  • More individualized learning
  • All teachers are academic advisors
what makes christ academy unique1
What makes Christ academy unique:
  • Incentive Programs:
    • On pace and passing all classes – NO Fridays!
    • On pace and passing all classes – may leave at 2:05 daily
    • Opportunity to finish semester early (three weeks off at Christmas)
what makes christ academy unique2
What makes Christ academy unique:
  • Flexibility in Scheduling:
    • Focus on quality learning and not seat time
    • No bell schedule
    • Students can work ahead on course work
    • Opportunities for dual credit classes at our local universities
    • Start time of 8:50 am
  • Hands-on Science Labs:
what makes christ academy unique3
What makes Christ academy unique:
  • Structured Math Classes:
  • Small Group Discussion:
it s a real high school
It’s a “Real” High school
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook
  • Prom
  • Community Service
it s a real high school1
It’s a “Real” High school
  • Mentoring program with elementary
  • Studio Art program
it s a real high school2
It’s a “Real” High school

*Competitive Athletics


TAPPS State Champions in Volleyball

it s a real high school3
It’s a “real” high school
  • Small group work
  • Academic rigor
  • Midwestern State mentors
  • Dual credit classes
current successes
Current successes:
  • 1st graduating class
    • For 7 of our 12 graduates, over 15 major universities have accepted them – Schools such as Baylor, Vanderbilt, SMU, and Oklahoma State University
    • Standardized testing scores:
future for our program
Future for our program:
  • More elective choices:
    • Art
    • Technology
    • Business
  • Seminar approach
    • College readiness skills
  • Student growth and retention
  • Continued professional development - iNacol

Contact information

    • Susan Tigert
    • stigert@christacademywf.org