Florida Virtual School Incorporates Face-to-Face Learning
Florida Virtual School incorporates face-to-face approaches
At Florida's Coral Glades High School , 13 classes of students take an online course in world history through the Florida Virtual School. Though the coursework is online and the instructor virtual, students see their teacher in person during weekly class visits. The students have another face-to-face support as well: a classroom facilitator who keeps them on track, helps with technical problems, and takes attendance.
The Florida Virtual School , the nation's largest state-sponsored online K-12 school, has always been quick to adapt to trends, but now the most-established virtual public school in the country is venturing into a blended learning model that is in growing demand. The move is in part the effect of market forces, as the FLVS strives to meet the needs of school districts, and in part the evolution of the blended model, which mixes face-to-face instruction and virtual learning.
Facing state-mandated class-size restrictions and a state requirement that all students take an online course before graduation, districts are turning to Florida Virtual to help meet both those obligations. The implementation is not without its kinks, but Steven G. Carruth, the principal of Coral Glades High, in the 258,000-student Broward County district, said the option saved him more than $100,000 last year on teachers he would have had to hire to meet class-size requirements, and it has given students the flexibility to work...
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