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USD 416 offers expanded learning options with virtual learning program

For some students, virtual learning may provide a fit that can’t be found in a traditional classroom. 

Virtual learning options are growing and Louisburg USD 416 has partnered with the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center, aka Greenbush, to offer a virtual learning program for students in grades 9-12 and adults within its district for the 2015-16 school year. “We will be able to provide in-district students with a quality virtual education that is certified by the Kansas State Department of Education, that provides the same core curriculum initiatives and that provides demonstration of student achievement as if they were in the classroom,” said Dr. Brian Biermann, superintendent of USD 416.

For some students, virtual programs offer a form of high-tech homeschooling. For others, online classes are a way to finish their high school education after a suspension or expulsion. Still others perform better in an online environment than in a traditional classroom or may have situations that necessitate flexibility that a traditional classroom setting cannot provide. And for adults it is an opportunity to finish their high school diploma through a program that offers the flexibility of a virtual program with the support of onsite instructors.

Dr. Biermann said students and families seeking online programs often have turned to outside companies in the past because few school districts have been able to offer their own online programs. The availability of virtual programs through Greenbush makes it easier to offer a virtual program for any grade 9-12 or adult student in the district who might need that option. In addition Greenbush provides instructional supports onsite through the Peoria Street Learning Center to ensure that students make progress toward their goal of earning a diploma.

“We believe that blending the flexibility of an asynchronous online learning program with the face-to-face supports of onsite instructors will provide students with the best opportunity to be successful in a virtual program,” Dr. Biermann said.

Don Grosdidier, alternative learning services director for Southeast Kansas Education Service Center - Greenbush, said USD 416 is one of many partner districts that have joined the Greenbush Virtual Center Partnership. Each district that joins the Virtual Learning Center Partnership will have its own full online program complemented by “face-to-face” onsite instructional supports through a virtual learning center. In addition Greenbush can provide each student use of a lap top computer for a $15.00 per semester technology support fee.  Secondary level online courses are developed by Edgenuity, which provides an engaging online and blended learning curriculum for every student.

The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center, nicknamed Greenbush works to provide equal educational opportunities for all students. The Virtual Learning Center Partnership is just one of dozens of programs offered by Greenbush. More information is available at www.greenbush.org.

LINK to further USD 416 Virtual Education Program details 

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For more information, call Leonard Scotto at 785- 542-1278 or Don Grosdidier at 785-979-1495, or email leonard.scotto@greenbush.org, or don.grosdidier@greenbush.org.