Online Learning: A 20 Year Journey

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If you asked me 20 years ago where I saw myself in the future, I’m not sure I would have said I’d be at Florida Virtual School (FLVS) as a Communications Specialist. My love of writing came while in second grade when my teacher, Mrs. Kast, told me I was a natural writer, so the communications part fits. But 20 years ago, I did not have a clue what a virtual school was.

Neither did most of the world.

The notion that a virtual classroom could be brought to life solely online came to fruition through a grant between two districts, some innovative thinkers, and legislative support. FLVS started with 5 high school courses and 77 enrollments. Everyone watched and waited to see if students could achieve academic success. In addition to student learning gains, teachers made wonderful connections with both students and parents—all online.

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