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School of Choice for Teachers

Thanks to Schools of Choice programs in Michigan, students are afforded the opportunity to choose a school environment that best meets their learning needs. These programs also offer our state’s educators opportunities to teach in environments that are best suited for them. Just as some teachers flourish in a traditional school, there are those who prefer teaching at a virtual public school, such as Michigan Connections Academy, the school where I teach.

I work with an incredible team of teachers – they are state-certified, specially trained in online learning, recognized as Highly Qualified under the guidelines of the No Child Left Behind Act—and live in Michigan. In fact, even though we teach in a virtual school, more than 60 teachers travel to the school’s office in Lansing every day to lead online instruction for more than 1,700 students across Michigan in grades kindergarten through 12.

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, a “blended” tuition-free public high school for students in grades 9-12, has been awarded accreditation from the national accreditation commission, AdvancED. The accreditation report praised Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids for its ability to: effectively use technology to align student schedules based on needs; provide students with immediate feedback on assignments; and to operate the school in an efficient manner for student success.

“Receiving the AdvancED accreditation demonstrates our commitment to excellence and the high quality of our school,” said Dan McMinn, Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids principal.

Schools Featuring Optimal Flexibility Hold Informational Events for Michigan Families

As families continue to seek school options featuring greater flexibility and control for their children’s education, Michigan’s leading virtual and blended learning schools – Michigan Connections Academy, Great Lakes Cyber Academy and Nexus Academy’s three campuses in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Royal Oak – have scheduled a variety of information events throughout October.

Interested families are encouraged to attend upcoming events to learn more about how virtual and blended learning works, meet teachers and familiarize themselves with the schools’ award-winning curriculum.

“We have seen a huge change in our son’s self-confidence and motivation to learn since

Schools with Unique and Flexible Learning Models Host Information Sessions

The new school year has arrived and some families may still be undecided on the best education option for their child.

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

My Town: Lee High School awarded grant to improve learning atmosphere

My Town: Lee High School awarded grant to improve learning atmosphere

WYOMING, Mich.—Lee High School is getting more funding to improve student learning by improving the physical, mental and emotional climate of its school.

This is the fourth year of funding the school has received through the Safe and Supportive Schools grant titled “think. respect.”  Statewide, 22 high schools are receiving a fourth year of funding, based on the positive results they’ve posted over the first three years of the grant, including:

  • 83 percent of schools reporting an improvement in school safety scores
  • 61 percent of schools reporting a decrease in harassment/bullying incidences on school property
  • 57 percent of schools reporting a decrease in the number of students using alcohol

The goal of the grant is to develop strategies to counteract bullying, substance abuse, obesity and other issues that can impact a student’s ability to learn.

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!