Webinar aimed at helping US policy-makers develop policy on K-12 online learning
Monday, 16 January 2012
iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning) is organising a series of Leadership webinars in 2012 related to virtual schooling. In the first which took place on 11 January, the focus was on state-level online learning policy for the US. This focus has been driven largely by the release of a Roadmap to Reform by the Foundation for Excellence in Education which provides input to US state policymakers wishing to implement the Digital Learning Now elements. eSchool News carries a full report of this webinar.
This webinar focused on the reform needed to provide all students with the opportunity to engage in high-quality online learning. “In 2011, sixteen states enacted legislation related to online learning,” said Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL. “But there are still policy barriers that hinder student access and equity. While we continue to see K-12 online and blended learning programs grow at a rapid pace on a national scale with strong demand from students interested in online courses, the growth remains uneven state by state.”