By: Alisa Hug
As I returned home from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) Symposium last year, I was disappointed to hear panelists and speakers question whether full-time virtual programs are effective in serving students. As a parent, I know best whether a certain educational environment — whether it’s a magnet school, virtual school, private school, traditional brick-and-mortar school, or charter school — is working for my child.
Fellow PublicSchoolOptions.org (PSO) Board member Sandy Smith and I are currently in Orlando for this year’s iNACOL Symposium and hope that the Association’s tune has changed about the benefits of virtual public schools. While teachers and administrators deeply care about the well being of our children, you can’t argue that their conviction runs as deep as mine does as a parent.
In addition to meeting new folks from across the education industry, I will be keeping an eye out for national thought leaders who support parent power in educational decisions.
I hope to feel energized, confirmed, and motivated after the next two and a half days. There are so many new, cool, exciting tools that can enhance the virtual and blended school experience — and I hope to pack those into my suitcase to share with other parent leaders in the school choice movement.