Kelsey Adams, a senior who takes classes with VTVLC, first tried online learning during the COVID-19 lockdown and found that she preferred it to her in-person classes. “It made sense to take some online classes this year,” Adams said. “I found that it offered academic opportunities beyond those found at my in-person school.”
Caleb Leonard decided to begin learning with VTVLC after his sophomore year at a brick-and-mortar school. “During my first two years, I got a glimpse of what online school might look like,” Leonard said. “I decided that online schooling was a better option for me because it gave me much more freedom and spare time than normal school.”
Eli Barlow began the full-time program with VTVLC in 2021 because of high-risk factors for COVID-19. “Continuing to learn from home was the best option for our family,” said Barlow’s dad.
Taybor Aldrich first began learning with VTVLC two years ago when he was asked to attend a hockey academy in New Hampshire.
“My days would be spent on the ice and my evenings would be dedicated to my studies,” Aldrich said. Attending the hockey academy will help him to earn recognition for his athletics which will possibly open doors for a college scholarship. “Since most kids my age attend school during the day and play sports after school hours, I needed to come up with a way to be able to make my dream of pursuing a hockey career beyond high school a reality.”
Lillian Quevedo is not new to online learning. In fact, she is entering her third year of being an online learner, and her second year of learning with VTVLC. Lillian’s flexible schedule has allowed her to pursue her passion for Fashion and Design. Her love for fashion started at a young age when she would proudly pick out her own outfits. This love grew with the assistance of her grandmother, Cynthia Stevens, who taught Lillian how to sew pajamas for her family during the holidays. Stevens will be a featured guest speaker at the Fashion and Design Club this spring.
VTVLC Adds Student Clubs to Their Offerings
The Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative (VTVLC) has been providing online courses to Vermont students for over ten years, but this year, VTVLC expanded its offerings to the extracurricular realm with two student clubs: the Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) and Student...
Prior to this school year, Geoff Glaspie was serving as an Algebra and Geometry teacher at Champlain Valley Union High School. But, when his principal asked for volunteers to teach in the Collaborative School Option (CSO) program, which allowed teachers and students to teach and learn fully online with support from VTVLC, Glaspie seized the opportunity.
The Widened World of Online Learning
If you’ve turned on the news lately, you’ve probably seen footage of people protesting across the country. These individuals are coming from hundreds of different backgrounds. They don’t know the story of the person next to them, but they’re there together, ready to demand change. It’s incredible to watch. We’re living through history-making events, and while it is inspiring, it can also be scary. Fortunately, I’m more prepared than ever, because of the world exposure I receive for taking my classes online.
Brainstorming Ways to Improve Traditional Classrooms
There are a number of ways traditional school could be improved that I would love to see make the jump from idea to reality. While the feasibility of implementation ranges from simple to complex, the following are ways traditional schools could be improved to foster greater enjoyment, productivity, and motivation.
Opportunities for Learning Outside of the Online Classroom
VTVLC Student Blog The current pandemic has brought along a lot of change since Governor Phil Scott announced the Stay Home, Stay Safe order that went into effect in late March. Among these changes, at least for a period of time, is the deferment of what is considered...