One of the questions we're often asked at ORVED headquarters is whether or not we are an accredited institution. This is a complicated question that requires a bit more than a simple yes or no!
First, let's look at some background information on accreditation. For instance, what does it mean to be accredited? Accreditation is not necessarily required in order to operate, but it's a good thing to have! A school that has gone through the accreditation process shows the world that it has met certain rigorous educational standards and practices. It also mean that a school has a plan for continuous improvement and growth, as well as a plan to monitor and support student achievement.
Does having accreditation mean that the school's curriculum is tied to National Common Core Standards? Not necessarily. That is why at ORVED we are looking at two things: pursuing accreditation and ensuring all courses are Common Core...
ORVED is committed to offering Oregon students the highest quality online education. In addition to a personalized education the gives students one-on-one interactions with Oregon certified teachers, we use curriculum that is designed to meet National Common Core State Standards.
Common Core was designed to give students an opportunity to develop a broad knowledge base (that is consistent with their peers across the country), apply critical thinking skills, and use problem-solving skills to address real-world situations. Much of the curriculum at ORVED comes from FLVS Global, which designs and updates courses to meet the Common Core standards.
By Fall 2013, all high school math and language arts courses offered on our "BrainHoney" platform will fully comply with Common Core.
What courses are currently aligned with the Common Core?
AP Environmental Science
Middle School Science (grades 6-8)
In addition to all high school math and language arts classes that will be aligned to Common Core by...
This morning the ORVED Team was delighted to discover we were mentioned in a recent opinion piece by Tim Nesbitt. In it, Mr. Nesbitt highlights the need for more challenging, college-level courses for high school students and what some districts and schools -- including ORVED! -- are doing to meet this need. Check out the article here: Challenging courses in high school pay off in college.
Want to know more about how ORVED meets the needs of students? Give us a call, 503-614-1300....
Oregon Virtual Education (ORVED) was formed in 2009 as a program of the Northwest Regional ESD in cooperation with ESDs around Oregon. Since its founding, ORVED has evolved into an approved virtual public charter school system with two sponsoring school districts. ORVED provides online courses to students in grades 6-12. Every course includes online curriculum, support, and an Oregon licensed teacher.
ORVED has no corporate alliances, shareholders, or exclusive contracts. Through its policies and practices, ORVED is committed to helping Oregon schools personalize learning for all students. Governance is provided by a board of directors representing OSBA, COSA, OEA, OAESD, and Chalkboard Project. ORVED enters into cooperative agreements with schools to provide students with a hybrid and comprehensive educational experience in which students participate fully in their local school and in ORVED's online learning program.
Although ORVED enrolls full time students, the greatest utilization of ORVED's offerings are by students enrolled in local school districts (over 90%...
It seems that many people worry about students with IEPs taking online courses. Many parents, teachers, and counselors ask about whether online classes in general (and ORVED in particular) are a good fit for Special Ed students. After all, we all want students to be placed in classes where they can be successful!
At ORVED, we believe in the potential of all youth and we're proud of the successes of the students in our courses! We know from experience that all students can be successful in ORVED classes.
What does it take to be successful online? While each student needs vary for each individual, there are some common steps parents and schools can take to support students:
Create a quiet environment where the student can study -- this can be a computer lab at school or a desk at home.
Have the student work on homework (or online classwork) at the same time every...
It's been a busy two weeks at ORVED headquarters! We love the hustle and bustle because it keeps us actively focused on what really matters: students and their success!
On October 8, we welcomed a group of teachers for our latest Teaching Online 101 seminar. This seminar is offered free of charge to educators in Oregon who are curious about teaching in an online environment -- whether or not they are or plan to work for ORVED.
As Oregon's not-for-profit online charter school we believe that it is our responsibility to share our knowledge about online education with teachers, administrators, parents and students around the state.
If you're interested in attending a Teaching Online 101 class, contact our office or keep an eye on our website for details.
On October 15 and October 17 we offered a Working with ORVED seminar for school counselors, administrators, registrars, and district personnel. This was an incredible opportunity for us...
As we embark on a new school year, we like to take the time (when we can find it!) to reflect on why providing virtual education is so important to us. It is a new and rapidly changing world and we plan to be a part of it! ORVED is proud to be on the cutting edge of education and to provide high quality opportunities to students around the state. But don’t just take our word for it – check out what Laurie Wimmer and Meg Krugel at Oregon Education Association have to say in Today's OEA!
Oregon Virtual Education is Oregon educators offering high-quality curriculum and diverse learning opportunities to Oregon students so that we can continue to be a state that focuses on meeting the needs of each and every student.
Want to know what you can do to be a part of this exciting adventure we call virtual...