In the Mail: Happy Birthday Illinois Virtual School

Happy Birthday, computer screen with balloons.
IVS has turned 15!

Hello!

On this first day of the “official” 2015-16 school year, I wanted to take a second to thank all of you for all of the work you do to get the show going during this time.  🙂

I realized that among the hubbub of yesterday, it was our BIRTHDAY!  We almost forgot our BIRTHDAY!!!!

On August 24, 2000, the Illinois State Board of Education approved a resolution which brought the Illinois Virtual High School (our predecessor) into existence.  Yesterday, IVS/IVHS turned 15 years old!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!

Maria Gottschalk is the IVS Learning Management and Integration System Specialist. She has been with IVS/IVHS since it’s inception and continues to work with students, teachers, schools and families.

Seems like just last week, I was researching other online schools with Brad Woodruff, and in frantic phone calls with Phyllis Lentz from Florida Virtual trying to figure out how you did this thing called an online school.  That was long before platforms and integrations and text messaging. 🙂

We’ve come a long way….  When I stop to think of the tens of thousands of students in whose lives we may have made a positive difference, large or small, it’s just darned humbling.  We all have those memories and stories, kids or parents or teachers or principals for whom we were able to make a difference.  You guys, THIS is why we do what we do.  Well, that, and the fact that most of us are nerds and enjoy this kind of thing. 🙂

After receiving an email from our Director yesterday, I stopped for a second to realize….the number of Spanish enrollments for August alone is about THREE TIMES the size of our pilot semester back in Spring of 2001.  Wow.  Back then, we never thought it would be this big…we were just a few crazy thinkers busting out of our mental cubicles and trying to give kids more access to educational opportunities.

You guys…..  You are doing it!  You ARE making a difference!

I am proud of IVS and proud of us!  Now, let’s go have a great year!

Happy Birthday Smiles,

Maria Gottschalk

Learning Management Specialist

5 Tips for IVS Students and Parents as you head back to IVS for fall. #IVScan

Welcome Back.  As you join us for fall here are some tips for doing your best with IVS:

  1. Take Notes.

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Should students take notes by hand or on laptops? A recent study suggests taking notes on a laptop hinders learning and retention.

2. Call your teacher on the phone.

Boy on phone
Students who call their IVS teacher the first week and then throughout the semester report high success rates.

3. Keep up with your schedule.

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IVS Teachers will provide a calendar to guide your pace in the course. Keep it, put it in your assignment book and stay on schedule. Most students who need an extension were behind as early as their second week of class.

4.  Plan when to work.

Time to work which is planned is more likely to happen that time which is unplanned. Each regular IVS full service course has the same amount of work as a regular class in face to face. That means 5 hours of class time plus 0-3 hours of homework time per week.
Time to work which is planned is more likely to happen that time which is unplanned. Each regular IVS full service course has the same amount of work as a regular class in face to face. That means 5 hours of class time plus 0-3 hours of homework time per week.

5. Ask for help.

Your IVS instructor is there for you. So don't sit in silence if you have a question. Use that contact info. Aren't you glad you've already called them so you feel comfortable calling now?
Your IVS instructor is there for you. So don’t sit in silence if you have a question. Use that contact info. Aren’t you glad you’ve already called them so you feel comfortable calling now?

Illinois Virtual Is Hiring – Here we grow again! #IVSCan

We are hiring!
To teach for IVS is to join an elite team of highly qualified Illinois Licensed educators.

Our World Language department is growing by leaps and bounds.  If you are certified in Spanish, now is a great time to get in on the trend. To learn how to apply send an email of interest to chamblin@ilvirtual.org and then get enrolled in our free Teaching online 101 class to be considered.