All posts by Ed Cook

IVS’ Curriculum Coordinator Provides Insight on Live Instruction Vs. Anytime Learning


Illinois Virtual School’s own Jennifer Kolar-Burden lent her opinion in a recent Education Week article. A question on every educator’s mind these days: How much live instruction is just right? Too much? Click HERE to read the article which highlights best practices for live vs. self-directed learning.

Summer School Enrollment is Open!

Summer School Enrollment is Open!

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Full Service Enrollment Dates:

May 5 (13 weeks)

June 2 (9 weeks)

Are you trying to free up time in your school schedule next year? Are you trying to gain additional credits for early graduation? Do you want to take a course that isn’t offered at your school? Do you want to stay on top of your education while school is out of session? If you answered ‘yes‘ to any of these questions, then Illinois Virtual School can help! Check out the SUMMER COURSE PAGE for more information. If you already know what course you’d like to take then visit the GETTING STARTED page to learn how to create a student account and request a course.

IVS Credit Recovery Courses are offered on a ‘Rolling Enrollment’ basis, which means students can start any day of the week.

TEACHERS! Did you know IVS offers Self-Paced online PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT courses? Click HERE to see a list of our available PD Courses. Or you can VIEW A COURSE to see if IVS will be right for you!

Full-Class Implementation – How IVS Helps Schools Facing Teacher Shortages


Illinois Virtual (IVS) exists to complement the needs and goals of Illinois’ public, private, and homeschool students. We recognize our shared responsibility across the state to commit to equity, ensure all students are college and career ready, and have access to effective educators. Beginning two years ago, we responded swiftly to the teacher shortage challenges many of our partners were experiencing by releasing our Full-Class Implementation Model. Over these past two years, IVS has supported more than 2,000 enrollments from 25 partner schools across our great State within this model.

As we begin the 2019-2020 academic year, we continue to support and complement our partners facing the teacher shortage challenges. IVS, which was established in 2001, is ISBE’s statewide virtual school. Near 95% of the IVS instructors hold master’s degrees, including the majority who are subsequently employed full time at a local public or private high schools across Illinois. IVS can work with any district or school that anticipates a staffing shortage in a particular subject area or course to offer a custom learning solution that meets your needs. To learn more about how IVS might help you navigate the challenges triggered by the teacher shortage, please visit the IVS Full-Class Implementation Model solution webpage.