Via Chicago Tribune
Priest wants new school in Chicago Heights to be a ‘community’ for students
Father David J. Simonetti has so far financed the Pope Benedict XVI Academy of Excellence, which plans to open in the fall, with his own money. The curriculum will encompass the traditional subjects — language arts, mathematics, foreign languages, social studies and science — but there will be some modern touches. Some coursework will incorporate Illinois Virtual School, a supplementary online teaching tool.
As online and blended learning grow in popularity and make their way into more schools and districts, educators tasked with building or growing their online and blended course offerings may face both successes and challenges related to training, support, quality control and implementation. “Our biggest challenge is time and human resources,” said said Cindy Hamblin, Director of the Illinois Virtual School (IVS). “Teacher training and a desire to dive deep into objectives and assessments will require more time than originally planned.”