Broward Virtual School

By Lishon-Savarino, Nova | Distance Learning, January 1, 2013 | Go to article overview

Broward Virtual School


Lishon-Savarino, Nova, Distance Learning


OVERVIEW

Broward Virtual School (BVS) delivers education to K-12 students around the world through technology and media. The school gives students the opportunity to work at their own pace and develop strong relationships with their teachers and peers while growing into productive members of society. The curriculum design and community service opportunities stimulate positive learning experiences for students in a unique way.

MISSION

The goal of BVS is to provide students with equal and excellent education. Through successful student graduation rates, the program is able to continue; students obtain quality education that prepares them for post secondary education (community colleges, universities, and Ivy League schools around the nation). BVS (2012) "offers full-time enrollment to students in Grades K-12" and "home educated students in Grades 6-12 may enroll parttime" (para. 1). BVS is an obvious choice in that "Virtual learning provides flexibility of time and location, and promotes development of the skills, attitudes, and self-discipline necessary to achieve success in the 21st century" (para. 1).

ACCREDITATION

According to the Broward Virtual School (2012) website, "the BVS administrative office is located in Davie, Rorida inside the BECON TV building" (para. 5). This is the main working center for BVS where administrators, support staff, and educators report. There are also meetings and student events held within the BECON TV building. BVS is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA). AU of the BVS educators meet state standard requirements to teach for BVS, even if the educator is located outside of the state of Florida.

EDUCATORS

BVS offers a wide array of courses with experienced and well-trained instructional staff. The diverse educators' expertise range from individual or a combination of knowledge in: Spanish; science; language arts; reading; physical education; health; critical thinking; business; social studies; mathematics; career education; world cultures; English; and Advanced Placement (AP); Grades K-5 specialty; and Exceptional Student Education (ESE) specialty. This team of educators assists in broadening the collaborative learning experience for BVS students while providing individualized attention when needed. The courses offered at BVS encompass all the subjects any traditional public school would have (math, science, history, english, reading, the arts, and elective work).

All of the educators are very knowledgeable and patient when working with their students. However, one particular educator was recognized on the Broward Virtual School (2012) website as being an outstanding educator. Math teacher Melanie McCutcheon is the "2013 Teacher of the Year." Her devotion and active involvement in her students' learning experiences is outstanding. She spends considerable time with students over the phone and via live Elluminate chats. Even though McCutcheon resides in Texas, she has the ability to meet her students' diverse needs and can personalize instruction of any mathematical concept.

ADMINISTRATION

Administrators help to engage students and provide opportunities for success. Students have the ability to communicate openly and regularly with administrative staff. The importance of the administrators is not only to communicate with students; rather they are also greatly involved in development of programs for BVS. BVS administration is constantly working to continuously improve curriculum development, delivery techniques, and manage effective budget spending for the school.

STUDENTS

The school has a unique and diverse population of students from all over the state of Florida and beyond. Public school, private school, and home school students all have the ability to attend BVS; the students may either register as a full-time or part-time student (Broward Virtual School, 2012). …

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