Unknown Culture Makers:
Gleason Sackmann and Karen Ellis
By 1993 Internet pioneer Gleason Sackmann started collecting the first school websites that came online.
This is the first website in the United States to collect school websites. It is a public folklore project. Gleason sent the information to his NetHappenings mailing list readers, the oldest K-12 Mailing list that started in 1989.
Thanks to the Educational CyberPlayGround who kept our history alive and current through the past 20+ years on the net!
Please submit your school.
Our friend K-12 Internet Pioneer Gleason Sackmann was the person who thought to announce the very first U.S. school websites that went up on the net. We honor my friend's tradition and kept the directory of K-12 schools going.
Before Gleason retired he asked me to keep this project going, and I was honored and happy to become the new Culture Keeper of Nations K-12 Education online activity!!
This is now and always has been a Public Folklore Project, built by the nation, for us and by us. We are the "Folk" the unknown culture makers who built the net and the content on it.
how to find and choose the best K12 ONLINE virtual SCHOOL
How K12 Online Public Schooling is Different:
K12 Online schooling differs from traditional schools in that classes do not take place in a building, but rather at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection can be found. Students take courses online with support from their teacher via phone, online Web meetings, and sometimes even face to face. The parent keeps the student on track in line with the provided lessons plans. While courses are delivered online, the schools provide plenty of opportunities to connect online and offline with your local school community.
How to Pay for K12 Virtual Online Schools?
Creating criteria for approving virtual school providers, including on how the state should pay local school systems for students who attend the online academies. State public education funding usually follows the child. The state determines how much it allots each locality to cover the basics of a public education through a formula that aims to calculate the locality's ability to pay. This means more state money for less affluent areas. Extending that same formula to pay for full-time virtual school students is causing consternation in some quarters, particularly because private companies that operate full-time virtual schools could settle in the less-affluent areas where the state pays more per pupil. A full-time online school could then sign up students from across the state. The State should pay the the normal amount which depends on where the child lives, but the state ends up subsidizing virtual schools, paying much higher than average for students in the brick-and-mortar schools. Lobbiests are watching to see if there is a flat state contribution for a student who attends online courses.
Look for K12 online High School programs that are Regionally Accredited.
The following six regional K12 accreditation agencies are recognized as legitimate accreditors:
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
209 Burlington Rd, Suite 201, Bedford, MA 01730-1433
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
- North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA)
http://www.ncacasi.org/ under nhttp://www.advanc-ed.org/ see
Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Navajo Nation, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
- Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: (267) 284–5000
Spanish: (267) 284-5015 or españolinfo@msche.org
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Central America, Europe, and the Middle East.
- Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS)
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Latin America.
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Palau, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Marshall Islands, and other Australasian locations.
- Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NWCCU)
8060 165th Ave. NE
Redmond, WA 98052
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology
Dr. Michale S. McComis, Executive Director
Leah Matthews, Director of Institutional Compliance and Agency Recognition
Christopher D. Lambert, Director of External Affairs
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
2101 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 247-4212
Fax: (703) 247-4533
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training
Roger J. Williams, Executive Director
Judy H. Hendrickson, Associate Executive Director
Charles H. Matterson, Associate Executive Director
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
1722 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 955-1113
Fax: (202) 955-1118
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Dr. Albert C. Gray, Executive Director
Contact: Deborah Hill, Executive Assistant
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-6780
Toll-Free: (866) 510-0746
Fax: (202) 842-2593
Students enrolled in K12 public virtual schools also enjoy:
- A tuition-free education
- State-certified teachers, with a parent or other responsible adult in the role of “Learning Coach”
- Learning at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection can be found
- Flexible pacing and an Individualized Learning Plan
- A combination of online and offline coursework including a wide array of textbooks, CDs, videos, and hands on materials as part of a comprehensive K-8 or high school program
- The excitement of joining a community of connected learners with a wide range of extracurricular clubs and programs
- A loaner computer and subsidized Internet access where needed*
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
help students with scholarship applications and searches, as well as other college planning needs.
Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) presentation for
High school seniors and their parents with information on the college financial aid proces. Students and parents will receive answers to questions on topics like completing and filing financial aid forms, important deadlines, types of available financial assistance, scholarships, and resources. The outreach representatives at ICAN's College Planning Centers in Cedar Rapids and West Des Moines can help students with scholarship applications and searches, as well as other college planning needs. All ICAN services are free and available in person or over the phone. Spanish-speaking representatives are available. Call (877) 272-4692 for an appointment. Ask An Expert Juan Garcia, manager of ICAN.
Learn how to complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a free form available from the U.S. Department of Education via www.fafsa.gov . Although professional assistance is not necessary to file the form, ICAN's free services help reduce confusion and can ensure accuracy.
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