Your Virtual Education Partner
Fall 2006 Newsletter CESA9
Inside This Issue: August 2006
Editor: Dawn Nordine, WVS Director
AP Expansion Reimbursement 2 Welcome Back to School: Are You Ready to
Credit Recovery Courses 2 Offer Online Courses?
Wisconsin Virtual School (WVS), operated out of Cooperative Service
Aviation College Credit Courses 3
Educational Agency (CESA) 9 is beginning its 7th year of operation. WVS is
Satisfaction Survey Results 3 continuing a strong commitment to being a virtual educational partner for
Wisconsin schools. WVS has partnered with nearly a third of Wisconsin districts
ACT/SAT Online Prep Courses 3 over the past six years to provide online courses for students. WVS also has
school partners in 12 states and with two international schools.
WCON Symposium Nov. 16-17 4
How to Get Started with WVS 4 It is becoming difficult for many school districts to provide a variety of
educational opportunities due to teacher shortages in areas such as science,
WVS Drop Policy 5 mathematics, and foreign languages, diminishing revenues, and declining enrollments.
WVS can assist you in continuing to offer those or expand opportunities for your
Local Education Guides (LEG) 5
students. We offer over 70 courses including core content areas that meet Wisconsin
Strategies for Online Students 5 standards and are taught by Wisconsin certified teachers. Foreign languages offered
include Spanish, German, French, and Latin.
WVS Course List 6
Middle school courses in science, math, language arts, and social studies are
WVS School Partners 05-06 7
available. Unique to the middle school courses are that they can be taught in three
tracks – modified, traditional, and Pre-AP. The Pre-AP courses are just right for
talented and gifted middle school students! You can learn more about the WVS
middle school courses at: www.wisconsinvirtualschool.org/middle_school.asp
WVS also offers 20 online College Board Advanced Placement courses and
Exam Reviews available for Wisconsin students.
Credit Recovery Courses are available for at risk and alternative students.
These courses are designed for students who failed required classes and need to make
up credits for graduation. New this year is that most of the Credit Recovery
courses do not require textbooks. For more information see page 2 or visit the WVS
Wisconsin Virtual School has given our educational partner schools an
opportunity to provide programming that reaches a broad range of learner needs from
potential drop outs, expelled, home-schooled, advanced learners, and others. WVS is
an innovative online learning system. The courses are highly interactive and include
students accessing online discussions, communicating with instructors through
e-mail, audio/video activities, web links, and other resources.
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WVS does not award credits or diplomas to students. WVS Recovery Courses provide students with
Districts maintain control of local enrollments, decisions, another way to make up for missing learning and credit.
and policies concerning eligibility for WVS classes and Because these classes can be taken at any time, students can
credits awarded. WVS can be your resource for policy begin the learning process before they fail another class
development. WVS also offers pricing packages to suit your because they did not have that foundational knowledge. A
needs. For instance, we can train your teachers to provide the student could begin a credit recovery class as soon as it
online courses! becomes clear that they cannot pass, even before the
semester has ended. The student can also gain the needed
For more information visit our web site at learning in time to perform well on state testing.
www.wisconsinvirtualschool.org, contact us at
email@example.com, call 715-453-2141, or "No Child Left Behind" legislation and related state
ask for a school visit from staff. We are excited to offer this laws make the achievement of every student important.
educational partnership to your district. Schools must meet graduation rate deadlines, and state tests
focus attention on achievement for all students. In the past,
schools had few resources outside of summer school for
DPI Announces 2006-2007 students who failed. Moreover, when a student failed the
Advanced Placement first semester of a class like Algebra I, they would often fail
Expansion Reimbursement the second semester before they could make up the missing
learning in summer school.
The State of Wisconsin has again appropriated funds
during Fiscal Year 2007 to expand Advanced Placement How do the Online Recovery Courses Work?
opportunities for students. The criteria, however, have The WVS Credit Recovery classes are designed for
changed. The 2005-2006 grant criteria provided a maximum students who failed required classes and need to make up
allowable reimbursement of $300 per student participant to credits. In these classes, students can test out of the material
districts that had not previously offered any Advanced they have already learned and focus on what they need to
Placement courses on-site, on-line, or via distance learning. demonstrate achievement on the essential content standards.
The change includes those districts that increase the number
of Advanced Placement opportunities offered on-site, on- Students begin each unit of their course by taking
line, or via distance learning during the 2006-2007 academic formative assessments to determine their areas of weakness.
year as eligible for the maximum allowable reimbursement When their performance on these assessments indicates they
of $300 per student participant. This brings the cost of a are ready, they can take the summative assessments and go
WVS online semester course to $25 per participant! on to the next learning unit. The class content is closely
keyed to the formative assessments, so they will only do the
The Application Package for Advanced Placement work they need to succeed. The classes are largely self-
Expansion (PI-9550-IG) has been sent to school districts directed, so students can work at their own pace, repeating
electronically. The form can be completed electronically, but difficult lessons as needed and skipping those that are not
requires an original signature to be faxed or scanned and sent needed.
electronically to Chrystyna.Mursky@dpi.state.wi.us.
Claims can be accepted for reimbursement until April 13, WVS also provides an Online Credit Recovery
2007. Call Chrystyna Mursky at 608.267.9273 if you have Wisconsin Certified teacher who will guide the student
any questions. through the course, providing help as needed.
To learn more about offering online AP courses contact WVS Credit Recovery Courses Offered
Wisconsin Virtual School at firstname.lastname@example.org • Algebra I • Algebra II
or call us at 715-453-2141. • Geometry • Pre-Algebra
• English I, II, III, IV • Biology
• Chemistry • Physical Science
Meeting Needs for ALL Learners: • World History • Civics
WVS Recovery Courses • American History • American Government
Schools are continually meeting challenges and finding • Geography
ways to overcome hurdles in student achievement.
Online Credit Recovery Courses are a cost effective and
Do any of these issues sound familiar? flexible way to get students back in school or keep students
• Students need to make up credits for graduation in school. Courses cost $325 per semester for 5 months
• School District wants to improve graduation rates access.
• Need to prepare students for state exams
• Trying to get dropout students back in school
• A desire to provide educational equity to each student
• Challenging budgetary concerns while trying to serve
WVS NEWS Page 2
Aviation Courses WVS Satisfaction Survey
through WVS www.youngeagles.org Wisconsin Virtual School surveyed school Local
A partnership with the Experimental Aircraft Education Guides (LEG) concerning their satisfaction with
Association (EAA) Aeroscholar Program provides WVS the WVS online program. Out of 125 surveys conducted,
with the opportunity to bring two high quality aviation 109 were returned. Participants were asked a variety of
courses to local Wisconsin high schools and their students; questions and responses were categorized as “very
Fundamentals of Aviation Science and Advanced Aviation satisfied,” “satisfied,” “somewhat satisfied,” “dissatisfied,”
Science. and “not applicable.”
Registrations for the Fall 2006 semester are • Registration Process
available through October 16, 2006. First class - 81% satisfied or very satisfied
begins on September 5, 2006; last day of class is • Received LEG Training from WVS
January 12, 2007. - 77% received training
• Found LEG Training Helpful
Go to the website below to enroll: - 100% responded “yes”
www.wisconsinvirtualschool.org/aeroscholarprogram.asp • Customer Service
- 87% satisfied or very satisfied
Aeroscholar Course Highlights • WVS Course Quality
• Available to Wisconsin school districts through a - 85% satisfied or very satisfied
partnership with Wisconsin Virtual School and • WVS Teacher Quality
EAA for $300 per semester course. - 77% satisfied or very satisfied
• Report Quality
• High school science elective credit and college credit - 78% Utilize Grade to Date Reports
for students who complete the course. - 68% Find the Grade to Date Report Useful
• Recommended for high school sophomores, juniors • WVS Overall Satisfaction
and seniors. High schools have the option of granting - 85% satisfied or very satisfied
graduation credits for these college courses.
• National Science Standards are followed. Help Students Improve
• Students who successfully complete both Aeroscholar ACT/SAT/PSAT Success with
semester courses are prepared to take the FAA Private Online Test Prep Courses
Pilot written examination.
WVS offers customized
• Personalized technical assistance and Federal Aviation ACT/SAT/PSAT Online
Administration instructors. Web assistance is available Test Prep Courses through
nine hours a day, Monday through Friday, to assist a partnership with
students with content questions or supply course Thomson/Peterson. Their
guidance. groundbreaking online test prep courses do what no other
test prep program has done before: deliver high-quality
• Multi-media lessons feature extensive use of EAA instruction that’s completely customized to each individual
photography from the last 50 years. student.
• Virtual Exam Proctoring System. The most flexible and convenient way to prepare for
• A virtual tour of the EAA AirVenture Museum. the ACT, SAT, or PSAT!!
• Opportunity for students to take their first airplane There are no fixed class sessions; students progress
flight through the EAA Young Eagle’s Program and through the course at their own individual pace, whenever
attend an EAA Chapter meeting. their schedules allow. The course is accessible 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week from any location—school, home, the
• Provide students with the awareness of the many career library, a parent’s office, or anywhere there’s a computer
related opportunities in the field of aviation. with Internet access.
• Students receive a one-year EAA student membership SIGN UP TODAY!
and the monthly EAA publication, Sport Aviation, for Wisconsin Virtual School is able to offer Wisconsin
the duration of their coursework. students the online test prep courses for $50 each.
• Sample course lesson can be found at: Compare this statewide contract price to approximately $80
www.aeroscholars.com or more per course if purchased directly from other online
WVS NEWS Page 3
test prep course providers. Don’t miss this opportunity to • Moodle: An Open Source LMS
raise your test scores and improve your college admission • Online Student Panel
chances. • Supplementing Curriculum with Online Resources
• Effective Online Communications
To sign up for an online test prep course, here’s what you • Learning Object Repository
need to do: • Online Course Evaluation
• Differentiated Learning
1. Visit Wisconsin Virtual School’s website at • How Online Teaching Improves Your Face to Face
www.wisconsinvirtualschool.org. Classroom Teaching
2. Click on the “ACT/SAT Test Prep Courses” link for • Online Teacher’s Perspective Panel
online registration. • Quality Online Curriculum – Lesson Examples
3. Complete the online registration and click • Organizational Readiness: Is Your School Ready for
“submit”. Online Learning?
4. Send a check or money order payable to CESA 9 or • Professional Development -Training, Supporting, and
fax a copy of a school purchase order to CESA 9 at Evaluating Online Teachers
715-453-7519. • Student Selection, Support, and Success
5. Upon receipt of payment, you will receive an email • Virtual Advisory Recommendations
with your activation code for your online test prep • Preparing Students for Online Learning Course
course (ACT, SAT, or PSAT). You will have access
to the course for 12 months. Watch your listservs for more details and registration
form in September.
Online Learning Resources
: North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL)
How Do We Get Started
: Wisconsin Collaborative Online Network (WCON) with WVS?
: North Central Regional Educational Laboratory • If the school has not previously enrolled students with
www.ncrel.org/tech/elearn.htm WVS, please call us at 715-453-2141.
: eLearning Archives – online articles
• The WVS program requires the district to assign a
Local Education Guide (LEG) or mentor for the student
who also serves as the liaison for the WVS teacher.
Successful course completion depends upon a LEG
who follows up with the student on a regular basis.
• The students and their districts decide which courses to take.
• The school district enrolls its students online at
Mark Your Calendars: www.wisconsinvirtualschool.org
The Second Annual Wisconsin • A district administrative person with authority to
Collaborative Online Network approve enrollments receives an email requesting
approval. They send an email back to WVS with that
Wisconsin Collaborative Online Network (WCON) in
partnership with Marian College School of Education will • Upon receiving the district’s authorization, WVS
be hosting a TWO DAY statewide Online Learning assigns a teacher and course section to the student.
Symposium at Marian College in Fond du Lac on • The student will receive an e-mail confirmation that
November 16 and 17, 2006. Graduate credit through provides a login ID and password for accessing the
Marian College will be available. course.
November 16th keynote speaker is Susan Patrick, • The LEG will receive a login ID so they can check
CEO and President, North American Council of Online student grade books.
Learning. Susan’s topic will cover “Online Learning for 21st
Century Students.” November 17th keynote speaker is • Students have 5 months to complete their courses from
David Warlick, Technology Consultant and Author, and the date they receive course access.
Director of the Landmark Project. David’s topic is “Literacy • The district is billed for students who remain enrolled
& Learning in the 21st Century.” past 14 days.
There will be extended sessions and a variety of
concurrent breakouts on a range of “need to know” online
topics for schools. Tentative topics include:
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WVS Drop Policy Strategies for Successful
A student has 14 calendar days after enrollment is Online Students
confirmed to try out a WVS course. A full refund will be Student success with online learning depends not only on
received or the district will not be billed for the course if you a highly qualified certified teacher and quality content, but
cancel in writing by emailing WVS within that 14 days. also on the local support they receive from their school.
Drop requests must be sent by email within An online student needs someone (LEG or mentor) who can
the first 14 calendar days after activation to give support to students and be an additional communication
email@example.com. If the district authorized bridge for the online teacher to communicate about the
the enrollment, the drop request must come from the district student and their progress or concerns.
(administrator, principal, or Local Education Guide). If the
parent paid for the course, the parent may drop the course Other strategies that help students succeed:
using the method above.
• The LEG should assist the student to utilize course
If a drop request is received after 14 calendar days and tutorials, announcement area, and help desks to ensure
before 28 days, a $100 cancellation fee will be charged. understanding how to access content, submit
After 28 days, the full course payment is due. assignments, and use the course tools.
• The student needs to be aware of the amount of time to
access the course, school completion requirements, and
any drop policy.
• Make the student aware of any local proctoring
Local Education Guides (LEG): procedures required by the school district.
An Important Ingredient for • The student should work with the online teacher to
Online Success develop a schedule to complete their work.
Our experience shows that
• The student should structure their time to work on their
school districts that have an active Local
course daily, as well as, check course announcements
Education Guide (LEG) designated to
and their email.
support their students are seeing
successful online experiences for their • The student needs to make a strong commitment to
students with 90% or higher participate in order to achieve academic success.
completion rates. • The student needs to be an independent learner to direct
WVS teachers are excellent facilitators of the courses, their own learning environment, fulfill course
experts in their content area, innovative, and student- requirements, and achieve individual academic success.
oriented, but they need local support to help online students • Being an effective communicator includes the ability to
succeed. write clearly in order to communicate ideas, submit
LEGs are individuals that assist the student with onsite assignments, and inform instructors of any concerns or
support for registration, choosing appropriate courses and problems.
students who are ready for online learning, and completing • A student needs some computer literacy skills such as a
the communication link between student-teacher-school. working knowledge of e-mail, the Internet, and basic
LEGs have access to monitor the students’ progress and keyboarding skills.
communicate directly with the WVS teacher. They support
the teacher with vital information to help ALL learners in the • Utilize interest surveys, student online contracts, and
online environment. other readiness tools to determine if online learning is a
potential match for the student.
Without their support, students may tend to put off their
coursework and end up scrambling in the last few weeks of • Make sure the student knows that online learning is
their course access, let communications fail between NOT easy; their online teacher will demand at least the
themselves and their virtual teacher, and potentially not same quality of work as they would expect from them
complete the course. in a face-to-face classroom.
WVS will provide districts with a half-day training for • The student needs to commit a similar number of hours
LEGs. Schedule LEG training and make a Local Education to an online course as to a face-to-face course.
Guide part of every online student’s experience! • Students need to be organized, be responsible, be an
effective communicator with their teacher and school,
and keep working!
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Wisconsin Virtual School Course List 2006-2007
High School Courses
English 9A & 9B Algebra 1A, 1B Business and Personal Protocol
English 10A & 10B Geometry 1A, 1B Personal Economics & Finance
Beginning Composition Algebra 2A, 2B French 1, 2, & 3
Advanced Composition PreCalculus 1A, 1B German 1, 2, & 3
Reading Comprehension Anthropology Latin 1, 2, 3, 4
American Literature 1A, 1B American Government Spanish 1, 2 & 3
World Literature American History 1A, 1B Computer Programming 1 & 2
Health Science 1A, 1B Civics Digital Photography and Graphics
Biology 1A, 1B Introduction to Psychology Web Design
Chemistry 1A, 1B Geography A and B Career Planning
Physics 1A, 1B World Civilizations 1A, 1B Study Skills
Oceanography Business Communications Art and Music Appreciation
Essential Math Business and Consumer Math Keyboarding (call for availability)
Pre-Algebra A, B Macroeconomics Physical Education
High School Recovery Courses Online Test Prep Courses
Algebra I Physical Science GED
Algebra II World History ACT
Geometry Civics SAT
Pre-Algebra American History PSAT
English I, II, III, IV American Government
Advanced Placement Courses
AP Biology AP French Language AP US Government & Politics*
AP Calculus AB AP Macroeconomics* AP US History
AP Calculus BC AP Microeconomics* AP World History
AP Chemistry AP Physics B *One semester AP courses
AP Computer Science AP Physics C: Mechanics*
AP English Language AP Physics C: Fundamentals of Aviation Science1
AP English Literature Electricity & Magnetism* Advanced Aviation Science1
AP Environmental Science* AP Psychology* 1
College Credit Available
AP European History AP Statistics
Middle School Courses
Language Arts 6, 7, & 8 Science 6, 7, & 8 World Cultures
Mathematics 6, 7, & 8 (Pre-Algebra) U.S. History World Geography
Wisconsin Virtual School/CESA 9 Services
• No membership fees or contracts, single • Online Course Registration Assistance
enrollments welcome • Technical Support Helpdesk 24/7
• Course content aligned to National and • District Presentations
Wisconsin State Standards • Policy Development Assistance
• Hosting and Platform License • Certificate of Completion for Students
• Training for Local Support Staff (Local • WVS provides the content specific,
Education Guide) Wisconsin certified teacher
Registration is $325 per half credit semester high school course. Middle school courses are $300.
Volume discounts available. Contact WVS at 715-453-2141, extension 231 or email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a new school enrolling students for the first time.
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WVS School Partners (2005-2006)
(HS-High School, MS- Middle School)
CESA 1 CESA 5 CESA 9
Case HS Adams Friendship HS Antigo HS
Eisenhower HS Columbus HS DC Everest MS
Germantown HS Iola-Scandinavia HS DC Everest HS
Greendale HS Pittsville HS Edgar HS
Greenfield HS Portage HS Elcho HS
Kettle Moraine HS Reedsburg HS Lakeland Union HS
Hamilton HS Tri-County HS Merrill HS
Juneau HS Waupaca HS Minocqua J1
New School for Community Service Wisconsin Rapids HS Mosinee HS
New Berlin HS Northland Pines HS
Ozaukee HS Northwoods Secondary School
Project Change CESA 6 Phelps HS
REAL School Beaver Dam HS Prentice HS
South Milwaukee HS Campbellsport HS Tomahawk HS
Torah Academy Dodgeland HS
Vincent HS Fond du Lac HS
Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning Green Lake HS CESA 10
Wisconsin Lutheran HS Horicon HS Altoona HS
Wisconsin Institute for Torah Study Hustisford HS Bloomer HS
Whitnall HS Little Chute MS Cadott HS
Little Chute HS Eau Claire Memorial HS
Mayville HS Eau Claire North HS
CESA 2 Shiocton HS Medford HS
Belleview HS West Bend – West HS Osseo-Fairchild HS
Burlington HS West Bend - East HS Phillips HS
Clinton HS CESA 7 CESA 11
DeForest HS Algoma HS Amery HS
East Troy MS Ashwaubenon HS Arkansaw MS
Granton HS Bay Port HS Barron HS
Fort Atkinson HS Brillion HS Birchwood HS
JEDI Virtual HS Cedar Grove HS Boyceville HS
Janesville Parker HS Denmark HS Cameron HS
Lake Mills HS DePere Foxview MS Chetek HS
Middleton Alternative HS DePere - MS Clear Lake HS
Madison East HS DePere HS Cumberland HS
Madison Lafollette HS Elkhart Lake HS Hudson HS
Madison West HS Gilbraltar HS Luck HS
New Glarus HS Green Bay East HS New Richmond HS
Oregon HS Green Bay Edison MS Pepin HS
Parker HS Green Bay Preble HS Renaissance Alternative
Horizon Elementary – Sun Prairie Green Bay Southwest HS Somerset HS
Royal Oak -Sun Prairie Green Bay West HS Spooner HS
Sun Prairie HS Horace Mann MS Webster HS
Union Grove HS Howards Grove HS Webster MS
Waterford Union HS Howard-Suamico HS
Watertown HS Kiel HS
Waunakee HS Kohler HS CESA 12
Westside Elementary Manitowoc - Lincoln HS Ashland HS
Williams Bay HS Mishicot HS Hayward HS
New Holstein HS Northwestern HS
Oostburg HS Park Falls HS
CESA 3 Plymouth HS Solon Springs HS
Barneveld HS Plymouth – Riverview MS South Shore HS
Boscobel HS Random Lake HS Superior HS
Darlington HS Reedsville HS Washburn HS
Ithaca HS Sevastopol HS Winter HS
Kickapoo HS Seymour HS
Mineral Point HS Sheboygan North HS
Platteville HS Southern Door HS Out of State
Richland Center HS Stockbridge HS Maryland
Seneca HS Sturgeon Bay HS Michigan
Wauzeka HS Two Rivers HS Minnesota
Two Rivers - Clarke MS New Jersey
CESA 4 Pennsylvania
Bangor HS CESA 8 Wisconsin
Black River Falls HS Laona HS
LaCrosse Lincoln HS Marion HS
Longfellow MS Oconto HS International
Norwalk-Ontario HS Peshtigo HS Canada
Whitehall HS Shawano HS Trinidad
Wonewoc HS Wabeno HS
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Your Virtual Education Partner
J Statewide supplemental online course provider
J Expand learning opportunities for ALL learners
J Serving students with credit deficits, schedule conflicts,
homebound, expelled, accelerated, home schooled, and others
J No membership fees or contracts to sign, single enrollments
J Local district control over enrollments and policies
J Over 70 high school courses, 20 AP courses, middle school,
credit recovery, online test prep, and aviation courses available
J We provide Wisconsin certified teachers, content, platform,
technical support, and more.
For more information visit our website at
or call 715-453-2141 for a district visit.
Wisconsin Virtual School PRSRT STD
CESA 9 U.S. POSTAGE
304 Kaphaem Rd. PAID
P.O. Box 449 Wausau, WI
Tomahawk, WI 54487 Permit No. 665