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The changing face of online learning: Transitioning to success

Avental Learning by K12 helps new residents, troubled students get back on track

Whether a student has just moved into town with his military family or is finding her way after a misstep in school, Aventa Learning by K12 products are easing the way in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

“We use Aventa for transfer students, scheduling conflicts, or to get military or government families up to speed after they arrive,” explained Janis Streich, director of instructional technology and professional learning for Spotsylvania County Public Schools. “It keeps them on pace with their academic career.” Aventa curriculum meets national and state standards and includes more than 140 courses for middle and high schools. It includes extensive support for students, teachers and administrators and provides evaluations and reports to keep everyone on the same page.

Aventa’s credit recovery program was introduced in Spotsylvania four years ago to students in an alternative school for grades 6-12. “We use a blended model that includes Aventa courseware and our teachers,” Streich said. “The reason it works is because it provides an individualized learning path for students in the alternative program.”

The program allows teachers to customize courses for a student, and it also enables one teacher to oversee a class of different grade levels, abilities and learning styles. As a result, students are prepared to transition to their local school from the alternative school without missing a beat, Streich said.

The Aventa program was so successful in the alternative school, it was expanded to the district’s five high schools. There, students can recover credits, take classes that don’t fit in their traditional school schedule, or take an Advanced Placement course not offered by the school.

In 2010, the most recent year for statistics, 92 percent of Spotsylvania students passed various Aventa online courses, including credit recovery and full-semester classes.

“Before Aventa, students who needed to recover credits would have to attend summer school,” Streich said. “This is a more positive option, and the students love it.”