• Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Mar 21, 2020
  • Category: News

Academica Virtual Education Uses Innovative, Live Online Learning During COVID-19 School Closures

Miami, Florida, March 20, 2020 — Academica Virtual Education (AVE) is supporting online learning during the COVID-19 school closures. More than 60,000 charter school students attended live classes online this week. More than 2,000 teachers led their classrooms with live instruction.

Despite school closures due to COVID-19, Academica-supported schools kept their doors open — online. Well before closing, schools surveyed their families to ensure they had Internet service and devices. Families in need received devices and help with Internet service.

AVE provided online classrooms for all teachers. The AVE online platform connects every child with their classroom teacher — live. They learn together with their classmates as they would in the classroom. They are in class live on the same video feed with the teacher.

The students interact with their teacher and classmates in real time. Students are in uniform. They raise their hands to ask questions. Teachers call on students to keep them
engaged. “Having the tools and technology made switching from brick and mortar to online seamless. Students in my class continued the same lecture formats with minimal changes to the class…Students also enjoyed the new medium and felt more confident… to participate…” said Daniel Gomez, a World History teacher at Mater Grove Academy.

Although the venues have changed, student learning continues undisrupted. Teachers are accommodating the needs of English Language Learners and Exceptional Education Students. Families are active assisting in children’s education.

The goal is to make this as least disruptive as possible for all. Schools reported having online attendance equivalent to, or more than, their regular in-person attendance. Schools supported by AVE include Mater, Somerset, Doral, Pinecrest, SLAM and others.

Parent feedback is enthusiastic and positive. Parents are grateful for the hard work by their teachers and schools. “I’m in awe of how prepared for this pandemic you are… The kids can feel a sense of normalcy and security during this time. Thank you so much for organizing this, you are rockstars!,” expressed Tori Spivack, a Ben Gamla Palm Beach parent.

Students are enjoying interacting with classmates and teachers online. Some are even asking for longer class times. Principals continue classroom “walk-throughs” visiting live sessions to observe teaching and greet students.

The transition hasn’t been without some hiccups. The high usage has taxed some of the websites. There are also many light-hearted moments. One grandmother joined her grandchild’s class intrigued by how a prism reveals sunlight has many colors. “Abuelas don’t often join in class, but we need to be compassionate and supportive right now,” said Sheila Gonzalez, Mater Grove Principal.

Some Academica-supported schools are on spring break. When all are online, more than 120,000 students across the country will be learning each day.
The online schools provide students with a familiar routine, companionship and support. “In many ways, we have been preparing for this for more than a decade,” said Antonio L. Roca, AVE’s Managing Director. “Online learning can be a dynamic model that offers a robust and enriching experience. We will help our families succeed during these difficult times.”

About Academica / Academica Virtual Education: Academica is a leader at maximizing and developing human potential and achievement. The organization supports a global community of lifelong learners. Academica supports college and career education K-16 (kindergarten through college). It also serves the largest group of public charter schools in the nation. Students worldwide learn with Academica Virtual Education (AVE) and Academica International Studies (AIS). For more than a decade, AVE has provided content and services to students and educational institutions. AVE and AIS serve students in the US and in over 14 countries.

Adriana Lima

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Mar 12, 2020
  • Category: Academy, News
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COVID-19 Update

We are actively monitoring the new outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and continue to take measures to protect the health and safety of our school communities.

We are following the guidance latest state departments and local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on prevention and mitigation.
This is a rapidly evolving situation, we will provide updates as they become available, including guidance in the event of school closures.
Health and welfare of our students, staff and the school community is our primary concern. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
According to the place where you have traveled, you will be asked to stay at home for a period of 14 days from the time they left an area with widespread community spread.
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We are prepared to minimize disruption to learning, where officials ordered the closure of schools.
To ensure the continued education of students, we are prepared to implement remote learning operations (virtual), including delivery of online content and digital resources.
Teachers and students will use communication tools and technology for virtual education without interruption. Students attend classes from home and receive live instruction from their current teachers.
Has shared a brief survey to learn more about their access to technology and Internet connectivity, we ask you to complete as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

Estamos monitoreando activamente el nuevo brote de coronavirus (COVID-19) y continuamos tomando medidas para proteger la salud y la seguridad de nuestras comunidades escolares.
Estamos siguiendo la guía más reciente de los departamentos de salud locales y estatales, y los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) sobre medidas de prevención y mitigación.
Esta es una situación en rápida evolución, proporcionaremos actualizaciones a medida que estén disponibles, incluyendo orientación en caso de cierre de escuelas.
La salud y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes, empleados y la comunidad escolar es nuestra principal preocupación. Gracias por su comprensión y apoyo continuo.
Según el lugar a donde haya viajado, se le pedirá que se quede en su casa por un periodo de 14 días, a partir del momento en que se fue de un área con propagación comunitaria generalizada.
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Estamos preparados para minimizar la interrupción al aprendizaje, en caso de que funcionarios ordenen el cierre de escuelas.
Para garantizar que la educación de los estudiantes continúe, estamos preparados para implementar operaciones de aprendizaje remoto (virtuales), incluyendo la entrega de contenido en línea y recursos digitales.
Los maestros y los estudiantes utilizarán herramientas de comunicación y tecnología para educación virtual sin interrupciones. Los estudiantes asistirán a clases desde casa y recibirán instrucción en vivo de sus maestros actuales.
Se ha compartido una breve encuesta para obtener más información sobre su acceso a la tecnología y la conectividad a Internet, le pedimos que la complete lo antes posible, si aún no lo ha hecho.

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