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INACOL Webinar Explores Issues Of Attendance In K-12 Online Learning

March 19th 'Research in Review' presentation will discuss challenges, policies

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will present the next edition of their Research in Review webinar series on Tuesday,  March 19th from 3:00p - 4:00p ET. The webinar will focus on policies and research addressing issues of attendance in K-12 online learning as experienced by Minnesota Virtual High School, one of the first schools to develop online attendance policies.

Susan Patrick, iNACOL's President and CEO, said, "Truancy is an issue no matter where, or how, students learn. The challenge for online programs is unique, but no less important. Minnesota Virtual High School's experience aligning policy to both state requirements and student needs highlights the obstacles some online programs must overcome in order to ensure quality support models for enrollment, engagement, and attendance."

Monitoring and enforcing attendance and truancy in an online learning environment is a concern. Despite the challenge, however, public online schools have a requirement to ensure that students are logging on, completing lessons, and "attending" classes in their online classroom settings. This webinar will discuss how attendance and truancy applies to online students and explore the notion of attendance in digital learning through policy analysis. Both research and practical case studies will be provided in the webinar, and the presenters will explore the impact and significance of enforcing attendance policies.

Presenters:Mrs. Stacy Bender, Dean of Students, Minnesota Virtual High School Dr. Leanna Archambault, Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

This webinar is free to attend, but registration is required. Please visit http://bit.ly/inacol031913 to receive further details and an attendance link.

iNACOL is the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, DC. Representing more than 4,400 members, iNACOL's mission is to ensure every student everywhere has access to a world class education, no matter their geographic or economic situation by advocating for student-centered educational policies to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using online, blended and competency-based education, providing research, and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school and district leaders. Keep up with iNACOL at http://inacol.org .

SOURCE International Association for K-12 Online Learning

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