Preparing Students for Future Success in a K-12 Cyber School Setting

Posted by Laura Budd and David Pierce on 11/15/18 12:28 PM

What is CEW and how do we bring it to life in a cyber school setting?

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Topics: News, Family Resources

Ed Camp: Empathy Focus in Professional Development

Posted by Olivia Porter on 11/2/18 2:47 PM

Today our staff is spending an entire day devoted to professional development, and there’s a common thread throughout this year’s “Ed Camp.”

Being a school in today’s ever-changing world means we have to adapt. We believe it is education’s responsibility to adapt as the world changes, so we can best prepare students to thrive.

There’s one thing, however, that must remain consistent within our education: empathy.

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Topics: Tech & Teaching

Holocaust Survivor Speaks to PA Distance Students

Posted by Olivia Porter on 10/29/18 12:26 PM

Today, PA Distance students had the opportunity to hear from a Magda Brown, a Holocaust Survivor.

Education is about bettering the future: from a 6th-grader whose learning transforms how she sees herself to a graduate who starts as a first-generation college student. Improving individual futures, however, is only one part of education’s power.

We cannot forget another part of education’s power, especially as we are faced with the mass shooting at one of Pittsburgh’s synagogues this weekend.

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Topics: News

PA Distance Learning Cyber School Students Pledge to Be Drug-Free

Posted by Olivia Porter on 10/26/18 3:12 PM

All week students across the nation and at PA Distance are celebrating Red Ribbon Week to increase drug prevention and awareness.



At PA Distance, we use Red Ribbon Week as an opportunity to collaborate as a school-wide team and unify as a drug-free community.  Our entire staff spends the week teaching our students about the negative effects of drug and alcohol use, making better choices, and how to plan for a drug-free future.

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Topics: Family Resources, News

Teachers Present on Bringing a Writing Center to Cyber School

Posted by Olivia Porter on 10/4/18 12:12 PM

PA Distance Learning teachers will present at the Drexel University School of Education Virtual Conference for K-12 Online Learning on October 5, 2018.

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Topics: News, Tech & Teaching

Top 5 Myths About Cyber School

Posted by PA Distance Learning on 8/3/18 11:35 AM

As the popularity of online schooling grows, so do to the many myths surrounding this type of education. Without further ado here are some common misconceptions associated with cyber schools:

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Topics: Family Resources

STUDENT GUEST BLOG: 5 Surprises From My First Year in Cyber School

Posted by PA Distance Learning on 7/26/18 11:54 AM
Written by PA Distance student Isabella B.

When I went to my local public school, it was fine and I had good grades; then my school went on strike from October until the end of November. 

After the strike, it was December, then break, then PSSA prep and PSSA testing, but we were not learning.  The teachers would talk about the strike during school hours and not teach, and would even strike during school hours outside the building.  But the students were not allowed to talk about the strike.

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Topics: Family Resources

PA Distance Learning Administrators to Present at PA Community on Transition Conference

Posted by Olivia Porter on 7/24/18 3:25 PM

Jamie Desrochers, Director of Special Education at PA Distance Learning, and Kelly Crooks, 7-12 Principal at PA Distance Learning, are presenting at the 2018 PA Community on Transition Conference.

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Topics: News

STUDENT GUEST BLOG: How Cyber School Exceeded My Expectations

Posted by PA Distance Learning on 7/19/18 12:39 PM
Written by PA Distance student, Madison B.

When some students think of school, they think of waking up early, and enduring over seven hours of assignments and lectures that may end up feeling useless after all the distractions. But what if school didn't have to be like that?  

When I started cyber school, I never thought that it would be quite like it is.  Here are some things I didn't expect from cyber school:

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Topics: Family Resources

STUDENT GUEST BLOG:  5 Things I Didn’t Expect About Cyber School

Posted by PA Distance Learning on 7/12/18 9:04 AM
Written by PA Distance Learning student Tinia B. 

Cyber School: a type of school I never thought I’d join. PA Distance Learning is a welcoming community with a great amount of energy and happiness, even if you are just looking at the screen and typing, and not at the field trips.

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Topics: Family Resources

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