Parent engagement improves academic achievement

Improving Oregon’s education system is among the main assignments facing state lawmakers as the legislature launches another session. Recommendations from a special taskforce include a longer school year, expanding early childhood education, and mental health programs.

Winter is a great time to engage students in science

If your children enjoy sparkles, fizzy reactions, amazing colors and more, then they’ll love winter themed science experiments. Winter has plenty to teach students about science, from chemistry and physics to biology and meteorology.

Students enjoy loop hike around Coffenbury Lake

With the new school year underway, Oregon Connections Academy kicked off a new series of “Field Trip Fridays” across the state for its virtual school students. On Oct. 5, a group of North Coast parents, students and teachers, along with some from other parts of Oregon, gathered at Coffenbury Lake in Fort Stevens State Park for a fun and educational 2.4-mile loop hike around the lake.

Kids Doing Good: Oregon Connections Academy Grads

June 13, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. — We celebrate this year’s graduating class, but Kaycee Asher from Salem and Emerson Chase from Beavercreek studied at the same school from the comfort of home.

They are graduates from Oregon Connections Academy, where students take classes online

Asher said she enrolled in 2016 because she struggled in the traditional school environment and needed and wanted a better learning environment.

“I was able to work step by step instead of worrying about whether I was going to get behind,” she said.

Chase enrolled in 2012 and said the school has taught him self-reliance and time management.

“Managing your time and being self-reliant on your own work, I always thought that was the best thing this school has taught me, and different from a bricks and mortar school,” he said.

They weren’t isolated from other students, however. They went on more than 200 field trips, had a prom and even met their teachers.

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ORCA: Helping parents understand and support their students

These days, many students cope with pressures in school — they are worried about bullies, succeeding on state tests, and more. For some students, these feelings are mild anxieties that may occur throughout the year; for others, these feelings could indicate a more serious mental health issue.

How Do Educators Teach Art at an Online School?

Imagine what it would be like to teach painting, drawing, photography, graphic design or other forms of art to K-12 students attending an online public school. Many instructors may feel it’s an exciting new education option, but wonder how they might transition their teaching skills to the online environment.

Winter is a great time to share joys of writing, sharpen skills with your children

As the holiday season approaches, including time off from school, it’s a good time for parents to consider learning activities children can do to keep sharp, especially in writing. Kids look forward to time off from classes and families have busy schedules, but there are opportunities to help students improve writing skills during winter break.

Harvest is a perfect time to teach students benefits of healthy living

Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year—the leaves turn color, and children are eager to romp through the pumpkin patch. With fall comes a new school year for students, and families are adjusting their daily routines from the flexibility of summer to the more structured school schedule. As part of this transition, students also need to move towards a healthier diet.

True education advocates lobby for students not teachers' benefits: Oregonian Editorial Agenda 2017

As Oregon's K-12 students prepare for a new school year, parents eyeing larger class sizes and the state's miserably low graduation rate should make time to do some homework themselves. The assignment: Understand what it really means to advocate for education funding.

Eclipse lessons encourage student interest in science

Experiencing the Great American Eclipse was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but long after the shadow has faded, it’s still likely to leave a lasting impression on children, and hopefully inspire them to learn more about science. 

Virtual public school working wonders for Clark County elementary student

Monte McGary is in third grade and he’s finally getting what he’s been in need of academically. A challenge. 

Before enrolling in Washington Connections Academy this school year, Monte attended a brick and mortar school in the Battle Ground School District. Since kindergarten, he’s been more advanced than his peers. He was becoming bored in class on a regular basis. 

Local student takes to online high school

When Taylor Hampton told her friends she was leaving high school to enroll in a virtual school online, they said she was crazy. With a negative image of a home-schooled student in their minds, they told her she would never make it or enjoy it.

Election season offers civics lessons

Despite what seems like constant news and advertising about the upcoming November election, there is a troubling lack of civic knowledge in our country. Only a quarter of Americans can name all three branches of government and nearly a third can't name any of them, according to a new survey just released by the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

Virtual schools appear to thrive in Washington

SEATTLE - Most families these days are hustling to get out the door to make the school bus, rushing to pack school lunches or even worrying about classroom safety. Yet there are thousands of teachers and students who only have to make the short commute from their bedroom to their home office or living room.