Meet an ASU Prep Digital Student with Super Powers

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Check out this article about Neva Lee Recla, one of our amazing students, previously published in “Podcast Magazine”:

Witty, wise, and eloquent. Author, entrepreneur, mentor, and podcaster.

Meet Neva Lee Recla, an 11-year-old student in Arizona.

Like many girls her age, she attends school virtually, is active in her church, and dreams of going to college. Then, there are the many ways she shines brilliantly, like a supernova traveling through the universe.

For the Recla family, podcasting is a family affair. They created the SuperPower Network in January 2016, and Neva’s mother, Tonya Dawn, was the first to host a show. Then, at the age of seven, Neva decided she wanted to follow her podcasting mother’s example and host her own show. She asked her mother if she could, and remembers her mom “looking at me like I was crazy. Like, ‘How is my seven-year-old daughter going to do a podcast?’” She was actually a little reluctant at first.

“My mom said, ‘I don’t want to coach kids.’ I explained to her that I was going to be the one who coaches them. We talked about it more, and she agreed. When I first started Super Power Kids, I had no clue what I was doing. I copied everything my mom said and memorized her exact intro.”

To see the complete article from “Podcast Magazine”, visit their web site.

Students Make Up for COVID Learning Loss with Summer School

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Students all around the country are experiencing a significant amount of learning loss due to COVID-19. According to a report published by McKinsey & Company, the average amount of learning loss will be approximately five to nine months by June 2021. As the landscape of education continues to change, it’s important we take steps to address gaps in student knowledge. ASU Prep Digital is partnering with the state of Arizona to address those gaps with a series of summer school programs.

Reading Refresh

This online summer school program for grades K–12 is perfect for students who want to keep their reading skills sharp or make up for lost learning. The experience is personalized for each student, using prescriptive assessment to meet students where they are and adapting the coursework to provide the right level of intervention or enrichment. Students will work 2-4 hours per day in both live lessons with a teacher and asynchronous digital activities. 

Math Momentum

Back by popular demand, this summer math program for grades K–12 is a great way for students to accelerate their math skills or fill any gaps in preparation for next year. Expert online teachers leverage prescriptive and adaptive software to provide both intervention and enrichment. Math Momentum requires students to work 2-4 hours per day and includes live lessons with a teacher and digital lessons that can be completed any time. High school students can choose from Algebra 1, Algebra 2 or Geometry.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)

Grades K-5

This program combines STEM skills with the Arts to provide an engaging, hands-on experience for students. Students will be actively learning 2-4 hours per day and working with expert online teachers on projects and activities that build skills and curiosity.

Online Courses

ASU Prep Digital will also be offering their entire catalog of core and elective courses for grades 6-12 summer enrollment. Students will be actively learning 3-4 hours per day. Explore the full catalog to learn more.

Concurrent University Courses

Summer offers a great chance to take university courses and earn concurrent credit for both high school and college. This is the perfect way to explore the college experience, while earning valuable credits. Explore the full catalog to learn more.

To learn more about any of these summer programs, please join an online info session or contact an admissions advisor

Why Do Students Prefer Online Learning?

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Even before COVID-19 disrupted the way we educate, more and more students were seeking an alternative to the brick-and-mortar learning environment. Whether they wanted to take charge of their education or carve out more time for themselves and their hobbies, students discovered a different style of learning could be the key to their success both in and out of the classroom.

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why students prefer online learning:

Personalized learning paths.

Education is not ‘one size fits all.’ One major reason why students prefer online learning is because it takes a personalized learning approach, ensuring that every student can be successful. Many online high schools, including ASU Prep Digital, leverage individualized teaching models and technologies to assess student needs, strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles. This allows students to work at a pace that’s comfortable for them without feeling like they’re behind or  they’re moving too far ahead.

Flexible schedule.

In a traditional school setting, students are busy from morning until night. Between attending classes at set times, participating in extracurricular activities, and completing homework assignments, their schedules are jam packed and the same day after day. Another reason why students prefer online learning is because it gives them the flexibility to create their own schedule, allowing them to make more time for themselves and the things they love to do. Students at ASU Prep Digital enjoy working at their own pace and scheduling time to complete assignments while pursuing their passions, whether it’s music, dance, or athletics

Diverse learning environment.

Now more than ever, it’s important to make diversity and inclusion a priority in our classrooms. One of the unique advantages to online learning is the opportunity to connect with, and learn from, peers all around the world. At ASU Prep Digital, students are exposed to different cultures on a daily basis, allowing them to expand their horizons and make new friends that may be states or even oceans away! In fact, ASU Prep Digital offers a Global Leadership Exchange elective course where students collaborate with peers at Lydex High School in Morocco, developing important skills and establishing deeper understandings of different perspectives and cultures.

For students who are looking to learn at their own pace, set their own schedule, and have time to pursue their passions outside of school, online learning is a great option. Be sure to check out these additional posts to learn more about why students prefer online learning:

8K Local Educators Attend ASU Prep Digital Teacher Institute

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*This story was originally published on Daily Independent | Your Valley*

As the nation approaches the 1-year mark of the global COVID-19 pandemic few groups have been more affected by the pandemic than public school teachers.

Last spring, when classes suddenly went remote and playgrounds across the nation went quiet, ASU Prep Digital gathered a group of education leaders together to understand how best to support teachers navigating this uncertain future, according to a press release.

From this meeting, the Arizona Virtual Teacher Institute was born, officials there say.

The free training offered through AZVTI was designed to help Arizona teachers not only survive but thrive in adopting new digital, blended, hybrid, and tech-rich instructional practices. The training is provided at no cost to schools or teachers through the generous investment of the Arizona Department of Education, the Governor’s Office, Helios Education Foundation, and Arizona State University.

During the two weeks of Arizona’s spring break, March 9-11 and March 16-18, AZVTI will be conducting two professional development boot camps for educators focused on blended learning models and educational technology.

Additional boot camps will be available during Summer 2021 and training continue to be available to all interested teachers at the times that work best for them.

Over the last year nearly 8,000 Arizona teachers have participated in the institute, representing 367 districts and more than 1,000 schools across the state. AZVTI offers 400 separate pieces of training aimed at not only bridging the divide created by remote learning but empowering teachers with tools that will have application long beyond the pandemic.
“Arizona is home to over 47,000 public school teachers and AZVTI has already touched 8,000 of them,” said Julie Young, managing director of ASU Prep and ASU Prep Digital. “We’ve interfaced with nearly half of the state’s public schools and our mission is to ensure that every single teacher in need of resources has free access to them.”
Visit our training homepage for more information and to register for sessions.