On tonight, Wednesday, October 26, 2011, Louisiana Public Square will be discussing Louisiana’s dropout rate. For online learners this discussion could prove vital as solutions to combate this problem are discussed, because the some of the newest additions to our state’s public school system have been our virtual online public schools. Indeed, such schools as Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy, Louisiana Connections Academy, aand Louisiana Virtual School have set a mission to make online learning more accessible and lower dropout rates in our state as well as help advanced high school learners excel in their pursuit of earning college credit. In support of the continuing the creation of these types of programs as well as the further integration of technologies to help education become more inclusive and flexible for all learners, the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) and Achievement Through Technology and Innovation acts have (ATTAIN) been created. These acts were created to ensure that technology is provided and effectively implemented using academic content that engages students in the creation of their learning experience.
In the online world of learning, as many of us know, education is very student-centered. Many learners excel in this type of environment because they have more control over how they receive information being taught to them. Indeed,they are freer to interpret information in ways that they understand most rather being forced to teach themselves the personal logic of their instructor first and the material second. Learners need to understand their own learning style to become better learners, and the learning styles assessment that takes place during individualized educational planning can take place more efficiently online. Indeed, online learning is just as conducive, if not more than, to the individualized learning that more effectively helps learners to reach their educational goals. Forums such as Louisiana Public Square are important to help the public gain a better understanding of these programs and many more that will help students to succeed.
Panelists speaking at tonight’s discussion will be:
- Hollis Downs -State Representative and House Education Committee member
- Lora Hammons – Rustion High School Teacher
- D. Scottt Hughes – Executive Director of Alliance for Education
- Debbie Schum – Louisiana Department of Education, College & Career Readiness Goal Office
- John Warner Smith – CEO of Education’s Next Horizon
- Kermit Poling – General Manager of River Radio
For more information about tonight’s discussion, visit Louisiana Public Square’s Dropout Dilemna: Louisiana’s Education Crisis