Thursday, March 5, 2009

Webcast: Improving Graduation Rates Through Virtual Schooling


Tuesday, March 10, 2009
3:30-4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Improving Graduation Rates Through Virtual Schooling

presented by
Mr. Stuart Udelll

*What role can virtual schooling play in dropout prevention?

*What success have others had with virtual schools?

*With current budget restrictions, are virtual schools cost effective?

In his 2008 book Disrupting Class, Clayton Christensen, Harvard business School professor and noted author on disruptive technology and innovation, suggests that within the next decade, U.S. high school students may be taking up to 5o% of their courses virtually. While independent virtual schools have begun to proliferate outside the traditional school system, Stuart will discuss alternative models of virtual schooling that school and districts may embrace to keep students "within their borders". In addition, he will examine the potential for helping to improve graduation rates through virtual education models.

On the day of the webcast, log on 10-30 minutes early to ensure you are connected to the broadcast @

Supplementary materials are now available online. All necessary information about participating fully in this professional development opportunity is found on the website. For further questions, contact the National Dropout Prevention Center or call 864.656.2580.

Participation in this webcast is free and no registration is required. The program will be archived in its entirety on the website. On the day of the webcast, link to the broadcast. This webast is produced with support from Penn Foster. If you have trouble with the link, copy and paste the entire address listed below into your web browser:,P1,F063CEFD-2B16-4933-9440-BC7ACFDCF044

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