We must commit ourselves to make education
as engaging, interactive, and participatory as
the immersive video games students spend
of students. These are virtual schools
where students experience any-time,
any-place, any-path, any-pace learning.
These virtual schools, including
FLVS, provide students with a high-quality, technology-rich educational
experience to gain the knowledge and
skills for success in the 21st century.
The curriculum is delivered via the
Internet, and teachers employ innovative instructional practices to offer an
individualized learning experience for
The result: Students gain time, more
learning-pace flexibility, more engaging course materials, and more indi-
vidualized attention from teachers.
Deliberately woven throughout the
virtual learning environment are 21st-
century skills—critical thinking, collaborative communication, and global
Teachers coach our students, either
one on one or in small group sessions,
and permit them to resubmit work until they have perfected it—much like a
real-world situation where employees
continue to refine their work product
until it is polished.
Last year, FLVS economics teacher
Patty Sibson organized the Global Economic Summit, a cross-curriculum exploration of global issues that brought
together hundreds of participants from
around the world to engage in dialogue and creative problem solving.
Virtual schools provide students
with opportunities to embrace leadership roles and to demonstrate social
responsibility and enhanced social
skills. At FLVS, students participate