An educator for 18 years, PVA Principal Melissa VanKlompenburg knows what it takes to make a virtual school tick and support student success. She has served in various roles ranging from teacher to coaching and learning consultant to school leader to school leadership development specialist. In her most recent position as remote learning lead, VanKlompenburg led a virtual collaborative group of 67 department leaders to develop, improve, and sustain virtual and remote instruction for over 29,000 students across NHA. This experience made her the ideal candidate to lead PVA.
Her tips for students are:
- Make room. Create a dedicated learning space free from distractions. Edutopia recommends a learning space that is curved and open, comfortable, well lit, and has fresh visual displays relevant to your coursework, such as a chart or alphabet poster.
- Be prepared. Gather all your learning materials in one place and keep within arm’s reach before your school day begins. This might include pencils, paper, books, and ensuring your device is charged and connected to the internet, to name a few.
- Stay organized. Post your daily schedule, keep a list of assignments, check them off as you go, and use a planner or calendar.
- Ask questions. Not sure what to do or are you feeling stuck on or confused about an assignment? Ask your teacher for help!
- Take care. Eat well, drink water, take technology breaks when you can, and move whenever you are able. Springer Nature shares “healthy behaviors are associated with academic achievement in adolescents.”
Parents want nothing more than a high-quality education for their child. PVA provides the necessary resources to ensure student success. From implementing a traditional brick-and-mortar scheduling structure, to providing at-home learning materials, to classes taught by certified educators, to providing books and other necessary learning materials, students are able to excel academically from home.
For its West Michigan students, PVA will also offer a micro school option. Located in Grand Rapids, students can enroll in this individualized program that provides some of the flexible elements of virtual learning in a small in-person classroom environment. Core here, too, is the structure and support, plus the social interaction, that strengthens students’ moral character while building community.
The school will open its virtual “doors” and welcome students in September 2021. Apply online today at prepnetvirtualacademy.com.
PrepNet Virtual Academy is a Michigan-based, free public charter online school serving students in grades K-12 with an early college program. For more information, visit prepnetvirtualacademy.com.