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Virtual Schools: Planning for Success


reviewed by Shula Klinger — 2006

coverTitle: Virtual Schools: Planning for Success
Author(s): Zane L. Berge, & Tom Clark (Eds.)
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807745715, Pages: 246, Year: 2005
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This collection of essays offers its readers a realistic and thoughtful survey of online school development. Rather than tackling the “why” of online education, it delves into the “how,” exploring and explaining the processes and elements that are key to an online school’s success. If you have already taken part in a venture of this kind, this collection will ring some loud bells in your mind. However, if you are taking your first tentative steps towards a school-wide, online program for K—12 students, it is full of important lessons and essential warnings. Cautious readers who are tired of the optimistic rhetoric surrounding online education will find much to interest them in this work, which does not make promises about the programs for students of “tomorrow,” but tackles the practicalities and pitfalls of offering a program for students who are in school today. With refreshing candor, Berge and Clark are dismissive of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 190-193
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12115, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 8:49:25 PM

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  • Shula Klinger
    South Island Distance Education School
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    SHULA KLINGER is a freelance consultant in online school and community development. Her Ph.D. (2002) examined the use of online forums in education policy development. Most recently, she worked as an instructional designer for the Vancouver School Board (2002-2005). Her most recent publication is a chapter in the "Encyclopedia for Youth Culture" (Greenwood Publishing; forthcoming 2005), which she co-authored with 9 students from an online high school in Vancouver, BC.
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