• The Virtual Student Is...

    Self Managing

    Self-managing learners have a willingness to learn and practice effective strategies for organizing and managing their time, resources, and personal learning space. Maintaining an organizer/planner, scheduling daily study and review times, and keeping a ready list of resources organized and at hand are some examples. Developing skills to identify and manage stress is also central to effective self-management. Perseverance, a growth mindset, honesty, and integrity are all part of managing one’s own success in the virtual program and throughout life. Everyone needs help and support but the self-managing student constantly seeks a way to take initiative and responsibility for their own success.


    The intrinsically motivated student actively seeks and finds methods to achieve individual academic success. Virtual students are able to learn, foster, and practice strategies to stay involved and interested. Online learning is not an easy way out. Students must be prepared to manage a rigorous program with the same expectations as a traditional classroom. Virtual learners have the initiative to be successful without constant urging and reminders and they view learning as is its own reward.

    Personally Committed

    Virtual students are willing to leverage a strong commitment to achieving academic and personal growth in a digital learning setting. A personal decision to stick with the program and do what is necessary, including putting in the time, actively and regularly communicating with teachers and peers for growth, and adopting a “can do” attitude, are characteristics of committed learners. New skills and unique challenges are parts of a virtual program and committed students are prepared to meet these head-on and view them as opportunities to cultivate a valuable lifelong learning and work ethic.

    Technology-Capable and Responsible

    Technology-capable students demonstrate age-appropriate technology skills necessary to navigate the digital devices and applications required for success within a virtual learning environment. Learning new applications is a matter of course and a point of pride as digital competence and flexibility is a valuable, lifelong skill. Technology responsible students are aware of, and faithfully follow, laws and guidelines for safely, legally and ethically learning online. Virtual students exercise a high standard of responsibility and care for their own and district devices.


    • review and utilize feedback from formative data
    • self assess
    • give and receive feedback
    • navigate a variety of digital tools
    • access, interact with and leverage digital learning environments
    • manage time effectively
    • exercise good digital citizenship 
    • troubleshoot technology issues
    • contact and work with the Help Desk


    Virtual Learners are responsible for having:

    • a dedicated school space that is quiet, well lit, and organized
    • the school supplies list
    • a computer (one, maybe two devices)
    • a web camera
    • a headset with a microphone
    • a high-speed bandwidth
    • in some cases a printer
    • assistive technology as specified in IEP 


    • show ownership of their learning
    • are familiar with a variety of digital tools
    • collaborate with peers
    • understand online learning etiquette
    • know how to ask for help
    • manage time effectively
    • exercise good citizenship and judgment
    • create an ePortfolio for each class
    • communicate with their Learning Coach
    • communicate with teachers
    • be self-advocates
    • participate actively, camera on, during synchronous learning


    Virtual Learners attend necessary trainings including:

    • self-monitoring using Skyward
    • online learning strategies
    • attendance and grading
    • accessing people and resources for help
    • navigating teacher webpages and learning platforms
    • basic technology training
    • SEL for students