AERA 2014 – Voices of Virtual School Leaders: Challenges and Advice

Virtual School Meanderings

This is the twelfth session – and final one for Friday – that I am blogging from the 2014 annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA) begins today in Philadelphia.  The session is described in the online program as:

Voices of Virtual School Leaders: Challenges and Advice
Dennis Beck, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; Jason LaFrance, Georgia Southern University; Jayson W. Richardson, University of Kentucky

As virtual schools grow in number and in the scope of offerings, school leaders are faced with issues and decisions that have implications for finance, policy, and practice.  However, little research exists on best practices for virtual school leaders, their experiences, and their background. This study examined the professional and personal backgrounds, experiences, and skills of 15 virtual school leaders at k-12 schools accredited by AdvancEd. Interviews of these virtual school leaders point to the need for virtual school leaders to…

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