Mary Zaleski

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VLAC program brings new value to online learning world

One of the greatest things about my position as a mentor teacher is I work remotely the majority of the time. While this has been a blessing to be able to care for my growing family, I wasn’t aware what a true blessing it was until the start of this pandemic. I am able to continue teaching, guiding and mentoring students and families through our program exactly like I was before COVID-19.

Yes, my days have certainly become more hectic as my oldest son isn’t in school anymore and I can’t rely on childcare each week, but I am so thankful I can continue to educate my 45 students in the exact way I was doing before. I literally haven’t skipped a beat!

VLAC’s K-12 students are homeschooled by their parents, which we call the Learning Guides. They go through our curriculum from a third-party vendor (Calvert or Lincoln). VLAC teachers are here to teach our students when needed, offer support and resources, interact with our students each week, help answer questions, monitor progress and much more! Typically, we do see our students face-to-face at events, field trips and monthly meet-ups but, for now, those are all being held virtually or cancelled. Aside from our face-to-face meetings, that is really the only major difference we are experiencing (along with my 1 and 4 year old running around my house 24/7)!

We are part of an ever-growing online learning trend that seems to be more important than ever and no longer just a trend. We will continue to work remotely and make sure our students are getting one of the best educations there is out there while still enjoying our little ones during this precious time in life.

To learn more about VLAC, visit https://virtuallearningacademyconsortium.org/Pages/home.aspx.

Andrea Becker is one of Oakland Schools’ mentor teachers for the Virtual Learning Academy Consortium (VLAC).

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