Monday, October 28th, 2019
1:55 PM - 2:45 PM: Poster Session
Engagement Strategies for Learners
Session Title
Quality, "High Touch" Blended Learning
Learn from our experiences and walk away with a clear picture of how blended learning with online teachers is successfully meeting the needs of students across an entire state.
Learning Objectives
Create equity and access for students.
Develop a system of accountability and integrity via Standards and PLC processes.
Explore approaches to curriculum and course design to ensure student success.
Intended Participants - Role
Intended Participants - Knowledge Level
Participants with some experience in the topic, but looking to grow
Kirsten Wilson, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Virtual Arkansas

Candice McPherson, Course Design Coach, Virtual Arkansas
I have been involved in education for 12 years. I am currently a course design coach for the state virtual school. I manage course design and development projects by assisting teachers with the creation, implementation, and revision of online courses. Our courses are presented in a blended format with content only options as well. We work as a supplemental provider to K-12 public schools around the state to help them meet the needs of learners.

Mrs. Paula McDougald, Lead Teacher and Course Developer, Virtual Arkansas
After beginning my career teaching in a traditional classroom, I have spent the past 10 years teaching a wide variety of mathematics courses to 9th-12th grade students online. My online experience has allowed me the opportunity to work with students around the world as well as my hometown. Most recently, I have found my joy in our state virtual school. I teach in a blended format, supporting dozens of K-12 public schools around Arkansas in meeting the mathematics needs of local students.