Teaching and technology come together to address shortage

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

Walking into Samantha Cain’s classroom at Lancaster Middle School, you could hear a pin drop as the eighth graders concentrated on the lesson being presented, eyes on their laptops, earbuds in.

They are all paying attention to algebra instruction provided by a highly qualified, Virginia certified teacher, but one who is not actually in the classroom.

This learning opportunity was made available through Virtual Virginia, a program created by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) that offers everything from core academic courses and world languages to advanced placement coursework for middle and high school students across the Commonwealth. 

The online program offers a solution for the district and students who get high-quality content delivered by a qualified instructor that they might not otherwise have access to due to…[to-view-more]