Grand Rapids-based iEducation Group has introduced a new private online education service that offers one-on-one instruction for students in grades 6-12. The offering comes as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and many schools continue online instruction.
“There is a world of difference between virtual instruction and online learning, as parents around the world have seen firsthand over the past several months,” says Peter Ruppert, CEO of iEducation. “Through Fusion Global Academy, students and teachers interact in real-time throughout every class to ensure children get the most out of their class sessions and interactions with their teachers.”
iEducation says that a student’s success with virtual learning has to do with the level of student engagement. When a live teacher provides instruction in real-time to allow for discussion, clarification, and pivoting to meet students’ needs, students do better. This virtual instruction is different than online learning, in which web-based tools and assignments are posted for students to navigate independently.
Fusion Global Academy will offer one-on-one learning for students with their teachers. It is open to students nationwide and internationally who would like to gradate with a U.S. diploma. The academy will be led by Darby Carr, president of virtual learning.
Carr has more than 20 years of leadership and management experience in education and technology-based learning. She built programs that offer learning options and greater flexibility for families and students. She was previously chief administration officer and principal for a charter school in Philadelphia before working with K12, an online public school, for 10 years. In her time there, Carr helped launch and operate online schools and led curriculum development. Most recently, Carr was president of Laurel Springs online private schools.
“Our education model is focused on three things: love, motivate, and teach,” Carr says. “We first establish strong relationships with our students, then personalize their entire educational experience according to their strengths, goals, interests, and learning style. Their learning is uniquely designed just for them.”
The academy also offers its Virtual Homework Café, in which students can complete coursework during the school day with additional support as needed from teachers. The academy’s open enrollment allows students to start the academy at any point in the year.
Other offerings through the school include more than 250 accredited courses; full-time, part-time, and home school support enrollment options; customized scheduling and start times; social opportunities; virtual clubs; and virtual field trips.
“Through Fusion Academy, our network of one-to-one private schools located across the country, we have seen the tremendous impact that personalized instruction can have on teenagers,” Ruppert says. “As a veteran in the education industry, I know that students do not thrive under a one-size-fits-all approach. While many do thrive in an on-campus environment, others flourish learning from home – especially when given the opportunity to work so closely with each teacher.”
iEducation provides learning options through more than 75 campuses in 16 states and Washington, D.C., as well as online learning.