Niswonger Online at iNACOL

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) recently asked the Coordinator of Niswonger Online to present at their symposium detailing the benefits of our online learning program and how it helps students in rural settings. The Niswonger Foundation was thrilled and our Coordinator of Learning Resources, Gina Pavlovich, held a one-hour session discussing the consortium that has been created to bring together local school systems and how Niswonger Online is reaching students throughout the state and giving them the chance to earn credits in courses that could never be offered in their brick-and-mortar schools.

This was a great opportunity to connect with administrators from rural school systems throughout the U.S. and we hope to be asked to present again at next year’s symposium which will be held very close to home in Nashville, TN Oct 21st-24th 2018 at the Nashville Music City Center.

Parent and Student Testimonials

Need more reasons why and how Niswonger Online helps students?
Check out some of the testimonials below!

Students

“…Overall, this program was just a marvelous way for me to get ahead and stay ahead in school and life.” -10th Grade

“…The Niswonger Online classes allowed me to take all the AP/Honors courses I wanted PLUS band, without any worries of scheduling conflicts.” – 11th Grade

“… Niswonger offers so many great classes that open so many doors. I’m really excited to be learning Accounting online right now and the program also offers Accounting II which will be great for me in the future.” – 11th Grade

“… I would have had to give up band this last semester if Niswonger Online did not offer Personal Finance online. THANK YOU!” – 12th Grade

“… The Niswonger program has not only helped me to excel in school but also in my personal life. I am currently taking Personal Finance online and have already learned how to budget my money and interview properly. These skills are essential.” – 11th Grade

“… The Niswonger Foundation has allowed me to take a class that has never been offered at my high school. I know this will help me when I start college and I’m so thankful for that.” – 11th Grade

Parents

“I wanted you to know from a parent’s view, I deeply appreciated this online Geometry class opportunity. Not only is (my daughter) improving her GPA by retaking the course, she raised her ACT Math score by several points. Seeing her ACT score raise is proof to me that she is learning this skill.”

“… As we get close to the end of the semester I wanted to say thanks, these online courses really saved my son. It’s so exciting to see him on track for his senior year without being overloaded or too stressed.”

“…I was so surprised by how much my daughter enjoyed her online Sociology course. Dr. Burgin was so helpful and really made it fun and interesting. I’m sure you know, but wanted to share that you have a great teacher on your hands!”

“My daughter’s school does not offer any AP courses, yet here she is, about to graduate with 2 AP credits. This is all thanks to the Niswonger Foundation. Thank you so much.”

Help Videos for Schools Enrolling Students

Beginning June 25th this page will be under construction to reflect changes in our Learning Management System. All videos will be updated and available by August 1st.

Below are links to videos that will show you step-by-step how to create a student account, enroll a student, check student progress, and run a final grade report.

New to Niswonger Online? Click here
Video on creating a new account and enrolling students

Worked with Us Before but Need a Reminder? Click here
Short video reminding how to create account and enroll

How are my students doing? Click here
Video showing how to get a progress report on all students anytime you need one

How do I see final grades? Click here
Video showing where to find students’ final grades and how to run individual reports

How often does my student log-in? Can I see their full grade report? Can I see if they are communicating with their teacher? YES! Click here
Links to help you understand how your student is doing

My Student Says They Are Working, How do I Know for Sure? Click here
How to “log-in as your student” to see work submitted, last time they logged in, and the online course in general

Questions?

What I Wish Someone Told Me BEFORE Taking an Online Course

Please share the links below or print off for your upcoming online students. Both are short articles that will give them a little understanding of what it means to take an online course. Also, please share with them the Niswonger Online Student Help Desk website at https://nflcstudentsupport.com/

What I Wish Someone Told Me BEFORE Taking an Online Course
https://nflcstudentsupport.com/2017/04/19/what-i-wish-someone-told-me-before-taking-an-online-course/

8 Online “Netiquette” Guidelines Every Student Should Know
https://nflcstudentsupport.com/2017/04/19/online-netiquette-guidelines-all-students-should-know/?preview_id=242&preview_nonce=fe2e1c7637

8th Graders Earning High School Credit?! YES THEY CAN!!!

Happy Valley Middle School and Niswonger Online

-Gina Pavlovich- Coordinator of Learning Resources

hvms-studentsFront Front Row L to R: Allie Grindstaff, Hailey Pearman, Michelle Boucher, Blakelee Ollis
Back Row L to R: Grace Martin, Eli Phillips, Olivia Absher, Autumn Lyons, Lucas Chausse, Joshua Bowman

This fall Niswonger Online was excited to have our first online course consisting entirely of middle school students. Happy Valley Middle School enrolled ten 8th graders into a Niswonger Online Personal Finance course giving their students the opportunity to earn high school credit before ever stepping foot in a high school. The students pictured above did an OUTSTANDING job and everyone at Happy Valley Middle School and the Niswonger Foundation are proud of their accomplishment.

I recently met with the students to ask them about their online course. They were very honest, stating that it was not easy, but also realized important information was learned about budgeting and finance that they know will one day be used. They also discussed how they were grateful to learn more about computers and programs such as Word, Excel, and Prezi; saying that this knowledge is already helping them in other courses within the classroom. The course was taught by Chase Hicks, a long time online Personal Finance teacher for Niswonger Online. He was a great asset while working with the school and students through this new endeavor.

“I’m thankful that the Niswonger Foundation gave our students this opportunity and proud of the students for making it a success. We hope that 8th graders earning high school credit through Niswonger Online becomes the new norm.”
–Jon Minton,  
HVMS Principal

         The Niswonger Foundation would like to thank Jon Minton- Principal HVMS, Katherine Hyder- Assistant Principal HVMS, Danny McClain- Carter Co Schools Secondary Supervisor, Dr. Kevin Ward- Carter Co Superintendent of Schools, and the Carter County School Board. Your forward thinking and understanding of how students benefit from these courses has given these kids a step ahead as they move forward to their next stage of learning.

Go Warriors!

Niswonger Online and Hamblen County Schools

“Pavlovich said a wide variety of classes are offered through the Foundation, including AP classes, languages, physical education and computer science. She said these classes don’t just teach the content, but also teach important college and career readiness tools such as time management, industry, and soft skills.”

Read full article here:

http://www.citizentribune.com/back-to-school-board-offers-thank-yous-after-snow-days/