Pearson Online and Blended Learning continues to work with Michigan school districts to combat declining enrollment and learning loss through virtual school partnerships.

Increased community, parent, and student expectations coupled with tight budgets and staffing demands have made this a challenging period in education. Families now “shop” for the education experience they think will best meet their students’ needs. Add to this stress a shortage of teachers because of the pressures of new technologies and competing priorities.

Attendance data from December indicated that Michigan districts experienced a 3.7% drop in student attendance (nearly 53,000 students), many associated with the COVID-19 pandemic (Source). Families inevitably are looking for safe yet effective alternatives to the classroom, but uncertainty looms as the pandemic vaccination efforts continue. State districts are losing these students homeschooling and other alternatives, and there are fewer kindergartners enrolling.

While medical professionals anticipate children aged 12 and up will have access to COVID vaccines before start of school, younger students may have to wait longer.

Most districts will need to keep a virtual option available to their students to meet the needs of the community of learners, but many want to do it through a partnership so they can focus on the task of transitioning back to in-classroom learning.

A partnership with an experienced virtual school provider like Pearson gives districts a chance to keep those students from heading out the classroom door and allows them to focus on the needs of all students. Michigan districts need easy-to-implement, customizable online learning programs to help retain students in their school communities.

A partnership with Pearson can provide:

  • a virtual or blended program through our all-in-one school management system
  • hundreds of online K-12 courses including core , credit recovery, electives, gifted and talented, honors, Advanced Placement®, world languages, CTE courses, and more
  • optional certified instructional support from our experienced teachers and live tutor support in core subjects in grades K-12
  • family engagement and onboarding support, plus year-long program management support
  • more than two decades of experience providing online learning solutions for students

Combating learning loss? Online summer school may help close the gap.

The need for online K-12 core and credit recovery courses will continue past June. Districts can offer additional online learning options for Summer 2021. Many states and districts are working to mitigate learning loss by using Phase III Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) funds to provide classroom instruction or online learning during the summer months.

Pearson can help you provide an online summer school option to address the needs of all learners, including:

  • elementary and middle students struggling in core subjects
  • high school students needing core, electives, or credit recovery
  • at-risk students who have fallen behind in the hybrid or online learning environment
  • elementary and middle-school Summer Smarts reading and math courses which include placement assessment, goal-setting, and regular check-ins
  • students who need NCAA-eligible courses

Learn more about Pearson’s district partnerships, or explore summer courses.