Join us for a fun, free educational event

Dear Digital Public School Families of K-4th grade students,
 
The Washington Digital Public Schools Alliance invites you to join us for a time of fun and learning at Olympia’s Hands on Children’s Museum on Friday, November 17 – at no charge! This is an opportunity to meet other digital public school parents and students and enjoy an educational day at the museum.
 
What: Visit to Hands on Children’s Museum for K-4th grade students
414 Jefferson Street NE
Olympia 98501
When: Friday, November 17
Time: 10:00am - noon
Cost: This is a no cost event
Parking: On-site parking - Parking fee $1 per hour (We will cover the cost of visiting the museum. Families are responsible for paying for parking.)
RSVP: Please RSVP by Tuesday, November 14. Click here to RSVP (You must RSVP to attend)
 
Don’t miss this great opportunity! I hope you can join us in Olympia on November 17.
 
Sincerely,
Sally Karr
President, Digital Public Schools Alliance - WA

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info@digitalpublicschools.org

Send us your back to school photos and stories

This week we start a new school year! As a digital public school parent and learning coach, I have watched my sons, Austin and Andrew, prepare for the new year. They have bought back to school supplies, excitedly unpacked boxes of books from their school, and attended orientation sessions.  They are especially excited to meet their new teachers and see their friends in the online classrooms.

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Join us for Digital Learning Day at the Capitol

Dear Digital Public Schools Families,
 
If you’re looking for a fun and engaging way to teach your children about how the government works and show your support for digital public education, I hope you’ll join other students and parents for Digital Learning Day at the Capitol on Friday, March 10, 2017 at the State Capitol Building in Olympia.
 
Every year, digital public school families travel to Olympia to express their support for this important education option. Digital Learning Day at the Capitol is an opportunity to thank our legislative champions, show support for digital public schools and talk to legislators about protecting this important education option. Students will have the opportunity to participate in educational activities and visit their state legislators.
  
Please make sure your voice is heard in the halls of the Capitol. I hope you will attend Digital Learning Day at the Capitol on Friday, March 10, 2017. Please register today!
 
Here is the agenda for the day:
 
10:00am – Registration in the Columbia Room in the Capitol Building
10:30am – Students: Fun and interactive activity that will teach you about our state government
Parents: Legislative update
11:30am – Rally, awards ceremony and group photo in the Capitol Rotunda
12:00pm – Lunch and meetings with legislators
1:00pm – Educational activities in the Capitol Building
 
Register for Digital Learning Day at the Capitol
 
If you haven’t already done so, and you want to stay connected for future events, please join the Digital Public Schools Alliance. And, follow us on Facebook.
 
Thank you for all your hard work and support on behalf of our schools. I look forward to seeing you in Olympia on March 10!
 
Sincerely,
Sally Karr
President, Digital Public Schools Alliance - WA
Learning Coach to Austin and Andrew
info@digitalpublicschools.org

Help us tell your story

Dear Digital Public School Family,
 
We need your help on a quick project. As many digital public school families know, changing the perception of digital public school classrooms is one of the more difficult parts of what we do every day. Allowing families to provide their children with the best learning environment for them is what drives us in our pursuit of a robust and widely supported digital public school system. Unfortunately, we still have a ways to go towards educating many policymakers who do not know about the existence and benefits of online learning for many families across the state. 
 
One of the most effective ways that we can convey this message is by telling the story of how your family has benefitted from our digital public schools.
 
Please take five minutes and fill out our online survey so that we can show our lawmakers the benefits of funding and supporting digital public schools.
 
We will not share any of your individual responses unless you give us permission. The data will be aggregated and shared with Washington’s leaders on education policy.
 
Informing policymakers about digital public schools and the enormous benefit they bring to our kids continues to be our mission, and you can make a big difference in this effort.
 
Please take five minutes to fill out our online survey.
 
With the help of digital public school families across the state, we have been able to protect our funding in past legislative sessions, despite bills that threatened to reduce it significantly. There will be more challenges ahead, and we are working hard to prepare for them now. With your help, we will be ready.
 
Thank you for your help and support.
 
Sincerely,
Sally Karr
President, Digital Public Schools Alliance - WA

P.S. Save the Date!  Digital Learning Day at the Capitol is March 10, 2017.  I will send you more information on this important event in the coming weeks. 

 

Newsletter: Welcome Back to School

Dear Digital Public School Families,
 
Welcome back to school! This is an exciting time for students and parents as the 2016-2017 school year is fully under way. My name is Sally Karr, the President of Digital Public Schools Alliance (DPSA) and learning coach to my two sons. DPSA is a coalition of Washington digital public school families and supporters dedicated to the long-term viability of digital public schools in our state. 
 
I want to commend all our parents who, over the last several years, have worked hard to educate state policymakers about the importance of digital public schools. Thanks to your efforts, the Washington State Legislature is better informed about the critical role of digital public schools for so many Washington families. Stories from digital public school families need to be a part of the public debate as we continue to inform and educate policymakers about our unique form of schooling. Your participation makes a real difference to decision-makers in Olympia.
 
As we start the new school year, I urge you to check out the DPSA website, sign up for our updates and be sure to Like our Facebook page. If you’d like to play an active role in advocating for our education choice, please email me at info@digitalpublicschools.org.
 
I also encourage you to mark your calendars to attend our Digital Learning Day at the Capitol, which will be held at the State Capitol in Olympia on March 10, 2017. This is a great opportunity to meet other digital public school families and learn about our state government.
 
Thanks for your support, and I look forward to working with you to promote digital public education.
 
Sincerely

Sally Karr
President, Digital Public Schools Alliance - WA

 

Legislative Page Program: A Wonderful Opportunity for Digital Public School Students

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Capitol building drawing contest!

Wanted: original line art drawings of our state Capitol building in Olympia!

Students, send us your best line art interpretation of our domed Capitol building, and your drawing may be the featured artwork on all of our distribution cards for Digital Learning Day at the Capitol on March 6th! 

This contest is open to any student in grades K-12 who is currently enrolled in a digital public school in Washington State.

Drawing must be of the Capitol building in Olympia, WA, and include at least part of the dome. Drawing may be stylized; we are looking for art, not just architecture.

Entries must be hand-drawn line art, meaning black and white only, with no additional colors or shading. Black pen or marker, or dark pencil, will show best.

Size: 8 1/2” tall x 5 1/2” wide (sheet of paper folded in half lengthwise; drawing should be made vertically).

Drawings may be submitted electronically or through regular mail service.

Electronic entries should be scanned or digitally photographed and submitted online at Info@DigitalPublicSchools.Org.  

Mailed entries should be sent to:

Digital Public Schools Alliance 506 Second Ave. Suite. 1430 Seattle, WA 98104.

All entries must be received by January 18, 2015.

Winning entry will be judged and selected by the DPSA board members.

Winning entry will be printed on yellow card stock for hundreds of note cards that will be hand-delivered to all WA State senators, representatives, and our governor for Digital Learning Day at the Capitol on March 6, 2015. 

Thankful for digital public schools? Tell your Legislator about it!

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As we approach the truly American holiday of Thanksgiving, there are many things for which I am grateful.  One is the opportunity to choose what kind of schooling my kids receive.  We are fortunate to have many educational choices in Washington, be it traditional brick and mortar schools, digital public schools, alternative learning experiences, homeschooling or the new charter schools springing up around our state.  The reason we have so many options is parents and students spoke out about their needs and worked with legislators to make education better for all students.  To keep these options available, it’s important to keep talking and telling our stories, specifically to our legislators.

My first experience with talking with my legislators was at a Digital Learning Day at the Capitol six years ago.  My husband, oldest son and myself came to the capitol and were inspired to talk to our senator and representatives.  Even though I was nervous, it was an exhilarating experience and the best part was our legislators really wanted to hear from us.  They all asked great questions and spent lots of time with us.  They really heard what we had to say, and I feel we had the chance to put a face on digital public schools.  The best part was my then seven year-old son got to share why his school was important to him which made a lasting impression.

Getting to know your legislator is as easy as taking a few simple steps. 

1.     Find out who your state legislators are.  This can be done simply by entering your address in this helpful tool on the state legislative website. 

2.     Call, write an email, or visit.  Your legislators want to hear from you, their constituent.  You are their boss, and your story and opinion matter.

3.     Get to know their legislative assistant.  Often your senator or representative may not be available, but a good conversation with his or her LA can go a long way to getting your message across.  Your legislator depends on their assistant to be as educated as they are on the issues so take time to talk with the LA.

4.     Follow them on social media.  Facebook and Twitter are good ways to keep up with what your legislator is doing and what their position might be on an issue.  Re-tweeting and liking posts they make shows you are paying attention to what they are doing. 

5.     Attend Digital Learning Day at the Capitol on March 6, 2015.  This is a great event that gives students and families the chance to explore our capitol and learn how our government works.  It’s also an excellent opportunity to meet with your legislators and their assistants and tell them why your digital public school works for you.

Often, legislators don’t really understand what it is we do or what a digital public school looks like.  You’re the expert about your family and your schooling choice so take a moment to get to know them and allow them to get to know you.  If you ever need help in setting up an appointment with one of your legislators, please do not hesitate to contact us and we’ll work with you.

Until next time, 

Sally 

Sally Karr is the President of Digital Public Schools Alliance and the learning coach to Austin and Andrew. Her family has enjoyed the benefits of digital public schools since her oldest son started kindergarten 8 years ago.  Her two children, Austin and Andrew, both currently attend Washington Virtual Academy, and her husband, James, teaches for the school as a middle school math teacher.  The Karr family values the individualized, public school option and feels it best meets their kids' learning needs.  In addition to being a learning coach, Sally works with state and national legislators and other parent advocates to advance parental choice and to get the word out about this high quality educational option. Sally has been a member of the Digital Public School Alliance board for the past two years.



NEWSLETTER: 2014-2015 School Year

Dear Digital Public School Families,
 
Welcome back to school.  This is an exciting time for students and parents as we kick off the 2014-2015 school year.  My name is Kimberly Platt and I am the President of Digital Public Schools Alliance, a coalition of Washington digital school families and supporters dedicated to the long-term viability of digital public schools in our great state. 

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NEWSLETTER: Student Needs Fueling Growth in Washington’s Full-time Online Public Schools

Survey shows many parents need alternative to traditional classroom

Olympia, WA – The number of Washington children attending full-time online public schools has grown steadily over the last four years as a new survey reveals many parents need an alternative to the traditional classroom environment.  According to over 600 parents with children in WA digital public schools who responded to an online survey, there are a wide variety of reasons why families need this public school option.  The survey respondents represent families with students in all grades, from kindergarten through 12th grade.

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2013 Washington Digital Public School Family Survey

The results are in!  We can’t thank you enough for participating in this year’s family survey, which helps us communicate to policymakers and the general public about the reasons parents choose their school and how it’s working for them.  Over 600 Washington families responded, which gave us an incredible snapshot of our schools.

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NEWSLETTER: Parents of Digital Public School Children Express Outrage at Superintendent Randy Dorn

Proposal would eliminate funding for kids in K – 5th Grade

Olympia, WA – The Digital Public Schools Alliance, a coalition of Washington parents who have children in online public schools, are vehemently opposed to a new proposal from Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn.  The proposal, released recently by Dorn’s office, would eliminate funding entirely for children who attend full-time online programs in grades kindergarten through 5th grade.

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Parents Tout Legislative Goals for Digital Schools and Outline Activities to Advance Agenda

Return of full funding, opposition to Dorn Bill, Removal from ALE. Olympia, WA – The Digital Public Schools Alliance (DPSA), a coalition of Washington parents with children in online public schools, have outlined their agenda for the 2013 legislative session and their plans for accomplishing these three core objectives.

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