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“What do you mean due dates?” Maria was confused by the report saying her son was behind in a class. The school said it was self-paced, so when the family went out of town for a funeral last week, she didn’t worry about him missing school. He should just be able to get back into the flow when they returned, right?

10 Sep

Self-Paced vs. Flexible Paced in an Online School

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Mindfulness is both necessary and hard to achieve in an era ruled by short attention spans. Pulled in so many directions by so many distractions, people find it difficult to stay fully in the moment. But, with students benefiting from techniques of mindful learning, there is value in learning how online school helps build a student's mindfulness.

10 Sep

Mindful Learning: How Online School Helps Build a Student's Mindfulness

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There's a reason that Dr. Seuss has enjoyed enduring popularity for decades. His stories resonate with kids giving them a lifelong love of learning and reading. What is the reason for this lasting legacy that keeps his books firmly on the shelves of every childhood bedroom? It's quite simple: Dr. Seuss thinks like a child. He is creative, filled with life, and his imagination knows no bounds, just like children. The vivid landscape he paints with the pleasing cadence of his rhymes creates a world that children wholeheartedly identify with and enjoy. It's a world without limits and restraints, a world where anything is possible. A world where students in a high quality online school get to play and create.

10 Sep

Thinking like Dr. Seuss: 5 Ways Online School Boosts Students' Creativity

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Aug 1, 2014 3:27:32 PM

This CMA-SAS #touchthefuture blog post takes a look at a question we received from a parent interested in our personalized online school: To ask your own question, click here to take this survey.

10 Sep

2014-09-10 11:52:16 -0700

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Disclaimer: At CMA-SAS, we like to feature of the voice of our students, so this blog post carries a bit more heat than usual all while creating an effective message that we just couldn’t hold back. 

This CMA-SAS #touchthefuture blog post takes a look at a question we received from a parent interested in our personalized online school: To ask your own question, click here to take this survey.

10 Sep

How Online High School Helps Inspire Young Entrepreneurs

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Jul 24, 2014 6:30:00 AM

This CMA-SAS #touchthefuture blog post takes a look at a question we received from a parent interested in our personalized online school: To ask your own question, click here to take this survey.

10 Sep

5 Tips to Overcome the Fear of Sending Your Child to Online School

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Once upon a time, the United States Congress mandated that a college conduct over half of its instruction in physical classrooms to be eligible for federal financial aid. The law unfairly discriminated against people who participated in online schooling. Residents of rural areas, working adults and military members were especially hurt by the law. Thankfully, Congress removed the 50 percent classroom instruction threshold in 2006 and financial aid became available to all eligible online students. Today there are numerous ways to obtain financial aid and scholarships for online classes.

10 Sep

How to Apply for Scholarships and Financial Aid for Online School Plus 4 Takeaway Tips

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Martha is a small town librarian, the single mother of 15-year old Sarah. Her daughter, Sarah, is an accomplished classical pianist, but she and her mother are frustrated and disappointed with her progress in public high school.

10 Sep

Preparing Students for The Future of Work (The Perks of Online High School)

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Tommy is getting ready to start the 9th grade at the CMA-SAS online high school. Although he's excited about the new opportunity, he's also determined to be more mindful when it comes to keeping track of all of his homework assignments. In the past, he was notorious for losing important papers or turning them in late because he'd misplaced them. His bookbag looked like a junkyard, full of once crisp looseleaf now shredded.

10 Sep

What Happens When You Lose Assignments? Not a Problem w/ Online High School

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With the summer time heat now in full steam, this blog post takes a look at a list of summer books that will entice the multicultural online school student.

10 Sep

Top Ten Summer Reading List for Online High School Students

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Many parents are finding a personalized online high school curriculum via the distance-learning alternative a compelling advantage. A virtual education provides more choices in where you attend and how your child learns; however, the ability to learn without the normal classroom structure, and overcoming student procrastination are both crucial factors.Thats's where personalized education comes in.

10 Sep

The Top 3 Questions All Parents Need to Ask the Online High School Before Enrolling Their Child

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This blog post comes from Chris Geis, Executive Director of CMA-SAS. He shares his story of how he found his passion for personalized online education and why he, along with Tamra Excell, have become advocates for the Personalized Education Philosophy which differs from the the so-called personalized education many claim to create.

10 Sep

Faculty Spotlight: Meet Executive Director Christopher Geis "Personalication Via Online Learning - A New Way of Life"

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Student voice is an incredibly important value in my life. Not only is it beneficial to myself, but it is also beneficial to the world around me. Oftentimes people tend to be unheard or their thoughts trivialized- whether they’re a student, a worker, or a child. Students not having a voice seems to be incredibly prevalent in today’s society. People assume that I am too young or too inexperienced to know what’s good for me or for others. If you speak to others my age, you realize that this is a common hardship we all share.

10 Sep

Student Voice: The Power of Empathy and Compassion

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When you look at a picture like this, what is your first thought? Pretty? Funny? Happy? Maybe some other nice adjective? I can tell you one thing for sure. Those words never went through my head when I was younger. Whether looking at a picture of myself like the one above or just seeing myself in the mirror, the words that always traveled through my head were things like ugly, worthless, small, stupid and crazy.

10 Sep

Student Voice: Learning Empathy Through Personalized Education

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Around this time of the year, our students from all over the world begin to plan summer vacation. "What to do" is the question many ask. This blog post helps students take a look at travel as a learning experience instead of vacations. Don't get us wrong, sometimes we all need a vacation and a break away from studying can serve us well. Sometimes, however, we can dig deep into our travel to enhance our lives beyond what vacationing can offer.

10 Sep

The Difference Between Student Travel Over Vacationing (The Perks of Being an Online High School Student)

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Josh is sophomore enrolled in online high school. He's a budding cellist who finds the e-learning curriculum to be more in tune with his demanding practice schedules for the local youth symphony than a traditional academic institution. Although he's looking forward to the end of another semester, there's also a burning desire to temporarily get away from the familiar and explore new territory.

10 Sep

5 Benefits of Student Travel (The Perks of Being an Online High School Student)

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We care deeply about personalized education. Why? Because 1:1 education is possible today like never before and your child deserves personal attention. Let’s keep in mind that we all learn at an individualized pace. To dig deep into what exactly “personalized education” means, we recently asked CMA-SAS staff a few questions about personalized education. Here are their responses:

10 Sep

So...What is Personalized Education Exactly?

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Lately, we've had quite a few questions about what exactly defines a "personalized education". Here's a bit of information to clearly line up how we define it at CMA-SAS.

10 Sep

5 Pillars of Personalized Education

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Are you at all like me? Do you ever feel that you have no words to express what you are feeling or what you say will come out wrong? That’s an everyday occurrence when you have dyslexia.

10 Sep

Student Voice: My Ancestors Live in Me

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Hi! My name is Zenya and I am seventeen years old. My dream is to become a professional ballet dancer. My mom took me to my first ballet class when I was four years old. When I took my first class I knew that this was what I wanted to do the rest of my life. Many people laughed at me and asked how a four year old could know what career they want. But so far I have still kept striving toward this dream that I wanted since I was four.

10 Sep

Student Voice: What's it like as a First Year Student at Online School? Just ask Zenya

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Your voice as a student, a member of society, and and individual doesn’t just mean the ability to make choices or to speak, it also means self expression in general. A voice doesn’t have to be one that is audible, it can be a story or message in the form of paint on canvas, written and shown on posters or billboards, shown through dance or music, and written in books and poetry. Of course it can also be spoken, as well, for those that prefer speaking. Once you find your preferred way, or ways, of voice you can try to configure that in your dream career, use it to open possible activities or dreams for the future, and can open your mind to how you can better express yourself in your life.

10 Sep

How to Find your Voice and Use it in Daily Life: personalized learning at its finest.

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At CMA-SAS, we care deeply about providing students with helpful information 24/7. That's one benefit we love about not being restricted to a bell schedule or classroom walls. This blog post offers students a few tips to write an incredible research paper, which many students are working on now.

10 Sep

5 Tips to Write Your Research Paper

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At CMA-SAS, we believe in personalized learning which means giving students a multitude of tools to achieve their dreams in the global economy. Here's a blog post that focuses on working in the cloud with a sharp focus on what Google can offer.

10 Sep

Not Every School Prepares Students to Work in the Cloud.

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We often hear from parents that traditional schooling doesn't prepare children well for the current economy. This blog post takes a look at how online school helps build entrepreneurial students and prepares them to build a successful and meaningful life-long career.

10 Sep

Teaching Digital Literacy: Preparing Students for Entrepreneurship

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I was once in a college literature class where the professor confidently said, “I assume we are all of Judeo-Christian background here, so…” She then went on to apply this filter to the analysis of the stories and poems we had recently read, and she was coming up with interpretations that differed from my own. Do you think I raised my hand to let her know that her assumption meant I was left in the dark about all the analogies she was now using to teach me? Today I would have, but not then. Raised in a militant-atheist household, I had only started learning about various religions, and I felt instantly stupid. In retrospect, I probably had something unique to contribute, especially in interpreting the works by authors who were also not of Judeo-Christian backgrounds. Instead, I struggled silently, and this was just another case where a teacher was telling students what to think.

10 Sep

Careful Questioning: Nurture Student Voice and Unlimited Learning

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Music is a passion that is often realized when a person is extremely young. Parents who allow their children to embrace music as a child, encourage them to take lessons and pursue their goals. Children with exceptional talent and a love of classical music, often aspire to being first chair in an orchestra. In rare cases, when their talent is honed early on, the choice may have to be made as to what best serves their needs.

10 Sep

What it Take to Make First Chair: 4 Benefits for the Scholar Musician

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John dreaded writing his research paper on local history. He read a few encyclopedia entries at the library, checked out a few books and wrote his paper writing as many of the facts he could logically fit in, in an organized and very readable format. The truth? John's paper was boring to write and boring to read.

10 Sep

5 Tips to Become a Master Writer: An Online School Student's Quest to Write a Stellar Paper

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We are seeing education across all grade levels take to the Internet, and for good reason. There are a lot of tried and true benefits to learning in an online environment. When students learn online, they are exposed to learning in the digital age. For those entering the workforce, chances are they are going to have to know how to communicate effectively online with people around the world. Going through an online education program in high school and beyond will teach the skills necessary to succeed from a rhetorical standpoint.

10 Sep

3 Ways Online High School Builds Empathy

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While entrepreneurship is indeed booming in certain areas of the United States, especially in tech hubs like San Francisco, Miami, Austin, and Boston, there is still a distinct lack of entrepreneurship and leadership classes and teaching methods in most schools. When newspapers relate test scores to the success of the school, there's little school leaders and teachers can do to boost students' entrepreneurial skills.

10 Sep

How Teacher Mentors Build Entrepreneurial Students

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We have had several decades of reassessment about the best approaches to educating our children. New technologies have delivered a plethora of options and abilities that that have given parents new options for educating their children. We have been offered the unique opportunity to become educated as global citizen's in today's quickly changing landscape, which requires this cross-cultural reality check.

10 Sep

Building the Global Citizen in Online School

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