Florida Virtual School Joins Panel Hosted by uBoost at the Virtual School Symposium 2010 Conference

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Panel will discuss how recognition and rewards programs can drive student engagement and course completion.

uBoost, the nation’s premier student recognition and rewards platform is pleased to announce that in addition to Jeff Piontek, Head of School at HTA, Pam Birtola, Chief Learning Officer, from Florida Virtual School will be joining the panel taking place at the Virtual School Symposium on Tuesday, November 16th between 9:45-10:45am in room Cascade D at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa .

Panel members will examine the role recognition and rewards play in driving student engagement and course completion in online credit recovery programs. In addition, live polls will be taken as the results of an online student survey are unveiled. The survey was completed by more than 2,300 students who attend online or hybrid schools, answering questions about their favorite forms of recognition and who they value receiving recognition from the most.

“We are excited to have Pam Birtola, Chief Learning Officer from Florida Virtual Schools, join the panel ”, says John Bower, CEO of uBoost. “As one of the nation’s largest online schools, they will bring valuable insight to this discussion.”

Please join us at uBoost’s panel on Tuesday, November 16th between 9:45-10:45am in room Cascade D.

About Pam Birtolo
Ms. Birtolo began her education career as a teacher while modifying and implementing school wide motivational programs. Always the pioneer, she later became the founding principal of a successful private online high school. She began her online education career with FLVS as a Regional Coordinator and currently serves as the Chief Learning Officer for FLVS.

Ms. Birtolo has presented the concepts of distance learning to national audiences and has been published in educational journals. She served on the founding Board of Directors of NACOL; she won the 2005 DLA Wagner Award; she serves as a member of Board of Directors of the United States Distance Learning Association.

Florida Virtual School (FLVS)
Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is an established leader in developing and providing virtual K-12 education solutions to students all over Florida, the US and the world. A nationally recognized eLearning model and recipient of numerous awards, FLVS was founded in 1997 and was the country’s first, state-wide internet based public high school. Today, FLVS serves full-time and part-time students in grades K-12 and provides a variety of custom solutions for schools and districts to meet student needs. FLVS aims to deliver a high quality, technology-based education that provides the skills and knowledge students need for success in the 21st Century. Its vision is to transform education and create possibilities for learners worldwide. For more information, go to http://www.flvs.net.

About the Virtual School Symposium
Online learning is an important innovation in K-12 education. The VSS conference provides professional development for K-12 administrators, policy leaders and practitioners; important networking opportunities; access to expertise and analysis, trends and research; and thought-provoking sessions for leaders looking to help shape the future of education, find solutions for college-readiness, credit recovery, core and advanced courses, as well as target personalized learning solutions for students across the K-12 grade-levels. For more information, please visit: http://www.virtualschoolsymposium.org.

About iNACOL
iNACOL is the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership association based in the Washington, DC area with more than 3,100 members. iNACOL is unique in that its members represent a diverse cross-section of K-12 education from school districts, charter schools, state education agencies, non-profit organizations, colleges, universities and research institutions, corporate entities and other content and technology providers (http://www.inacol.org).

About uBoost
uBoost provides educators with an automated solution to deliver relevant recognition for positive behaviors and incremental academic achievement. Working with all age groups, curricula and achievement levels, uBoost partners with publishers, school districts, online schools, tutoring companies and private education companies to design and implement customized recognition and rewards programs that foster student motivation, improve classroom behavior, and encourage parent engagement.

uBoost appreciates that students are unique – that they learn differently and that intrinsic motivation varies across subject areas. uBoost’s platform encourages students to put forth their maximum effort by recognizing their individual academic achievements in the form of performance-based badges, coveted spots on achiever leader boards, daily email alerts, and award points redeemable for rewards including forty charitable giving opportunities and access to games only available on uBoost. Clients may also offer merchandise and gift cards in their customized rewards catalog ranging in value from $.01 to $200.00.

New recognition tools, rewards, and contests are added regularly to keep up with students' changing interests and to ensure relevancy throughout the school year.

For more information about uBoost, call 808-377-4810 or visit: http://www.uBoost.com


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