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Shhh...don't tell Rebekah that I'm doing this or she'll have my head.
No, not really.
Today is a special day for us here at TAA. Rebekah Richards, a TAA Founder and our Chief Academic Officer, is receiving the 2010 OUTSTANDING YOUNG PROFESSIONAL award in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University.
Rebekah is an alum of USU, having earned her M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology there. She continues to be at the forefront of design and development of innovative online learning solutions, and I am thrilled that USU has recognized her achievements in the field.
Rebekah and I have been partners in the creation of TAA from its earliest days, and it's an honor to work with such an intelligent, capable professional who is so passionate about The American Academy's mission.
Please join me in congratulating her on a job well done!
Feel free to drop her a line at congrats-rebekah@TAASchools.net
Last night President Obama made a very direct reference to the need to reform education, develop innovative programs and "ensure that every child has access to a complete and competitive education". His mention of the U.S. having one of the highest dropout rates among industrialized nations, and his call for education as a key to being competitive in a global economy are key imperatives that drive us here at The American Academy.
I applaud the administration's call for education reform, and look forward to our school and our solution being a part of the bigger drive to improve the lives of our citizens through education.
Thanks to Fox News for providing this clip - check out this highlight from the President's speech. A text link to the complete speech transcript may be found here.
It's hard to believe, but it's been a little over a year since we launched The American Academy. And what a year it's been! Truly, I can say it's been one of the most rewarding years in my professional life (and in my personal life, but that's another story for another time...).
I came from the enterprise software world, building very large systems for retailers and state, local and federal government customers. That experience has given me an interesting view of the world of technology in education, and in particular in online learning.
This article in the New York Times this past weekend is an in-depth (and disturbing) look into the murky world of what are known as "diploma mills".
We get many calls every day, and of course many more online inquiries (after all, we are a virtual school!). Today we got a call that deserves particular mention. A gentleman called today from Saudi Arabia - his family is living in New Zealand. He was born in Korea.
We are proud to be one of the only schools in the world that offer language and government classes for the Navajo Nation. These classes are helping to preserve the language and culture not only for Navajo children, but for anyone who is interested in learning a language not likely to be taught in a regular high school!
Check out out our press release as well as a recent article about us in the Salt Lake Tribune.