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Schools That Work| Case Study

Idaho Digital Learning Academy

Grades 9-12 | Statewide, ID

Online Learning in Idaho

Idaho Digital Learning Academy deploys online learning to expand course options, personalize instruction, and reduce costs.

What This School Is Achieving


Idaho Digital Learning Academy (IDLA) is the state-sponsored online school serving the entire state of Idaho.The online infrastructure created through IDLA connects students across Idaho (including those in remote areas) with highly qualified teachers.

IDLA was created by the Idaho Legislature in 2002. They have enrolled more than 65,000 students since then.

IDLA ranked 3rd in the nation for Online Learning Policy and Practice (Center for Digital Education, 2008)

How They Do It

Meet a Virtual Principal: How to Lead from a Distance

Meet a Virtual Principal: How to Lead from a Distance

Administrator Jeff Farden takes us on a ride through his workday and describes the unique demands of leadership for online learning.

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Model Online Learning Programs From Across the U.S.

Virtual schools are transforming students' experiences nationwide, as spotlighted these standout examples from the Edutopia archives.

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Teacher Development: Starter Kit for Teaching Online

Expert advice on shifting from brick and mortar to bytes and bits.

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One Teacher's Take: How Holly Mortimer Took Her Teaching Career Online

How Holly Mortimer Took Her Teaching Career Online

It takes a certain kind of educator to thrive as a full-time online teacher. Holly Mortimer describes how skills like responsiveness and flexibility are critical to create the best online learning experiences for students.

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Susan Patrick: Why Online Learning Is a Smart Solution

Susan Patrick: Why Online Learning Is a Smart Solution

The president and CEO of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) explains why the time for virtual education is now.

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Ten Takeaway Tips for Online Learning

How to make virtual education work best.

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Research Roundup: Online Learning

A quick reference on the science behind virtual schooling.

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Online Learning: Why We Chose These Schools

Idaho and three other states show the promise of online learning.

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The Brave New Breakthrough of Online Learning

Discover how K-12 students and teachers from across the country are using virtual technology to create enhancements to their learning experiences and new success in their lives.

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Resources and Downloads for Online Learning

Free tools, web links and other resources to help bring online learning to your school.

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