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Jul 29, 2020

As parents contemplate their options for Fall 2020, the terms "online learning" and "virtual instruction" have become more commonplace than "unprecedented." Many students struggled to access their education in Spring of 2020, which made parents wary of the new digital components for Fall 2020. But what is that digital component and how can you advocate for the teaching modality your child needs?

Lucky for us, Dr. Jennifer Walsh Rurak, Ed.D, is with us today and she talks to us about what successful instruction over the internet can look like. What is the difference between online learning and virtual instructional? Which is best for your child? They aren't mutually exclusive and they aren't the same. So join us to learn about what the differences are and how you can advocate for your child.

Jennifer is the District Vice President for Fusion's Northeast area. She earned her Doctor of Education degree with a concentration in Educational and Instructional Leadership from Northeastern University. Additionally, she has a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership/Administration and a Master of Science degree in Special Education both from Canisius College, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Exceptionalities from SUNY Cortland.

Prior to joining Fusion Academy, Jennifer spent nine years as a school principal working in public school settings in New York State and taught at the middle school level prior to becoming an administrator. In addition, she has worked as an adjunct graduate professor in the Educational Leadership department at St. Lawrence University. When Jennifer is not working, she enjoys running, Pilates, and boating. Jennifer is excited to be a part of the Fusion team and believes deeply in the power of one-to-one education.

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A Tale of Two Approaches: Online Learning and Virtual instruction: