After experiencing the chaos of the COVID pandemic, we are want to do everything we can to restore balance to your family/school life. We understand that you need your child's education to be consistent, streamlined, high quality, and fun. We also understand that the pandemic has been traumatic for many families. Our response to this has been to create an educational program with clear developmentally appropriate expectations that is also uplifting, happy, and fun. Our online environment is easy to navigate even if you are new to online learning.
We believe that meaningful learning can only occur in the context of meaningful relationships. As such, social interaction and connectedness form the beating heart of NOVA's online learning community. We are a group of 21 educators, parents, and professors, researchers who care deeply about each other and the work that we do. We are eager to welcome you and your child into our community and construct new learning experiences throughout the year. Students will have opportunities to interact online with Instructors, community members, and peers.
The difference is like the difference between night and day! At NOVA, we've created our entire school with the foundation in an online learning model. NOVA has been in the works for over 10 years and is not a response to the pandemic. In 2010, Dr. Damian Corbin Jenkins created NOVA's learning model in her dissertation at the University of Santa Barbara. Since then she has collaborated with teachers, professors, researchers, and tech experts to build NOVA. Content Developers and Instructors have expertise in online pedagogy and receive ongoing support to continue learning and growing in the field. We are a community of whole hearted people who care deeply and are passionate about students and online learning.
Students will need a computer or laptop, a good internet connections, access to updated browsers, and supplies such as paper, pen/pencil, etc. Students "Plug into NOVA" daily to complete course work.
NOVA is a community of learners. We come together collectively to share, grow, and learn together. Your student is joining NOVA's community. Students will have the opportunity to connect with their instructor and fellow students. NOVA considered connectedness as essential in online learning and you'll see the term reflected throughout NOVA.
NOVA's instructors are content experts in their field and care for a students overall well-being. They are real people with a true understanding and perspective to help your student thrive at NOVA. To see a full list of our instructors view NOVA's Instructors page to learn more about them.