Author Archives: Marita Damghani


Why Sevenstar?

Sevenstar logo 1Beginning this school year, Christian Schools International made an intentional partnership between Sevenstar, our current online course provider, and the CSIonline Academy program for our member schools and their students.

A little about CSIonline Academy’s history:
Christian Schools International launched CSIonline Academy in 2012 to serve our member schools and non-member schools by providing online foreign language, math, English, and select elective courses for those in grades 6-12. At the start, Christian Schools International paid for curriculum providers, teachers, and leadership staff to manage and run the program. As the second year was underway, the need for more diverse class options and more affordable programming became realized. Ultimately, we needed a like-minded partner.

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Online Learning, Sevenstar, Teaching, Webinars

Teaching Online: First-Hand Experience and Best Practices — Webinar Re-Cap

50-FE4-TeachingOnlineMany classroom teachers have begun to migrate toward online education as a place to broaden their teaching experience and deepen their impact with students. Andrew Vanden Heuvel led a webinar about what it’s like to teach in an online environment, utilizing the interface to enhance both traditional classroom experiences and fully virtual programs. He discussed helpful skills needed to be a successful teacher in the online format as well as suggested resources and best practices that are key to online teaching success. This webinar recording is a great opportunity to glean advice from an online teaching veteran who understands the pros and cons of pursuing online teaching career opportunities. Administrators are encouraged to invite teachers and faculty to explore these opportunities to enhance classroom effectiveness and as a means of earning additional income.

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Marketing, Online Learning, Webinars

Marketing Your Online Program: Webinar Re-Cap

webinar-01As mentioned in the previous post, I was given the opportunity to join two others in a panel discussion via a webinar with Sevenstar. The recording of that webinar is linked below. Some of the ideas I shared in my previous post are mentioned, but many other great ideas are also shared by the fellow panelists. Please check out the recording to learn ways to continue sharing your online program with your school community and those outside your school who could benefit from online courses.

Click here to view Sevenstar’s recording of the live event:

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Marketing, Online Learning

12 Ways to Market Your Online Program

webRecently I was given the opportunity to join other school administrators and marketing specialists in a discussion about marketing best practices related to online programs. Here are some of the ideas I shared, many of which could be tweaked to fit your situation perfectly.

A lot goes into marketing strategy when you have an audience as large and diverse as your Christian school does. You need to reach your administrators, teachers, staff, school board members, parents, and students, not to mention the world outside your school doors. If you have an online program or plan to start one, gleaning some ideas about great marketing strategy will be worth its weight in gold.

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IT Specialists, Webinars

Understanding the Value of Investing in an IT Specialist – Webinar Recap

7b9f3b07072cda99dc496942bfbf7ee0Some great member schools are pioneering the way into technology advancements in their programming via 1:1 initiatives, funding IT integration efforts, staffing expanded to include IT support, and workshops for IT professional development. The webinar introduced attendees to two schools and their IT staff and supporting administrators in those areas. This facilitated panel discussion gave a brief overview of the schools’ programs.

Listen as panelists discuss how schools determined their need to enhance tech options, how they integrated technology in curriculum, who they hired to support the IT programs, and how they rallied and trained their staff and school community to support the initiatives. Webinar attendees asked panelists great questions pertaining to these topics.

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Online Learning, Uncategorized

Welcome to Digital Discovery!

In this ever-changing world of digital learning, Christian Schools International offers this blog to serve as a fluid and growing collection of resources, research, and news highlighting online course programs, professional development, and digital learning opportunities for K-12 schools. Posts include valuable insights from experts in the digital learning field, some working in our member schools and others from programs and organizations. We hope the information shared prompts opportunities for you to reach out to one another and to network about best practices and useful resources.

Content for this blog will include blog posts; links to articles and resources; audio and video archives, including the follow-up resources to Christian Schools International’s digital learning webinars; and suggestions for events, blogs, and groups that continue the conversations we launch.


Written by: Marita Damghani, Online Education Consultant for Christian Schools International

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