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National Program Highlights West Ada and Rebound for Transforming Education through Digital Learning

August 31, 2017 – Fuel Education awarded West Ada School District and Rebound School of Opportunity with the Transforming Education through Digital Learning Award this year, including West Ada School District in the top five districts across the country recognized for encouraging students’ academic achievement through innovative classroom technology and online courses.Rebound Students and Principal at January 2017 Graduation


Fuel Education (FuelEd) announced the 2017 Transformation Award winners:


  • Baltimore County Public Schools (Maryland) – for blending online and face-to-face instruction to create an engaging Spanish experience through its Passport Program.
  • Ector County Independent School District (Texas) – for using supplemental, rewards-based learning to help close the student achievement gap for students with special needs, English Language Learners, transient students, and more.
  • Hermiston School District (Oregon) – for expanding course offerings, fostering independence, and meeting unique student needs by blending and flipping instruction in a comprehensive high school.
  • Uplift Monterey (California) – for creating the opportunity for high school dropouts ages 16-24 to earn a high school diploma while completing courses toward a comprehensive career path.
  • West Ada School District (Idaho) – for giving students a second chance to earn their high school diploma in a flexible learning environment.


“These schools and districts have taken a fresh look at student challenges and have identified inspiring, new ways to use online learning to create impactful programs,” said Sean Ryan, General Manager of FuelEd. “FuelEd strives to provide the tools to help every student succeed, regardless of their specific needs. But let’s be clear, it is the innovative school leaders who ensure student success.”


According to FuelEd, this year’s award recipients were selected from a pool of districts and schools with different demographic, economic, and geographic backgrounds, representing a wide range of student needs. The Transformation Award winners’ programs demonstrated creativity and resourcefulness in developing new ways to address certain challenges, such as providing students with the means to earn a high school diploma after dropping out, learn a foreign language, recover credits, prepare for the workforce, or achieve a variety of other academic goals. Each program uses FuelEd’s portfolio of online learning solutions to provide students expanded options, flexibility, and personalized learning.

Rebound Students in Graduation Gowns with Feet Together in Circle

Rebound School of Opportunity began implementing FuelEd Online Courses in their curriculum in 2015, and since then student enrollment has doubled. According to Principal Mike Hanneman, “When [students] walk in the door, we want them to know there are people willing to help them. Rebound is a fresh start for them.”


Rebound School of Opportunity students attend school five days a week, but have the choice of a morning or afternoon session. This flexibility has been crucial for students with jobs, children, or other responsibilities. When they arrive, students report to one of three virtual learning labs to work on their online courses. Lab mentors assist students in navigating the virtual learning experience and stay on task with course work.


“The autonomy we have with the FuelEd Online Courses, mixed with our strong emphasis on relationship building, are what make Rebound a successful program,” says Tobey Jossis, Coordinator of Digital Learning.


For details about this year’s winners, their programs, and how they are using FuelEd solutions, visit