Rebekah Richards is a Co-Founder of The American Academy. Rebekah has worked in online high school education since 1999. She has been involved in the early stage planning and implementation of numerous public and private online high schools throughout the country, including Colorado Online Learning, Connecticut’s Adult Education online program, The Online Latin School, and Insight Schools, Inc. As the Chief Academic Officer for The American Academy, Rebekah oversees education program development, policy initiatives, and program compliance.
Rebekah is a frequent speaker on dropout recovery and prevention and the use of online learning to address the needs of at-risk students. She has been featured at national and international conferences on topics including dropout recovery best practices, online learning for students with learning disabilities, online instructor training, learning management systems, training complex cognitive skills, and instructional message design.
Rebekah is very active in dropout recovery public policy initiatives. She has collaborated with legislators in multiple states on policies giving school districts the ability to better serve returning dropouts. Rebekah recently served on the advisory council for the International and Transregional Division of Northwest Accreditation Commission, now a division of AdvancEd. As a member of the standards task force for both Northwest Accreditation and AdvancEd, she has helped craft rigorous accreditation standards for online programs throughout the US.
Rebekah received a B.A. in Classics from Brigham Young University, an M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology from Utah State University, and an M.A. in Classical Philology from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Graduation Alliance partners with school districts across the nation to help give dropouts and other at-risk students the flexibility, social support and academic interventions they need to get back on the path to graduation. Founded in 2007, Graduation Alliance is dedicated to providing school leaders tools that compliment their existing programs without straining their budgets. Enrolled students enrolled are provided a network of proactive supporters including licensed teachers, academic coaches, local advocates and 24/7 tutors. In addition to its work with at-risk students, Graduation Alliance also operates a private, accredited, online high school focused on providing a wide variety of courses to students of all ages across the globe.