Mr T speaks...

With Michigan Virtual University-Education & Online Learning

Richard Kerry Thompson

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Richard Kerry Thompson aka / Mr. T / RKT / is a visionary, advocate and charismatic leader, with demonstrated expertise in the areas of At Risk students, online learning and seat time waiver for K-12 students, with a focus on improving achievement outcomes, particularly with at-risk students, in the Alternative Education / Non-Traditional setting.


The following 13 cutting edge videos are from an interview with RKT by Michigan Virtual University one of the top Online platforms in the nation and world.

Richard Thompson is the Principal / Dean of Students and Director of Operations at Swartz Creek Academy.


The Academy is an alternative education school in Swartz Creek, Michigan, that provides students an opportunity to earn their diplomas by taking courses in online or blended formats.


Richard’s program emphasizes rigor, responsibility, and growth when working with students in alternative settings. Michigan Virtual™ staff spoke with Richard about how his school establishes practices that focus on relationship building and allow students to take control of their learning.


Hear directly from Richard in the videos below, and check out the YouTube playlist for even more insights.

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In these clips, we ask Richard Kerry Thompson, Principal / Dean of Students at Swartz Creek Academy, about his thoughts on the value of student relationships. Swartz Creek Academy is an alternative education school in Swartz Creek, Michigan, that provides students an opportunity to earn their diplomas by taking courses in online or blended formats. Richard's program emphasizes rigor, responsibility, and growth when working with students in alternative settings.

13 Videos & Thought Provoking ideas Put To Action...

  1. The Importance of Relationships
  2. Recognizing Student Voices
  3. Instilling Desire In Your Students
  4. Setting Expectations For Students
  5. How Do You Hold Students Accountable
  6. Inspiring Students To See Possibilities For Their Futures
  7. Helping Students Tackle Challenges and Grow
  8. Using Covey's 7 Habits as a Mentor
  9. Orienting Your Students To Online Program
  10. How Mentors Can Influence Parent / Guardian Involvement
  11. What Is A Typical Day For A Mentor
  12. Coordinate With Mentors and Team Mentors
  13. What Makes A Good Mentor
https://youtu.be/xIokZNP-Dm0
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https://youtu.be/6CdMLsKK2gk
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https://youtu.be/9f83W1Luhho
https://youtu.be/X6qvSQMdUcE
https://youtu.be/7IJqZTBWJZA

Special Acknowledgement

I wish to acknowledge MVU Michigan Virtual University for their support and dedication to students of all ages and being the lead in digital virtual learning.


Specifically...

Thomas Soria

Justin Bruno


Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak my Ethos, Pathos and Logos of Education in America.


RKT

Hi Richard!

I hope you and yours are enjoying this holiday season! I just wanted to send along a link to the blog post that we recently (finally!) published that features videos from the interviews we conducted with you so long ago. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this with us. These videos can likely be featured in professional learning offerings and great discussions around how to best motivate and inspire students. Thank you again!

https://mvlri.org/blog/swartz-creek-academy-stresses-responsibility-growth-relationships/

Justin Bruno

Professional Learning Services Manager

P: 517.664.5465

E: jbruno@michiganvirtual.org

Improving Education. Improving Lives.

3101 Technology Blvd., Suite G, Lansing, MI 48910

Visit our new website at michiganvirtual.org and mvlri.org

Interview Time Total = 37:36

  1. The Importance of Relationships = 1:38
  2. Recognizing Student Voices = 2:19
  3. Instilling Desire In Your Students = 2:15
  4. Setting Expectations For Students = 3:33
  5. How Do You Hold Students Accountable = 5:08
  6. Inspiring Students To See Possibilities For Their Futures = 3:30
  7. Helping Students Tackle Challenges and Grow = 2:21
  8. Using Covey's 7 Habits as a Mentor = 1:54
  9. Orienting Your Students To Online Program = 2:06
  10. How Mentors Can Influence Parent / Guardian Involvement = 3:47
  11. What Is A Typical Day For A Mentor = 4:18
  12. Coordinate With Mentors and Team Mentors = :52
  13. What Makes A Good Mentor = 2:47

RKT Curriculum Vitae