The luncheon panel was held Oct. 25 at The Eberhard Center at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Panelists for the event were:

  • Susan Patrick is the President and CEO of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning. iNACOL is the professional association for advocacy and research in K-12 online learning, publishing national quality standards and best practices. 
  • Stephanie Hargens in 2010 became the Head of School, Michigan Virtual Charter Academy — a statewide virtual charter school headquartered in Grand Rapids.
  • James Bermingham is the superintendent of the Berrien Springs Public Schools. Berrien Springs serves a highly diverse international student population with students from more than 40 countries enrolled in district schools.
  • Michael Van Beek is director of education policy at the Mackinac Center and author of Virtual Learning in Michigan's Schools.