Richland School District’s new Director of Online Learning brings years of experience in supporting innovative online instruction to the development of Richland Virtual School.
Dr. Jesse Buchholz is working with RSD administrators and teachers to launch Richland Virtual School for the 2020-21 school year. The new K-12 program will be based on the model used by Spokane Public Schools’ Spokane Virtual Learning. It will provide a fully online, teacher-directed learning experience for students and families looking for an alternative to traditional in-person instruction.
“High quality and engaging online instruction is in high demand,” says Dr. Buchholz. “By using proven models and resources paired with RSD’s highly trained and dedicated teachers, we can provide this option to our own community.”
Dr. Buchholz has worked in education for 16 years, both in K-12 and higher education and public and private schools.
He spent the past seven years at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, where he taught educational technology, developed a robotics curriculum and conducted professional development for other educators across the region, including Richland teachers. Dr. Buchholz was also the university’s chief administrator of Canvas, a learning management system also used in Richland schools.
Dr. Buchholz holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Dickinson State University, a master’s degree in Education from University of Phoenix, and an education specialist degree and doctorate from Northwest Nazarene.