Virtual High School Global Consortium: Press Release

Virtual High School Recognized as Best Practice by
the United States Distance Learning Association
Takes Home 21st Century Best Practice Award in Distance Learning
05/08/2007
Virtual High School Global Consortium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Virtual High School Recognized as Best Practice by
the United States Distance Learning Association

Takes Home 21st Century Best Practice Award in Distance Learning

May 8, 2007, Maynard, MA – Virtual High School Global Consortium (www.govhs.org), the pioneer of online learning for high school students and online course design for teachers, today announced they have received the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) 21st Century Best Practice Award in Distance Learning. This is the second time the organization has received this prestigious acknowledgement.

The award was presented yesterday at the USDLA’s 20th Anniversary conference in Kansas City, Missouri and was accepted by Virtual High School’s (VHS) President & CEO, Liz Pape http://www.usdla.org/html/events/dlAwards_07.htm. Recognized as the standard of excellence for achievement in distance learning, the annual USDLA awards program acknowledges major accomplishments in distance learning and highlights those instructors, programs and distance learning professionals who have distinguished themselves in the field.

“For the last 11 years, we have worked hard to create a best practice that everyone in the distance learning community can benefit from,” said Pape. “To that end, in the coming months we will be announcing a number of new services and tools that will allow educators to start teaching online or to become more effective online teachers.”

VHS is a non-profit collaborative consisting of schools, teachers and students. The organization partners with school districts to provide nearly 250 core, Advanced Placement (AP) and elective NetCourses, allowing schools to expand curriculum offerings with courses they otherwise would not be able to offer. Each course is taught by a highly qualified and certified teacher at VHS member schools. These teachers first complete VHS’s rigorous graduate-level online professional development program, which teaches how to transform all of the elements of an in-person course into an online course and engage and foster collaboration between students. They then deliver award-winning online asynchronous VHS courses while continuing to teach at their face-to-face schools. While the course teacher may be located in a particular state or country, the 25 students in the course can represent many different states and countries. As a result, VHS’s virtual schooling courses help students develop 21st century skills by fostering online collaboration with students from all over the globe.
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About Virtual High School (VHS)
Virtual High School is the pioneer of online course design and instruction for teachers and online education for high school students. Virtual High School partners with schools to provide rigorous, student-centered online courses that help expand vs. replace existing curriculum options. Members of the VHS collaborative include over 9,000 enrolled students, 361 member schools and 260 teachers in 28 states and 33 countries. The recipient of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2005 awards for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices and the Stockholm Challenge 2001 Award for exemplary use of technology in education, VHS was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Maynard, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.govhs.org or call (978) 897-1900.

Press Contact: VHS: Carol Arnold, Arnold Communications, carol@arnoldcomm.com, (877) 718-4604 x2.


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