Reprinted with permission from Virtual High School Global Consortium: Press Release

USDLA Honors Virtual High School Global Consortium with Two Awards for Best Practices
VHS was recently honored by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) with the world's most prestigious distance learning award presented for excellence in distance learning.
04/30/2008
Virtual High School

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USDLA Honors Virtual High School Global Consortium
with Two Awards for Best Practices

VHS was recently honored by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) with the world's most prestigious distance learning award presented for excellence in distance learning.


St Louis, MO, April 30, 2008 – Last week the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented its 2008 International Distance Learning Award to Virtual High School Global Consortium (www.govhs.org) in conjunction with the 2008 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Virtual High School Global Consortium (VHS) earned a 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning, the highest award given by the organization, as well as a silver Best Practice Award for Distance Learning Programming in K-12 online technology for their educator Best Practices courses. These are the fourth and fifth USDLA awards that the organization has received, having been awarded 21st Century Excellence in Best Practices and Excellence in Programming in 2005 and Excellence in Best Practices in 2007.

Since 1987, USDLA has been the world's premier distance learning association. The USDLA International Awards program honored outstanding individuals and organizations for excellence in the field distance learning, education and training. These prestigious International Awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance learning programs. Included in the recognition ceremony were awards for 21st Century Best Practice, Best Practice for Distance Learning Programming, Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching, Outstanding Leadership by an Individual, Hall of Fame and Eagle Awards.

"As a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we are honoring VHS as a leader in the industry," said Dr. John G. Flores, CEO of USDLA. "VHS has raised the bar of excellence and we are truly honored by their contributions to the distance learning industry."

The USDLA Awards were created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance learning instructors, programs, and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite and blended learning delivery technologies. In addition, winners will be recognized in an edition of USDLA’s Distance Learning Today quarterly supplement. Distance Learning Today appears in USA TODAY's top-tier markets for distance learning - major commuter hubs, convention centers and hotels. It is read by 3.5 million goal-oriented, affluent professionals who recognize the value of distance learning, education and training. The section will also be featured on the USDLA website, which averages 2.6 million hits per month.

“We are incredibly honored to have our dedication and excellence in K-12 online learning recognized by the USDLA,” said Liz Pape, President & CEO of VHS. “Each and every day we have a firm focus on raising the bar so that we can enable middle and high school students to reach their full academic and professional potential.”

Mr. Reggie Smith III, USDLA board member and chair of the awards committee, noted that, “We look forward to seeing how VHS will inspire the 2009 award entries as they are recognized in Distance Learning Today to 3.5 million readers and via their participation in National Distance Learning Week (http://www.ndlw.org), November 10-14, 2008.”
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About Virtual High School Global Consortium (VHS)
Virtual High School Global Consortium is the pioneer of online course design and instruction for teachers and online education for high and middle school students. VHS 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 per year, 370 active member schools and 235 teachers in 30 states and 23 countries. The recipient of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2005 and 2007 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.

About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. http://www.usdla.org

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



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