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Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance Strengthens Online Learning through Leadership, Advocacy, and Quality

The Virtual High School collaboratives with online industry leaders to share knowledge, brainstorm best practices, and establish quality standards for online education

Boston — Sept. 28, 2017 —Combining more than 150 years of online and blended learning operational experience, the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA) is an association of some of the most innovative virtual programs in the U.S. The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.) is pleased to be a part of this unique collaboration.  

Consisting largely of leading state virtual schools, and several outstanding consortia, the member organizations serve well over a quarter of a million online course enrollments annually. VLAA members provide their districts and students with over 2,200 active, highly-qualified teachers trained in online instruction, supply blended learning services to their constituents, and conduct online learning research.

“Virtual learning has experienced significant growth and has become increasing complex over the last twenty years. The collective knowledge and expertise of the VLLA is invaluable to all members of the organization,” said Amy Michalowski, Dean of VHS. “The Virtual High School is excited to leverage our extensive online learning experience in support of positive educational and teaching outcomes for students across member organizations.”

A 501c3 educational nonprofit organization, VLLA is a focal point for sharing resources, services, and expertise among virtual learning providers. The Alliance also partners with researchers and educational organizations to gather and provide data across more than a dozen states represented by the VLLA.

Members can leverage VLLA in many ways, including program budgeting assistance; professional development for member executives and staff; content and technology sharing; short- and long-term strategic planning; and help with student career and college readiness. The group recently launched its website, which features a new weekly blog post each week on topics like successful online credit recovery, artificial intelligence, and effective student engagement.  

About The Virtual High School

The Virtual High School (VHS Inc.) is an online learning pioneer. Since 1996, the nonprofit organization has set the standard for quality online education. VHS provides courses taught in global online classrooms for secondary school students and online professional development for educators.  The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development and individualized course offerings. VHS design and delivery standards are the model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning. The organization has won numerous awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global Excellence in Information Technology, and is a three-time winner of the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices. For more information, visit www.vhslearning.org or call (978) 897-1900.

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