Virtual High School Recognized as Best Practice by the United States

May 8, 2007, Maynard, MA–Virtual High School Global Consortium
(, 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. 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.

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 or call (978) 897-1900.

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