The VHS Collaborative Rounds Out Leadership Team with Two Key Hires

January 8, 2013, Maynard, MA– The VHS Collaborative (VHS), the nonprofit pioneer of K-12 online learning, today announced they have expanded their sales/marketing and operations staff with the addition of two Directors. Jim Dachos brings nearly 20 years of experience in the education industry to his role as Director of Educational Partnerships while Daniel Barstow, a nationally regarded science and energy education expert, joins The VHS Collaborative ( as Development Director.

“As online education evolves it is vital for us to partner with schools and other organizations that share our vision for expanding educational opportunities for students and teachers,” said Jeffrey A. Elliott, CEO of VHS. “Jim and Dan both have a wealth of experience in various aspects of education and we are confident that they will help us find new ways to expand the depth and breadth of our programs.”

A resident of Byfield, Massachusetts, Dachos is responsible for developing strategic partnerships with districts, consortiums and educational agencies as well as developing integrated solutions for existing VHS member schools. Prior to joining VHS, he was a Senior Education Manager with Glogster EDU in Boston where he led the company’s marketing and sales outcomes, and built their customer base to over 7 million accounts worldwide. He holds a B.A. from Bates College and has held Teaching Certificates in Massachusetts and Maine.

Barstow is best known for founding and directing the Center for Earth and Space Science Education at TERC in Cambridge, MA, one of the world’s leading research and development centers for pre-college Earth and space science education. A resident of Stow, Massachusetts, he has also served as President of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education and has been a Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator on more than a dozen NSF and NASA-funded projects in science education, technology and policy reform. At VHS, he will be responsible for developing ideas and proposals for new funding from federal, foundation and corporate sources.

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About The VHS Collaborative (VHS) Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Maynard, MA, The VHS Collaborative (formerly Virtual High School Global Consortium) is the pioneer of K-12 online learning, having first brought online learning into secondary education. Since then, the nonprofit organization has been setting the standard for quality online education. VHS provides co-synchronous courses taught in global online classrooms for secondary school students and online professional development in 21st century teaching best practices for educators. The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development, private course offerings, and support for blended learning initiatives.

VHS’ design and delivery standards were 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 or call (978) 897-1900.

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