The Virtual High School Collaborative to Present at iNACOL Blended & Online Learning Symposium

July 1, 2013, Maynard, MA – The Virtual High School (VHS) Collaborative (, the nonprofit pioneer of K-12 online learning, today announced that it will be speaking at iNACOL’s Blended and Online Learning Symposium, October 27 – 30 in Lake Buena Vista, FL. The event will enable school program representatives to learn about the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in e-learning.

Daniel Barstow, Development Director and Kim Spangenberg, STEM Program Manager will present Next Generation Science Standards: A Revolution in Science Education. The session will present an overview of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), provide examples of online science activities that support them, and help participants learn what makes effective implementation of NGSS. Attendees will hear how NGSS could impact their schools, districts and online programs.

“For over 15 years, VHS has been helping middle and high schools to better engage students in STEM courses through the development of blended curriculum and dedicated online courses that harness student interest,” said Jeffrey A. Elliott, CEO of VHS. “We have developed an expertise that is second to none and are excited to share our wealth of knowledge with attendees of the symposium.”

As a nonprofit collaborative of schools, VHS’ mission is to provide students with access to high quality online learning experiences and courses not offered at their school, while supporting educators with the professional development and services they need to provide an effective 21st century education to every student. VHS member schools have access to a range of core, elective, and AP® courses as well as gifted and talented courses – that inspire, ignite and deepen learning. Students develop independent learning skills, explore college majors and careers, earn credits and, participate in global classrooms. Courses are taught by active classroom teachers who are specially trained in online teaching best practices, highly qualified, and certified in their subject areas.

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About The VHS Collaborative (VHS) Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Maynard, MA, The VHS Collaborative is the pioneer of K-12 online learning-. Since then, the nonprofit organization has been setting the standard for quality online education. VHS provides engaging 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 standard was 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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