LearnLaunch Co-Founder Joins The Virtual High School Collaborative Board of Directors

Education technology expert, Eileen Rudden, to lend expertise to The VHS Collaborative Board of Directors.

September 4, 2013, Maynard, MA – The Virtual High School (VHS) Collaborative (, the nonprofit pioneer of K-12 online learning, today announced they have appointed education technology expert, Eileen Rudden, to their board of directors. A resident of Cambridge, MA, Rudden is the co-founder of LearnLaunch and LearnLaunchX, Boston’s education technology accelerator.

Former Chief Officer, College & Career Preparation for the Chicago Public Schools, Rudden was responsible for ensuring the college and career readiness of 400,000 students and the third largest public school system in the U.S. Prior to her transition into the education industry, she had an illustrious career in high-tech leading the growth of industry leaders, such as Avaya, Lotus and Wang. She serves on a number of boards, including for the Massachusetts Business Alliance Association. She was a 2009 Broad Fellow and graduate of the Broad Superintendent’s Academy, received her MBA from Harvard Business School, and her BA from Brown University, where she served as a Trustee.

“Eileen’s combination of education and technology expertise will lend tremendous value as we shape the future of VHS,” said Jeffrey A. Elliott, President & CEO of VHS. “As we focus more, in particular, on partnering with large urban school districts, her guidance will be invaluable.”

“Online learning provides access to many subject areas and levels which may not be available to students in their schools,” said Rudden. “VHS is a quality provider and I look forward to helping grow the organization dramatically.”

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About The VHS Collaborative (VHS)
The VHS Collaborative (formerly Virtual High School Global Consortium) is the pioneer of K-12 online learning. Since 1995, 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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