The Virtual High School to Present at National Rural Education Association Annual Convention and Research Symposium

VHS to Educate NREA Attendees About How to Create Connected Classrooms

October 10, 2013, Maynard, MA – The Virtual High School (, nonprofit pioneer of K-12 online learning, today announced that it will be presenting at the National Rural Education Association’s (NREA) annual convention and research symposium, October 18 – 20, 2013 in Branson, Missouri. At the event, rural school teachers, administrators and researchers will learn how to create a new generation of learning in rural schools.

Gordon Duckel, Online Learning Specialist for The Virtual High School (VHS) will present Creating a Connected Classroom for 21st Century Students: The Power and Scope of Online
Learning. The session will enable attendees to discover the power of online education by exploring classrooms that implement collaborative techniques and teaching strategies that create unique blended learning environments.
“At The Virtual High School we are bringing our online and blended learning expertise to schools worldwide,” said Duckel. “The opportunity to teach rural educators how they can improve their schools with effective 21st century learning strategies is one that we are very excited about.”

VHS’ mission is to provide students with access to high-quality online and blended learning experiences, while supporting educators with the professional development and services they need to provide an effective 21st century education to every student. VHS partner schools have access to 190 core, elective, and AP® courses that inspire, ignite and deepen learning as well as enable students to develop independent learning skills, explore college majors and careers, earn credits and participate in global classrooms. Courses are taught by highly qualified teachers who are specially trained in online teaching best practices, and are certified in their subject areas.

Creating a Connected Classroom for 21st Century Students can be viewed on October 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm. For more information, visit

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About The Virtual High School
The Virtual High School (VHS) is the pioneer of K-12 online learning. Since 1995, the nonprofit organization has been setting the standard for quality online education. VHS provides courses taught in global online classrooms for secondary school students and online professional development in 21st century teaching 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 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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