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    Virtual High School Consortium Virtual High School Consortium Presentation Transcript

    • Welcome to Virtual High School!
    • Agenda
      • Online Learning
      • Virtual High School Global Consortium
      • Questions
    • VHS Online Learning Vision
      • Challenging, interesting, engaging
      • Expose students to diverse points of view
      • Support students passions in unique areas
      • Build 21 st century skills
    • Other eLearning Programs
      • State Led
      • Cyber Charter Schools
      • Digital Curriculum/Online Course
    • About VHS
      • Originally funded by the Federal DOE through a technology grant
      • 1996 – 14 th year
      • Non-profit global consortium of over 640 schools
    • What makes us unique?
      • Supplement the course of study
      • NOT an alternative diploma program
      • NO full-time enrollments
      • NO supplanting teachers
      • Students and teachers come from member schools
    • What makes us unique?
      • All policy is set locally
        • Course credit and student eligibility
      • Semester schedule, cohort based
        • Scheduled/asynchronous
      • Maximum enrollment 25 per course
        • 4 students per school per course
      • Delivered by certified teachers
      • Virtual global classrooms - 32 states and 34 countries
    • Benefits:
      • VHS member schools add over 140 courses that may not be part of the curriculum
        • Electives in all content areas
          • Photography, Stock Market, Portuguese, Mythology, Forensic Science, Oceanography, Animation
    • Benefits:
      • Interact with and learn from students from different countries and states
      • Work in collaborative teams using 21 st century communications technology
      • Avoid course/program cuts caused by budget constraints
      • Simplify student schedule conflicts
    • Successful Students?
      • Who are the most successful online students?
      • Motivation/engagement
      • What are the key characteristics?
      • What are the eligibility considerations?
    • Participation Components
      • Teacher
      • Site Coordinator
      • Guidance Department awareness and support
      • Principal
      • Superintendent
      • School Board
    • Teacher Details
      • All teachers have secondary certification in their content area
      • AP Institute trained
      • 10 week online training from VHS (NIM)
      • May give teachers new ideas, approaches to use in their face-to-face courses
    • Site Coordinator
      • Critical in the success of the program
      • Site Coordinator(s) could be a variety of staff
      • Works closely with students on scheduling, course selection, questions/concerns, etc.
      • 4 week online training (SCO)
    • School Membership Options
      • Standard Teaching
        • Site Coordinator
        • Teacher
        • 25 seats per semester
      • Small School Teaching
        • Site Coordinator
        • Teacher
        • 15 seats per semester
      • Student Only
        • Site Coordinator
        • 10 seats per semester
    • Credentials
      • Nationally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools
      • Course design aligns with the NEA guidelines for online courses
      • Online course delivery and teaching aligns with the NEA guidelines for online teaching
    • Credentials
      • Courses meet NCAA guidelines
      • All AP courses have been approved by the College Board
      • Recipient of the USDLA 21st Century Award for Distance Learning Best Practices, 2005, 2007, 2008
    • Statistics
      • VHS AP exam pass rate 62% pass rate and national average is at 60%
      • Course completion rates are over 80%
      • End of course survey indicates that 95% of students, teachers and administrators were satisfied with the experience
    • Thank you
      • Michael Brown
      • [email_address]
      • 978-450-0419