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Virtual High School Consortium

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