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January 25, 2013

New Virtual Schools Legislation | Online Credit Recovery | Events Calendar

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Growing Virtual Schools nationwide, Online Credit Recovery courses, Upcoming events…

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January 2013 eNewsletter
 In this issue:   Virtual Schools Legislation, Online Credit Recovery Options,
Professional Development, Upcoming Conferences and Events

New Legislation Boosts Growth of Virtual Schools
Staying Competitive: Implementing Your Own Online Courses

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently signed the Commonwealth Virtual Schools Act, which allows for the approval of up to 10 new virtual schools in Massachusetts. This legislation is simply one indicator of the fact that virtual schools continue to gain traction and are becoming more of a reality in schools across the country.

For traditional schools, this could mean a loss of students and funding, even though many students could be better served through online and blended options offered through their local school—where they have access to nearby faculty support, facilities, and extracurricular activities.

So what can you do to attract and retain students who would benefit from more online learning options?

Find out how local districts with limited resources are offering online options to their students.  Read full article

Credit Recovery: Looking at Online Options
Helping Students Get Up to Speed

As we start the second semester, we begin to think about credit recovery for the students that are falling behind – students who struggled in the face-to-face classroom or perhaps they missed school due to illness or personal issues. Our online credit recovery courses provide the opportunity for students to catch up in one semester.

Students can enroll in our online, 15-week courses, which feature peer engagement and feedback. Based on our acclaimed co-synchronous model, these courses provide an environment for debate and forum discussions while also offering guidance and instruction from highly qualified teachers . We offer credit recovery options in:

English 9 | English 10 | English 11 | Algebra 1 | Geometry | Biology

Our Credit Recovery Program gives your students the chance to catch up on their work in one semester instead of having to repeat an entire school year. Classes start January 30. For more information, please call 978-997-1900 or contact us at

Photo of Two PeopleProfessional Development Designed to Facilitate Common Core Standards
Session Starts April 24th.
Space is Limited. Sign Up Now.

The VHS Collaborative can help you create engaging online and blended learning experiences for students. Take advantage of flexible and affordable professional development courses and learn new techniques for integrating technology into your classroom and teaching Common Core curricula.

Our six-week 21st Century Teaching Best Practices Series courses begin on April 24th, and include:

Earn PDPs and graduate credit while learning new ways to engage students through blended and flipped classrooms. Non-Members – $275 per course. VHS Member School Faculty – $175 per course.

Spots are filling up – Register now!

VHS Outpaces The National 2012 AP® Scores
VHS Student Performances Exceed National Average For Seventh Straight Year 

The VHS Collaborative is pleased to announce that for the 7th consecutive year, VHS students’ scores have outpaced the national average of 59% as reported by the College Board. On average, 71% of students taking a VHS AP® course this past year earned a passing score of 3 or higher on their AP® exam, an eight percent increase over their 2011 score. In addition, more than 50% scored a 4 or 5.

The VHS Collaborative offers 21 unique AP® courses though their collaborative of schools. Like all VHS courses, active classroom teachers from VHS member schools who are specially trained in online teaching best practices, are highly qualified, and certified in their subject areas, teach all of VHS’ AP® courses. VHS offers AP® courses students need to succeed in the 21st Century.
Read the press release or check out a listing of our AP courses.

Upcoming Events
Join Us for Our Monthly Webinar Series

Topic: Implementing Third Party Applications Into Your LMS
Date: Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
Time: 12pm EST

Third party applications can be powerful learning resources. This webinar will look at some samples that have been successful at inspiring students and educators, and have catapulted learning to the next level. See a sample of these applications in action. Learn how they “talk” to your main course area or concentration. Explore the ins and outs of course blogs and wikis, audio podcasting and voice discussion. Discover how to incorporate slideshows, music composition, and more.

Come join us at…
New Jersey Association of School Administrators TECHSPO (NJASA)
Dates: January 31 – February 1, 2013
Location: Bally’s Atlantic City, Atlantic City, NJ
Presentation: Embrace the Blur: Blending Web 2.0 Tools in Your Classroom on Thursday, January 31 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
More Information:

Online Education Symposium for Independent Schools  (OESIS) – Silver Sponsor
Dates: January 31 – February 1, 2013
Location:  Marina del Rey Marriott, Marina del Rey, CA
Presentation: The Mechanics of Launching an Online Learning Initiative
More Information:

North American Jewish Day Schools

Dates: February 2-5, 2013
Location: Hyatt Crystal City, Washington D.C.
More Information:

American Association of School Administrators National Conference on Education (AASA)

Booth Number: 616
Dates: February 21-23, 2013
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
More Information:

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