Boston — Feb. 4, 2016 — The Virtual High School (VHS Inc.), a non-profit organization empowering schools with the industry’s best online learning programs, has added the Jewish Academy in Commack, New York, as a member of the Online Judaic Studies Consortium (OJSC). The consortium, made possible through a partnership with The AVI CHAI Foundation, enables Jewish day schools to develop and utilize innovative Judaic studies courses in a flexible online format.
The VHS mission is to provide students with high-quality online and blended learning experiences and provide educators with the professional development and services they need to be effective. VHS partner schools have access to a wide range of core, elective, and AP® courses that inspire, ignite, and deepen learning. VHS enables students to develop independent learning skills, explore college majors and careers, earn credit, and participate in global classrooms. Highly qualified teachers, who are specially trained in online teaching best practices and certified in their subject areas, teach the courses.
“We are very excited to be working with The Jewish Academy,” said Lisa Micley, Program Director for the OJSC consortium at VHS. “It is an excellent example of how the OJSC can work together with a school to enhance their students’ Judaic learning experiences and broaden the learning community for those students by putting them into classes with students from other Jewish day schools.”
Through membership in the OJSC, teachers at participating schools receive comprehensive professional development in online teaching through VHS’s exclusive Online Teaching Methodologies course. Educators are subject matter experts and have the opportunity to develop a Judaic Studies course and teach it online to students within the consortium. A dedicated staff member at each partner school acts as an on-site mentor, managing the program at their school and providing additional assistance to students taking online courses.
“What I really like about the OJSC is the addition of a tech-savvy way to teach ancient texts using the virtual learning platform,” said Chaya Teldon, interim head of school for The Jewish Academy. “Furthermore, in taking these online courses in high school, we are giving our students the technology-rich experience that will service them well in college life and beyond.”
For more information, visit OnlineJudaicStudiesConsortium.org.
About The Virtual High School Inc.
The Virtual High School (VHS Inc.) is an online learning pioneer. Since 1996, the nonprofit organization has set the standard for quality online education. VHS provides courses taught in global online classrooms for secondary school students and online professional development for educators. The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development and individualized course offerings. VHS design and delivery standards are 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 www.TheVirtualHighSchool.org or call (978) 897-1900.
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