Boston — Feb. 22, 2016 — Online learning has become an integral strategy for schools and districts in their efforts to offer students greater access to the courses they need. In the past, much of the online learning activity happened at the state or regional level, but now more and more independent schools are exercising greater control over their online and digital programs. And as affordable options become more available, schools’ expertise grows, their curriculum and technology products improve, and their teachers get more skilled at integrating online courses and techniques into their instruction.
One of the institutions at the very forefront of this sea change is Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass. And at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Conference, February 24-26, in San Francisco, Calif., Jim Dachos, director of educational partnerships for The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.), will join Clay Splawn, Dean of Academics, Berkshire School, to conduct a session describing Berkshire’s innovative online program. Titled, “Prepping for Success (and Failure) in Online Learning,” their presentation will be held in Block 5 on Friday, February 26 at 11:15 a.m. at the Moscone Center West in room 2018.
“When we began in 1996 as a grant-funded project, we saw the tremendous potential in transforming education,” said Dachos. “Since day one, we’ve been committed to expanding horizons and building communities of learners across the nation and around the globe by greatly increasing access to courses and educational resources online. Clay and I are looking forward to collaborating on this session, talking with fellow attendees at NAIS and sharing ideas from which everyone can benefit.”
The 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 needed to provide effective 21st century education for every student. The VHS partner schools have access to a wide range of core, elective, credit recovery and AP® courses that inspire, ignite, and deepen learning. VHS students develop independent learning skills, explore college majors and careers, earn credit and participate in global classrooms.
For more information, visit www.TheVirtualHighSchool.org or call (978) 897-1900.
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