Ann Coates has taught social studies at Hanover High School for 16 years. However, this year will be completely different for her because, in addition to her other classes, Coates is teaching in a virtual classroom.
“I love taking online courses,” she said. “Teaching offers me a different perspective.”
Coates has been taking online courses for years and still takes them to add something new to her teaching.
“I mostly take education courses,” she said. “I like to learn how to more integrate the web into the classroom.”
The VHS Collaborative, a nonprofit provider of online learning opportunities based in Maynard, has announced that Debbie Kenny of Lancaster has been promoted to the newly created position of vice president of sales and marketing. Ms. Kenny joined VHS in February 2011 as the director of sales and marketing and will now take an expanded role in leading VHS's growth initiatives. She has more than 20 years of experience in the corporate training, e-learning and education industries.
Ten Auburn Middle School eighth-graders will join 50 Auburn High School students participating in international online learning classes this school year.
The high school students' grades will count toward their grade-point average and will be included on their transcripts. The middle school students' grades will not count toward their GPA, but will be posted on their report cards and transcripts.
When 11-year-old Stephanie Kuplast was in first grade, tests showed that she was at a sixth-grade reading level, according to her mother Kimberly. "She was the happiest kid in the world (until) she started school," said Kimberly, of Southampton, who said that a teacher told her Stephanie was so far ahead of the rest of the class that the school could not advance her any more. "They'd give you little paperback books (for homework) and say, Read the first page.' I would read the entire book," said Stephanie.
Pending legislation would change future of state virtual schools
GREENFIELD -- As Greenfield's cyber school, the Massachusetts Virtual Academy, begins its third year of operation, administrators are preparing for another year of growth, all while keeping a wary eye on pending state legislation working its way through Beacon Hill.
Students at Walt Whitman High School in Huntington Station and Westbrook Preparatory School in Westbury are among 29 new member schools in 12 states and in India that will be able to take courses online with students around the world starting next month.
The Maynard-based VHS Collaborative, a K-12 online learning nonprofit, promoted Debbie Kenny to vice president of sales and marketing. Kenny joined VHS in 2011 as the department's director. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley and has an MBA in high technology from Northeastern University in Boston.
The VHS Collaborative (VHS), the nonprofit pioneer of K-12 online learning, recently announced that Lancaster resident Debbie Kenny has been promoted to the newly created position of vice president of sales and marketing.