Virtual Independent School Network, NC - 2012 Transformation Award Winner

Mary Kate Appel

Transformation Award: For removing barriers to high quality online learning resources for independent schools. 

The Virtual Independent School Network, VISNET, is an online learning and professional development consortium supported by independent school associations. VISNET provides its member schools with access to top quality online resources, such as online courses, blended learning content, learning management systems, and academic support, as well as professional development opportunities. All services are fully vetted by independent school experts and, by pooling resources, are made available to members in a cost-efficient way.

Before this year, only independent schools in North Carolina had access to such a wealth of online resources.

VISNET is the result of the visionaries at the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, who understand very well that in order for independent schools across the nation to provide their students with a 21st-century education, they must have easy, cost-effective access to a wealth of online learning resources. Having already served over half of their member schools in North Carolina, with more than 1,800 enrollments in online and blended course options last year, NCAIS knew it needed to expand its services—and quickly.

VISNET opened its doors for business just a little over two years ago and now serves three additional states: Florida, South Carolina, and Virginia. In addition to online options for specialty courses, learning management systems, academic support, and professional services, VISNET makes available to its schools award-winning FuelEd Online Courses (formerly Aventa) and the FuelEd Full-Time School Program (powered by K12® curriculum). Further, VISNET broadened its suite of online learning options with the addition of Middlebury Interactive Languages.

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