Updated April 2015
VLACS, a virtual school serving students across New Hampshire in grades 5-12, is developing a 100 percent self-paced, competency-based learning model framed not around courses but around a map of required competencies that students may master through any number of possible learning opportunities. In the VLACS Aspire “experiential blended learning” model, learning experiences in real-world, community-based settings serve as the face-to-face component in addition to traditional classroom-based learning that is integrated with online learning opportunities.
The two-page grantee profiles from Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) provide factual information about the secondary school and postsecondary degree program designs awarded grants under NGLC's third and fourth waves of funding, which focused on two areas, "Breakthrough Models for College Readiness" and "Breakthrough Models for College Completion." The profiles describe what makes each model "breakthrough" and express both visually and through at-a-glance details the academic and organizational models, student demographics, hardware and software choices, and contact info. These profiles serve to illustrate the innovations of these new blended and online models, with practical details of interest to those starting a new school or degree program.
NGLC accelerates educational innovation through applied technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States. To learn more about NGLC and the grantees it supports, visit nextgenlearning.org.