The Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative (VTVLC) is an organization developed through a partnership of public schools which is funded by a grant provided by the Vermont Department of Education using ARRA/Title IID funds.
The VTVLC coordinates the efforts of Vermont public schools to offer online classes using an online Learning Management System (LMS). In addition, a broad range of professional development activities are used to prepare teachers to meet the challenges of teaching in an online environment. VTVLC provides a substantial training program for new online teachers, as well as continuing professional development for current faculty.
Schools that provide teachers and online classes are able to access other courses being offered through VTVLC from around the state with no exchange or loss of tuition dollars. This program allows students greater access to programs and courses while allowing schools to maximize teacher resources for low and under-enrolled classes. As an example, a school that offers AP Environmental Science may only have 7 or 8 students at their location desiring to enroll in the course, while the remaining seats go empty. VTVLC helps schools to offer courses like these to other students, thereby maximizing the use of instructional staff and course content.
Opportunities abound for students in many ways. First, students have more courses to choose from than what would be typically offered at their own school. Due to budgetary restrictions or teacher availability, it is not always feasible for districts to offer specialty courses like AP Calculus, AP Statistics or other Honors courses. VTVLC coordinates with schools to find what courses would best fit the needs of their students and works with other schools that are offering the course to find solutions to provide that access.
Second, the student is able to enroll in a VTVLC course that may be offered at their own school, but due to a scheduling conflict, may have to make a choice about what course to take. VTVLC courses allow the student to work in the course when their schedule allows, even before or after school. Students no longer have to make difficult decisions about whether to take band or physics!
VTVLC is working with schools around the state to provide these opportunities, as well as many other learning options such as our Virtual Summer School, Algebra Readiness Program, Course Leasing, and Blended Learning & 1:1 Initiatve Support, and Custom Online Solutions. If you are interested in finding out more, or if you would like to find out if your school is a partner of the VTVLC, email us today at: