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The Virtual High School Hires Jewish Education Expert to Lead New Online Judaic Studies Consortium

June 2, 2015 by The Virtual High School 
Press Release
Lisa Micley Joins The Virtual High School as Program Director

The Virtual High School (http://www.theVirtualHighSchool.org), a non-profit organization empowering schools with the industry's best online learning programs, is pleased to announce that Lisa Micley has joined the organization as head of its new Online Judaic Studies Consortium (OJSC). The consortium, made possible by a partnership with The AVI CHAI Foundation, will enable Jewish day schools to develop and utilize innovative Judaic studies courses in a flexible online format. Micley will be responsible for working with member schools to design and develop a series of Judaic studies courses to be delivered online beginning in the 2015-16 school year.

With decades of experience, Micley is widely recognized as a Jewish education expert. She has been involved in teaching, administration, curriculum development, and professional development for a range of Jewish educational organizations, including the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, Jewish Family & Life, and the Prozdor of Hebrew College. Most recently, she worked with hundreds of Jewish day schools as the North American School Liaison for the TaL AM-Hebrew and Heritage Curriculum. An avid teacher and student, Micley received a B.S. in Psychology from Columbia University, a B.H.L. in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and a Master's in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

As part of membership in the OJSC, teachers at participating schools receive comprehensive professional development in online course teaching through VHS's exclusive Online Teaching Methodologies course.  Educators are subject matter experts and have the opportunity to develop a Judaic Studies course prior to teaching it online to students from across the consortium. A dedicated staff member at each partner school acts as an on-site mentor who manages the program at their school and provides any additional assistance needed to students taking their online courses.

"Jewish day schools need to continue delivering high-quality curriculum. The OJSC provides this platform and is more flexible for today's students," said Jeffrey A. Elliott, President & CEO of VHS. "Lisa's Judaic studies experience coupled with our innovative, proven online and blended learning solutions make for a winning formula to engage Jewish day schools worldwide."

The VHS mission is to provide students with access to high-quality online and blended learning experiences, while supporting educators with professional development and services they need to provide an effective 21st century education for every student. VHS partner schools have access to a wide range of core, elective, and AP® courses that inspire, ignite, and deepen learning. VHS enables students to develop independent learning skills, explore college majors and careers, earn credit, and participate in global classrooms. Courses are taught by highly qualified teachers who are specially trained in online teaching best practices, and are certified in their subject areas.

About The Virtual High School

The Virtual High School (The VHS) is an online learning pioneer. Since 1996, the nonprofit organization has set the standard for quality online education. The VHS provides middle and high school online courses for students and professional development for educators. The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development, individualized course offerings, and support for blended learning initiatives. The VHS design and delivery standards are the model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning. The organization has won numerous awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global Excellence in Information Technology and is a three-time winner of the United States Distance Learning Association's (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices. For more information, visit The Virtua lHigh School or call (978) 897-1900.

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