Virtual School’s Online Spanish Program Receives National Award

November 07, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. - Once again, the West Virginia Virtual School has received some national attention. Last month, the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) recognized the Virtual School at its 2005 Distance Learning Awards Ceremony in Long Beach, Calif. The Virtual School earned the Bronze level award in Excellence in Programming from the USDLA for its online middle school Spanish 1A and 1B program.  

Joyce McClanahan, Mary Sullivan and Cheryl Smith are the lead teachers for the Spanish programs. McClanahan and Sullivan are responsible for the planning and development of the program.  

The annual USDLA awards program acknowledges major accomplishments in distance learning and highlights those instructors, programs, and distance leaning professionals who have distinguished themselves in the field. For the 2005 Awards program, USDLA focused upon three major areas that exemplify the dynamic nature of distance learning. Awards were submitted for Online Distance Learning, Video Conferencing and Satellite Distance Learning.  

The West Virginia Virtual School was created by legislation on July 1, 2000 to offer high quality educational courses via Internet technology to students. State Board Policy 2450 was expanded in 2000 to establish requirements for distance, online, and technology-delivered learning programs. The courses are aligned with the corresponding West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives. All the courses provide online instructors who guide students through the learning process.  

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