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VSN Offerings

Virtual Schools Network is an innovative network designed to meet the unique needs of educators at virtual schools. Read the most recent VSN Program Report on our 2022-2023 pilot year.

Our 2023-2024 VSN Offerings

Based on the positive feedback and success during our pilot year (2022-2023), the Virtual Schools Network has refined its approach to supporting virtual schools. We now offer three types of support—Synchronous, Asynchronous and Bichronous—alongside opportunities for connection, collaboration and earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Depending on the programmatic level chosen by our enrolled virtual schools, educational teams and school leadership gain access to research-based materials, carefully curated resources, the chance to participate in edCamp and flipped capacity-building webinars, virtual professional development workshops throughout the program partnership and in-person coaching support. This coaching is specifically focused on enhancing educator skills and aiding in the creation of a comprehensive summative virtual school report.

The Virtual Schools Network (VSN) is designed to be responsive, innovative and sustainable to ensure the needs of stakeholders: 

  • Strategic Partnerships. The Friday Institute and NCVPS are building off the strengths of each organization to gain a deeper understanding of the current status of virtual schools, the needs they have shared, and the resources currently available. 
  • Needs Assessments. The partnership team will conduct needs assessments and utilize gap analysis to gather data from our partner virtual schools.
  • Research-Based Supports. The data gathered from our needs assessments will inform job-embedded and research-based recommended best practices and support resources made available to partner schools and their educators. 
  • Professional Learning Sessions. VSN’s network of virtual schools across North Carolina is growing in sustainability and fostering transformative change. Participants have the opportunity to steer the direction of online capacity-building sessions while earning CEUs, creating an opportune space for discussing, critiquing and exploring new ideas, giving and receiving peer feedback, and discussing the intersection of innovation, online learning, and equity.

Contact Jaclyn Stevens (jlbell@ncsu.edu) for more information.