Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance

Combining more than 150 years of online and blended learning operational experience, the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance is an association of the chiefs of some of the most innovative virtual programs in the US. Consisting largely of leading state virtual schools, and several outstanding consortia, the member organizations serve well over a quarter of a million online course enrollments annually, provide their districts and students with over 2,200 active, highly-qualified teachers trained in online instruction, supply blended learning services to their constituents, and conduct research to validate the value of online learning.  The Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA) is a 501c3 educational nonprofit organization.

Each year the Leadership Alliance chiefs explore topics critical to providing high quality online and blended learning by examining current research, trends and analysis in digital learning, as well as sharing resources, services, and expertise. Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA) also partners with researchers and educational organizations to gather and provide data across more than a dozen states represented by the VLLA. The VLLA has taken strong advocacy positions to support  standards for establishing and sustaining quality in online learning courses, teaching and programs, as well as providing equitable access to education of students in rural communities.

Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance members leverage the collective expertise of the group in many ways, including but not limited to

  • program operational costs and budgeting,

  • professional development for member executives and staff,

  • content and technology sharing,

  • short- and long-term strategic planning,

  • career and college readiness, board development and stakeholder communication,

  • developing communications and marketing strategies

  • and IT infrastructure.

Projects
The Alliance members focus on specific projects throughout the year, exploring how to leverage the efforts of the programs in some of the following areas:
Ensuring quality online courses, teaching and programs
Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA)  has developed a partnership with Quality Matters (QM) to revise the National Standards for Quality Online Courses, Online Teaching and Online Programs, building upon the work started by The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). The purpose of the National Standards for Quality revision initiative is to provide the K-12 online and blended learning community with an updated set of openly licensed standards to help evaluate and improve online courses, online teaching and online programs. This is an inclusive and broad-based effort, with contributors from state virtual schools, consortia, state education agencies, schools and districts, full-time online schools, higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations focusing on education and digital learning.

Leadership Alliance members have also formed a Quality Matters approach to course design and instruction.  Find out more about VLLA’s partnership with Quality Matters.

Blended learning district partner consulting
VLLA members have expanded their blended learning and district franchise services to districts to go beyond just courses and LMS.  Find about more about VLLA and blended learning.

Online college and career opportunities
Most of the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance members offer a range of opportunities targeting college and career readiness.  Find out more about VLLA’s college and career initiatives.

Supporting Needs of Rural Students
Alliance members believe supplemental online learning programs can support students living in rural areas across the U.S. and are committed to educating school leaders, education supporters, and state policy makers about the difference online learning can make for students that lack access to expansive course offerings or qualified faculty. This new area of advocacy includes presentations at the National Rural Educators Association in October 2018, and co-sponsoring of a summit of national experts on digital learning in rural schools.