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Inventing the Future of Learning at the iNACOL Virtual School Symposium 2012

Annual online and blended learning conference brings 2,000 industry leaders to New Orleans

NEW ORLEANSOct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will host nearly 2,000 online and blended learning educators, administrators, students, researchers, developers, and entrepreneurs during their annual Virtual School Symposium (VSS) in New Orleans, LA from October 21 through October 24. VSS is the premier online and blended learning conference for K-12 education in the United Statesand throughout the world.

“The availability of online and blended learning programs for students across the country continues to grow at an amazing pace,” said Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL. “The rate of innovation and adoption of techniques and tools is cycling ever faster as well. VSS provides that rare moment for the field to come together to share success and learn from others on the leading edge of efforts to provide students of all ages and abilities with “anytime, anyplace” learning solutions. It’s an invaluable opportunity for all of us to engage in the overarching conversation about the direction in which education must move in the United States and internationally if we are to truly provide our students with the best, and most personalized, pathways to success.”

Keynote presentations over the conference’s three days will include Louisiana‘s State Superintendent of Schools John White, creativity guru and author Chic Thompson, Stacey Childress of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, author Michael Horn of Innosight Institute, and Karen Cator of the U.S. Department of Education.

As ever, the 2012 Virtual School Symposium will see the publication of several research reports and books from across the field of online and blended learning. On-site registration for VSS will be available at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans beginning October 21st.

For more information, and a full conference agenda, please visit

iNACOL is the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, DC. Representing more than 4,000 members, iNACOL’s mission is to ensure every student everywhere has access to a world class education, no matter their geographic or economic situation by advocating for student-centered educational policies to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using online, blended and competency-based education, providing research, and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school and district leaders. Keep up with iNACOL on FacebookTwitter or ourblog.

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