PLATO Learning Introduces PLATO Virtual Academy for Launching Effective Virtual Learning Programs

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Online education leader announces a standards-based virtual program for a 21st century learning experience

PLATO Learning, a leading provider of online education solutions for kindergarten through adult learners, has introduced PLATO Virtual Academy. This flexible, standards-based solution pairs rigorous, research-based courses with certified, online teachers to meet the needs of 21st century learners.

Districts are challenged to meet the ever-changing needs of their students with limited budgets and resources. PLATO Virtual Academy helps districts do more with less by partnering with them to leverage resources and provide comprehensive virtual school solutions to advance student achievement. By combining proven, rigorous curriculum with highly trained and certified online teachers, students receive the most personalized learning experience available.

“Our goal is to help schools and districts to improve student achievement. The PLATO Virtual Academy is an important step forward in doing that,” said Jamie Candee, PLATO Learning vice president of product and marketing. “We are here to partner – not compete – with educators to meet the needs of 21st century learners.”

Ryan Hagedorn, senior product manager with PLATO, added, “What really sets the Academy apart is the proven effectiveness of our online courses coupled with our exceptional online teachers and support models. The combination of rigorous courses and highly trained and engaged staff fosters a dynamic and successful learning environment.”
Like all PLATO Learning curriculum, PLATO Virtual Academy courses are aligned to Common Core, state and national standards. This standards-based program also follows the iNACOL National Standards of Quality for Online Programs, ensuring students receive an exceptional virtual learning experience.

The PLATO Virtual Academy will begin helping students with summer school 2012 implementation with over 50 virtual courses across a wide range of subject areas.

About PLATO Learning, Inc.
PLATO Learning is a leading provider of high-value, comprehensive education technology solutions with a focus on learner achievement leading to academic and career success. With more than 50 years of experience driving significant advances in the industry, PLATO offers a wide variety of innovative solutions spanning a multitude of program areas to facilitate 21st century teaching and learning. For more information on PLATO Learning, visit http://www.plato.com, like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter.

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