The World Virtual School Project (WVS) began in 2002 in association with the Office of Overseas Schools and the staff and students of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Virginia, to support the March 2002 evacuation of the International School of Islamabad. Since its inception, the program has expanded to 25 schools in the Near East South Asia region and a total of 74 around the world.
WVS assists participating schools and regions in terms of curriculum quality and continuity, opportunities for collaboration, progressive professional development, and resiliency in the face of natural or man-made emergencies. This unique project is premised on the assumptions that:
- Schools value the integration of relevant and effective on-line resources for their varied learning communities.
- Schools value working regionally to collaborate and share perspectives and methodologies and to consider and nurture best practices.
- Schools value their integrity in the face of adversity and seek cost-effective and reliable means of assuring continuity of operations.
WVS now provides coordination of a network of learning management systems for participating international schools to use affordable and reliable on-line academic resources for day-to-day instruction, for continuity of operations during times of emergency and for fostering and supporting collaboration directly among participating schools, among regional associations, and at the multi-regional (global) level. For more information on this project please go to www.wvsgeo.org.