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Awards

FLVS has received numerous state, national, and international awards, including:

2016

  • Anne Flenner, FLVS School Counselor, was named one of the 2016 Coca-Cola Foundation Educators of Distinction. When FLVS student, Talia Fradkin, won a $ 20,000 scholarship from Coca Cola was asked to nominate an educator who had helped her along the way, she nominated Anne Flenner. One of 250 educators across the country, The Coca-Cola Educator of Distinction Award represents the noble and heartfelt dedication of the educators who win it.

2014

  • FLVS Marketing & Communications team received 10 Orlando Addy Awards – one Best of, two Gold, and seven Silver – for the Go Ahead chalkboard marketing campaign.
  • Florida Virtual School received the Learning! 100 Award from Elearning! Media Group for its Transformations orientation program
  • The FLVS Middle School Social Studies team won the 2014 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Student Impact
  • Florida Virtual School was named a finalist in the 2014 SIIA CODiE Awards for three categories: Best Instructional Solution in Other Curriculum Areas for both the Social Media and Outdoor Education courses and Best Collaboration Solution for Students for Grom Social Education Groups
  • Florida Virtual School won the Platinum Learning Impact Award for its Content Automation Tool from the IMS Global Learning Consortium
  • Felicia Ryerson, Chief Learning Officer, was inducted into the United States Distance Learning Association 2014 Hall of Fame
  • Kathy Moresi, executive assistant in the Professional Learning Department, was named one of five finalists for the 2014 Florida School-Related Employee of the Year award
  • Dr. Dhyana Ziegler, FLVS board member and Florida A&M University (FAMU) professor, was named the Garth C. Reeves Eminent Scholar Chair in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication at FAMU

2013

  • FLVS Marketing & Communications team received a Telly Award for the Go Ahead chalkboard video marketing spot.
  • Kathy Larkins named Learning and Performance Professional of the Year by the Central Florida Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development
  • The Florida Virtual School Professional Learning Department received the Learning and Performance Excellence Award from the Central Florida Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development
  • Florida Virtual School’s professional development courses named a 2013 Readers' Choice Top 100 Product by District Administration magazine.
  • FLVS teachers Stephen McPherson and Heather Knight awarded 2013-2014 Social Studies Teachers of the Year by Florida Council for the Social Studies (FCSS)
  • Pam Birtolo, Chief Officer of Education Transformation, has been named a winner of the Orlando Business Journal's 2013 C-Level Awards.
  • Florida Virtual School received the Elearning! Media Group's 2013 Learning! 100 Award for being named one of the top 100 learning organizations in the world.
  • Florida Virtual School’s Professional Learning Department won the 2013 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Staff Development.
  • Florida Virtual School received the 2013 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Instructional Solution in Other Curriculum Areas for the Mawi Leadership Course.
  • Florida Virtual School and Toolwire received the 2013 Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming - Platinum Award from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).
  • Florida Virtual School received the 2013 Return on Education (ROE) Innovation Award
  • Cecilia Lopez, Chief Business Development Officer, received the 2013 Most Powerful & Influential Woman Award from the Florida Diversity Council.
  • Julie Young received the Orlando Business Journal's 2013 Women Who Mean Business Award

2012

  • Julie Young received the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council Women of Distinction in Central Florida Award
  • Florida Virtual School received the 2012 Florida Safety Council Gold Star for Safety Award
  • Florida Virtual School named one of the 25 Coolest Schools in America by Parent and Child Magazine and Scholastic.com
  • Blackboard Collaborate Hall of Fame Class of 2012
  • Florida Virtual School, in partnership with UCompass, won a Silver IMS Global Learning Impact Award for Boost at the 2012 IMS Awards event
  • Florida Virtual School won an E-Learning 100 award for professional development programs and best practices.
  • Julie Young, President and CEO, was presented with the Dr. Carlo Rodriguez Champion of School Choice Award by the Florida State Board of Education's Office of Independent Education, the Parental Choice and the Florida Parental School Choice Consortium, and in collaboration with Nova Southeastern University, Abraham S. Fischler School of Education.
  • Julie Young received the Florida Diversity Council's Multicultural Award in Education
  • Pam Birtolo, Chief Officer of Education Transformation was inducted into the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Hall of Fame

2011

  • Julie Young received the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education Award | Click here to see Julie's acceptance speech.
  • FLVS named as one of the country's Top 50 Innovators, Julie Young was recognized in the inaugural Converge Yearbook 2011. The yearbook highlights both the top technology trends in education and the innovators who have made it all possible | Read more
  • Julie Young, president and CEO of Florida Virtual School in Orlando, was awarded the Outstanding Individual Contribution to K-12 Online Learning Award
  • FLVS Named Champion at 6th Annual Sterling Conference Storyboard Competition
  • Ucompass.com and Florida Virtual School Receive Platinum IMS Learning Impact Award
  • Learning 100 Award Recipient, sponsored by Elearning! Media Group. The awards recognize excellence in learning across enterprises that invest in a truly immersive learning culture.
  • Dianna Miller Finalist for Online K-12 Teacher of the Year Award

2010

  • USDLA Professional Learning Certification for Quality Standards
  • FLVS Teacher Awarded Florida Social Studies Teacher of the Year 2010 by the FCSS
  • FLVS Teacher Receives the Nation's First Online K-12 Teacher of the Year Award
  • FLVS Reading Coach Named "2010 Just Read, Florida! High School Reading Coach of the Year"
  • 2010 CODiE Awards for Best Reading/English Instructional Solution and Best Social Studies Instruction
  • Gold Award for Learning Impact from the IMS Global Learning Consortium
  • 2010 Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming Award

2009

  • CODiE Award for Best Virtual School

2008

  • Technology and Learning Magazine's "Top Tech Trend for the Education Technology Industry" for Professional Learning Program
  • Better Government Competition Award

2007

  • EdNet Pioneer Award
  • USDLA 21st Century Awards Best Practices in Distance Learning
  • Speak Up 100 School (NetDay)
  • Chief Learning Officer, Pam Birtolo, wins Wagner Award

2006

  • FLVS Wins EdNet's Impact Award

2005

  • USDLA 21st Century Best Practices Award
  • USDLA Gold Award for Exemplary Online Teaching

2004

  • "Excellence in IT Leadership for Central Florida" award from ITFlorida, a not-for-profit membership organization representing Florida's diverse information technology communities.
  • Finalist - EdNET HERO Awards are given to the organizations having made the most significant positive impact on education through educational technology and telecommunications. Although the top award was given to NASA's Center for Distance Learning, FLVS was honored to be included as one of the top 3 finalists in the nation for the award and to be named beside such prestigious organizations as NASA.

2003

  • Mary Mitchell received the United Statse Distance Learning Association Pre-K-12 Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching Award
  • Bruce Friend was the recipient of the United States Distance Learning Association Most Outstanding Achievement by an Individual Award
  • FLVS was named one of the web Smart 50 top organizations by BusinessWeek magazine. The November 24, 2003 issue of the magazine named FLVS in the "cutting edge" category. Read the story at | BusinessWeek online.
  • FLVS and two of its staff were recognized by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) for excellence in programming and teaching, and for individual accomplishment in the field of distance learning. This is the third time within four consecutive years that FLVS has been recognized by the USDLA for its quality of service and commitment to the distance learning field.
  • Dr. Dhyana Ziegler, FLVS Board Member and assistant vice president of instructional technology at Florida A&M was named "One of the 50 Most Important African Americans in Technology" for the second year in a row.

1999-2002

  • 2002 - The Global Alliance for Transnational Education (GATE) "Medallion of the Alliance" award to FLVS President and Chief Executive Officer, Julie Young
  • 2000 - Canadian Association for Distance Education Award of Excellence
  • 1999 - SouthEast Initiatives Regional Technology in Education Consortium (SEIR*TEC) for schools that have demonstrated best practices in instructional technology.
  • Mary Mitchell was the winner of Florida’s 1998 Milken Educator Award and a $25,000 cash prize