Virtual professional development increases access, creates meaningful connections, and supports educators with the help of virtual tools for video conferencing, live sessions, and online courses.
Edutopia asks, “Can PD be Virtual?” In the Technology and Trends Blog
As an edtech and curriculum consultant, I spend a lot of time visiting schools across the country. Presenting to a group of teachers, leading grade-level team meetings, conducting observations, and teaching demonstration lessons are all part of my job description. Being on the ground, in the building, and in front of teachers are important components of connecting with a group of educators. Spending face-to-face time is a necessary part of building relationships with schools where gaining trust and teacher buy-in are crucial for success.
But what if professional development sessions could be virtual? There are a handful of factors motivating us to explore this question. Professional development costs can be prohibitive for schools without the budget to cover travel expenses for a one-time guest speaker or a consultant that works with a district throughout the school year. From a logistical perspective, picking a day when all teachers are available for a workshop, or locating substitutes for a large number of teachers, can be a challenge for administrators looking to use everyone’s time effectively.
Virtual PD, when combined with face-to-face PD, is an option that’s gaining traction thanks to the growth of the education technology sector. With an increased availability of free web conferencing software and other tools, this tech-friendly idea is becoming a reality for many teachers.
Read the full article: Can PD Be Virtual? Technology and Trends | Edutopia
Illinois Virtual School offers PD for teachers and school nurses
IVS-PD Self-Paced courses are available year round many are free to Illinois Educators and have Clock Hours available from the Peoria Regional Office of Education.
IVS-PD Facilitated courses are offered in several cohorts throughout the year
you can ask Danielle about setting up a section just for your District, School or PLC. Clock Hours are available from the Peoria Regional Office of Education or some courses offer graduate credit options.
To learn more about online PD provided by Illinois Virtual School visit our Professional Development Portal.