e-Learning for Educators
The major goals of the proposed e-Learning for Educators initiative are as follows:
- Use e-learning to provide effective professional development that leads to gains in teachers' content knowledge, improvements in their teaching practices, and increases in the achievement of their students.
- Develop, within each participating state and public broadcasting organization, the capacity to use e-learning as a vehicle for effective professional development that directly serves state and district teacher quality initiatives and student achievement goals, with a specific focus on high need schools and districts.
- Create a multi-state collaboration to define common standards, share resources and expertise, and support the individual state programs.
- Develop a cadre of skilled e-Learning for Educators instructors to teach the e-learning courses offered.
- Develop model e-learning courses for professional development that address critical state needs and provide exemplars to inform further course development.
- Develop a cadre of skilled e-Learning for Educators course developers and establish collaborations involving public broadcasting stations, state departments of education, and other relevant organizations, to develop e-learning courses to meet the student achievement needs of each state.
- Conduct scientifically-based research to determine the effectiveness of the e-Learning for Educators initiative on improving teacher quality and impacting student achievement.
- Establish a proven, scaleable and sustainable model for e-learning professional development programs that can be replicated in other states.
To meet these ambitious goals, the initiative will be a collaborative effort involving the following organizations eight State Departments of Education: Alabama, Delaware, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and West Virginia. These states are committed to working with public television stations in their regions to build local e-Learning for Educators programs that will serve the teacher quality and professional development needs of each state.
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), a nonprofit educational research and development organization and national leader in online professional development, will provide training programs for e-learning instructors and developers, consulting on e-learning program planning and implementation, and e-learning course development services.
The Boston College Technology and Assessment Study Collaborative will be responsible for the project evaluation and for conducting randomized design studies of the impact of the e-Learning for Educators initiative.