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E-Learning for Educators Initiative

The E-Learning for Educators Initiative is funded by a U.S. Department of Education Ready to Teach Grant involving eight states (AL, DE, KY, MS, MO, NH, PA, and WV). The central goal of the initiative is to establish an effective and sustainable model of online professional development that will help address state-wide teacher quality needs and have an impact on student achievement.

Each state participating in the E-Learning for Educators Initiative has a state leadership team consisting of staff from the State Department of Education and a partner public broadcasting station. Additionally, the Education Development Center (EDC) and Boston College are providing support in the areas of implementation and evaluation.

Why e-Learning-and why online?

The West Virginia Department of Education e-Learning for Educator's program permits educators to engage in professional development courses and activities during times of their own choosing. Online courses offer tremendous flexibility. Educators determine where and when they complete their course work. They work from their school, home, or local library. They log in to their professional development workshop late at night or on the weekend.

Will educators work less in an online course than in a course they take in a traditional face-to-face setting?

No. However, they will have much more control over their schedules, as long as they comply with course requirements. Online professional development for West Virginia educators is no longer just a good idea. It is reality.

Who can participate?

The program is open to all West Virginia educators.

What courses can teachers take?

The West Virginia e-Learning for Educator’s program will make available more than 30 e-learning workshops, each of which is standards-based and comprised of 7 sessions requiring approximately 45 hours of work time by the participating educators. These workshops address a wide variety of topics across PK-12 grade levels and subject areas, including universally applicable content such as Finding the Best Educational Resources on the Web and Differentiating Instruction to Accommodate Learning Styles; and content for specific grades and subject areas, such as Helping Struggling Readers Improve Comprehension and Using Technology in the Elementary Math Class.

How much does it cost?

There is no charge for the West Virginia e-Learning for Educators professional development courses. The costs for three hours of non-degree professional development graduate credit ranges from $105.00 to $130.00. Graduate credit has been arranged with West Virginia University and Marshall University. Graduate class registration forms and instructions are available upon the opening day of each workshop. Participants are responsible for completing the registration process for their specific college program. Submission deadlines will be provided as a "News" item for all e-Learning professional development workshops.

For more information, please visit the E-Learning website.

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