There is never a better time than today for learning about and utilizing virtual professional development (PD). With the past school closures and the delay of school start times, many educators are grasping new knowledge about virtual learning tools as well as developing remote teaching techniques.
At Istation our virtual learning coaches equip educators with customizable PD that fits their schools’ needs.
“Our virtual learning coaches are former teachers who possess real-world instructional experience,” said Christine Fletcher, an Istation virtual learning coach, “They create customized, hands-on workshops that help navigate our resources.”
District Administration magazine sat down with Fletcher for a Q&A session to discuss her role as a virtual learning coach as well as how she supports growth opportunities for schools. Get a sneak peek of the session here and read the full interview at the link below.
Christine Fletcher is a virtual learning coach at Istation with X years of experience in the classroom.
District Administration: What are the critical elements for creating a sustainable PD model for educators?
Fletcher: First, there needs to be a shared understanding of what constitutes effective teaching and robust data behind that to create an aligned, rigorous, and conventional student-assessment system.
Second, essential common strategies to improve teacher practice, such as high-quality coaching, are needed. A well-designed teacher development process with clear communication drives measurable learning for students.
Lastly, it is vital to have administration buy-in. PD needs both teachers and administrators to develop the vision, language, and tools to observe, analyze, and lead classroom instruction.
District Administration: How do virtual PD coaches help educators uncover growth opportunities and support objectives?
Fletcher: Effective PD should focus on classroom instruction and use research-based content. Technology training for instructors unlocks the learning potential in students through the use of integrated tools.
At Istation, our virtual learning coaches are former teachers who possess real-world instructional experience. They create customized, hands-on workshops that help navigate our resources and provide best practices and proven-to-work approaches that are meaningful for the educator.
Read the full Q&A session between Fletcher and District Administration!
Istation offers customizable professional development that is designed on a case-by-case basis for the unique training needs of each district and school. Read Istation’s white paper on the importance of customizable professional development, “Why We Need a Better Approach to PD,” to find out more. Contact our team today to learn more about our virtual PD packages.