Virtual PD Creates Connections

This special report, another installment in Education Week's series on virtual education, examines how K-12 professional development is taking a more digital and freewheeling approach to educator training. The report—which also features a webinar and online chat—shows how professional development programs are now blending face-to-face and online training, incorporating social networking tools, offering administrators more flexible ways to hone their skills, and developing online PD to prepare educators for the common-core standards and assessments.


Download the interactive PDF version of the report, Virtual PD Creates Connections.

Schools blend face-to-face and online professional development, but traditional PD still plays a role.
October 24, 2011 - Education Week

Education leaders say the Internet will be a powerful tool for sharing resources and best practices across state and district lines.
October 24, 2011 - Education Week

As budget cuts continue to limit district-level training opportunities, PLNs take an organic, grassroots approach to professional development.
October 24, 2011 - Education Week

Educators click into Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for quick feedback and open-ended discussions on best practices.
October 24, 2011 - Education Week

Offerings from many schools of education are more aligned with traditional face-to-face approaches, but some colleges are moving to incorporate more virtual PD into their programs.
October 24, 2011 - Education Week

Because schools of education have been slow to offer programs to develop virtual instructors, many of the nation’s leading online schools are trying to fill the void.
October 24, 2011 - Education Week

Overbooked schedules and tight budgets are increasingly pushing K-12 administrators toward online professional development.
October 24, 2011 - Education Week

On-Demand Webinar


Oct. 27, 2 p.m. EDT: Tapping the Power of Online PD
Social networking and other online tools now provide a full menu of professional development opportunities that range from discussions on Twitter to personal learning networks on Ning and sharing of useful classroom resources on Google+. The online offerings are also spawning new types of professional development opportunities that provide face-to-face interaction.

Chat Transcript


Nov. 2, 2 p.m. EDT: Training the Hybrid Educator
This chat addressed the kinds of professional development are available to hybrid educators, as well as the key factors they need to know to be successful in the classroom. Our guests shared their experiences as hybrid and virtual instructors and talk about the role that hybrid education is playing in K-12 today.

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