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Union President, Chris Roth, discusses professional development in a cyber environment

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Published on Jun 5, 2013

Chris Roth discusses how the school district worked to provide teachers with the professional learning experiences they needed to make the cyber learning program successful.

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TRANSCRIPT: When we started our cyber school we learned quickly that because you are a great teacher at face to face and you might love technology that does not mean you're equipped to teach in a cyber school. The training that I received in college and even the training of my 17 years of teaching would not prepare me to be effective in a cyber school. So we learn quickly that there are skills; there are tools; there are communication strategies that teachers are gonna need in order to do this effectively.

So over the years—we first started with teachers who said, "I like cyber. I like technology." And we said, "Okay, you should be able to do this." Through their experience they told us, "No. It doesn't work that way." So now we're to the point that teachers that are gonna go into our cyber program go through a professional development program.

It's all in-house at this point though we started by using outside resources because we didn't have the in-house expertise. We work alongside the cyber teachers. So they get continual support if they have questions about how to develop a course, if they have questions on new communication tools, if they have questions on new instructional tools that they'd like to use. So that partnership has grown between administration, between colleagues where it's an ongoing professional development model to meet their needs which are unique to the face-to-face teachers' needs

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