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Professional Development for Virtual Schooling and Online Learning

Author(s): Niki Davis, Raymond M. Rose

Organization(s): iNACOL

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning

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This report, created by the North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL) research committee, aims to raise awareness of misconceptions and provide guidance on professional development for traditional and online schools. School leaders have recognized that online courses are part of the solution to challenges faced by particular students, including access and equity.

However, few principles have a clear idea of the range of professional development needs of their staff. In addition, only a few programs prepare teachers and leaders for virtual learning. Yet, it is widely recognized that quality is tightly linked with professional development and training. Examine this report and discover new models of professional development that will expand your mind to a new vision of the future of education.