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ERIC Number: ED509632
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Research Committee Issues Brief: Professional Development for Virtual Schooling and Online Learning
Davis, Niki; Rose, Ray
North American Council for Online Learning
This report examines the types of professional development necessary to implement successful online learning initiatives. The potential for schools utilizing online learning is tremendous: schools can develop new distribution methods to enable equity and access for all students, they can provide high quality content for all students and they can begin to shift management structures to support performance-based approaches through data-driven decision-making. Virtual schooling is providing a bridge between the traditional classroom and 21st century education by linking high quality teaching and high quality courses with the collaborative, networked, information-rich environments that are a hallmark of the information age. States, districts, universities and schools need to be providing professional development in the operations, budgeting, curricular and instructional leadership for leaders, future teachers and school administrators to understand and support virtual learning. Virtual schools are connecting quality teachers to students in rigorous, interactive and information-rich courses across the K-12 spectrum. New professional opportunities are open to teachers to teach full-time and part-time--even telecommuting. This report examines new models of professional development that will expand your mind to a new vision of the future of education. Online professional development for administrators, teachers and school leaders will help build new models of schools--both online and blended--and better serve today's students during an information revolution in a global society. A brief description of virtual schooling professional preparation and development spectrum and continua is appended. (Contains 7 footnotes.)
North American Council for Online Learning. Available from: International Association for K-12 Online Learning. 1934 Old Gallows Road Suite 350, Vienna, VA 22182. Tel: 888-956-2265; Tel: 703-752-6216; Fax: 703-752-6201; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: North American Council for Online Learning
Identifiers - Location: Iowa; Massachusetts