Online Professional Development Opportunities
The Department is now accepting applications from educators for a unique professional development opportunity. The Partnership for Technology Professional Development (PTPD) will offer courses for teachers and administrators, at no cost to the participants, through three of the top professional providers in the state: The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), The Massachusetts Elementary School Principals Association (MESPA), and Virtual High School (VHS).
Courses will be offered in three periods: December 2006 to Feb. 2007, March to May 2007, and June to August 2007. Courses will be delivered using a combination of online and face-to-face approaches, with all courses using MassONE as the delivery system. The courses include:
- 21st Century Literacy Skills for Teachers
- Creating Assessments Using Online Tools
- Universal Design for Learning in the General Education Curriculum - Teacher Tech: Digital Media in the Classroom
- Principles of Curriculum Design
- Leadership for the 21st Century: Teaching, Learning, and Technology
This program provides a cost-effective way for districts to build their capacity to use technology in teaching and learning. The courses will be offered at no cost to the participants. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with preference given to districts that are enrolling teams, followed by those offering stipends to teachers to share what they learned with their colleagues.
To apply for these opportunities, educators need to complete the online application form. The application form, course descriptions, syllabi, and other details are available at: http://vessunweb1.doe.mass.edu/tutorial/ptpd_survey.htm.
The MassONE Team