Professional Development Highlights: Tech Courses for Teachers and NBCT Information Sessions

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This week, we have two great, long-term professional development opportunities for those who want to build technology skills or are interested in earning National Board Certification.

Three Extended Courses from Technology Services for Your Professional Development

Each course differs in objectives, requirements and has suggested prerequisites.  

Introduction to ACPS Technology

This eight-week blended course is designed to teach K-12 educators how to use and integrate the massive array of technology tools and software available in ACPS to support instruction. Topics include G Suite, Nearpod, WeVideo, Breakout EDU and more.

This course addresses the requirements for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel, focusing on how educators function as digital leaders, skilled technology users, learning facilitators and lifelong learners.

  • Suggested prerequisite: None
  • Recertification points: 24
  • Good for: Beginners
  • PLMS #15542
  • Register on the PLMS website

Digital Badging with Blended Learning

The Digital Badging with Blended Learning course provides elementary teachers an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of ACPS tools and resources (Brainpop and Nearpod) through training and certification to design a more personalized experience for students. The course provides teachers an opportunity to become a certified educator with one or two of the ACPS supported tools: Brainpop and/or Nearpod.

  • Suggested prerequisite: Intro to ACPS Technology
  • Recertification points: 15
  • Good for: The tech comfortable
  • PLMS #15831
  • Register on the PLMS website

Teacher Leadership Project (TLP)

TLP is a year-long cohort of K-12 educators interested in becoming technology leaders and collaborating with others across the division. Throughout TLP, you will have the opportunity to create an exemplary classroom that integrates technology to expand learning. TLP is also an opportunity to experiment and take risks in a supportive environment. Teachers in TLP gain experience leading and facilitating technology-rich learning opportunities for staff. As part of the TLP cohort, you will attend two full-day sessions in August and three full-day workshops and three after-school meetings throughout the year. Interested teachers should apply by April 10.

  • Suggested prerequisites: Intro to ACPS Technology, Digital Badging with Blended Learning or school-based secondary technology cohorts
  • Recertification points: 125
  • Good for: Emerging tech leaders
  • Year-long Commitment
  • Application required: Apply Online
  • PLMS #15800

For additional information, please contact your school’s Technology Integration Specialist.

Are you ready to take your teaching to the next level? Attend a National Board Certification information session to see if it might be right for you.

Tuesday, April 2 at 4 p.m.
Central Office, Room 310-3B

Wednesday, April 10 at 4 p.m.
T.C. Williams High School King Street Campus, Room B334

What is National Board Certification?

National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) have earned the teaching profession’s highest honor. The certification process identifies accomplished teachers through a rigorous program that includes four components: one exam and three portfolio submissions. Through NBCT, dedicated teachers demonstrate their commitment to teaching and maintaining the industry’s highest standards.

Why become certified?

National Board Certification:

  • Improves student achievement and learning
  • Provides an opportunity for teachers to grow and be challenged
  • Recognizes accomplished teachers
  • Can lead to increased salary and leadership opportunities

Learn more about the National Board Certification process.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for certification, applicants must:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  2. Have at least three FULL years of teaching experience by the end of the 2018-19 school year
  3. Hold a valid teaching license

How does it work?

ACPS supports a two-year submission time frame during which teachers participate in monthly meetings, are part of a professional learning community and receive support on the technical aspects of the process. ACPS also funds most of the $2,050 cost for the majority for selected candidates.

What’s the time frame?

  1. May 3: Applications must be received by 5 p.m.
  2. May 17: Candidates will be notified of their status
  3. June 9: Accepted candidates attend a NBCT jumpstart meeting — mandatory for candidates receiving funding through ACPS
  4. Summer 2019: Work begins with the completion of first cohort assignment

I’m interested! What’s next?

Who can I contact with questions?

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