Expanding Online Professional Learning Opportunities

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Teaching Remotely: A Practical Guide

Offered by the Friday Institute (NC State University) in collaboration with MSDE

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This one credit course was offered during the summer of 2020. Over 600 Maryland Educators participated and several provided overwhelmingly positive comments regarding the course. Please see two of the comments from Maryland educators below.

Description: During this six weeks course, best practices, resources, and strategies related to successfully setting up distance learning classrooms will be shared while providing many opportunities to brainstorm and share with colleagues. Specific focus throughout the course will be provided based on supporting students with limited connectivity and for students with learning differences and other unique needs. These strategies will be focused beyond the COVID-19 crisis and will support educators in bringing remote learning to their classroom whenever it is needed. At the end of the course, educators will develop an action plan for your classroom. 

Prompt: How have your perceptions of remote learning changed from the beginning of the course to now? What will you do differently as a result of this process?

My perceptions of remote learning have changed in a positive way. When I had to make the emergency switch in the spring I was filled with a lot of anxiety and nervousness. Now that I completed the year remotely and participated in this course I feel I have a better understanding of skills and strategies to use to support my students during remote learning. I still have a lot to learn and need to explore the new LMS provided to me by my district, but I feel I have more tools and resources after completing this course and feel better prepared for the fall. I think most of what I do in the fall will be different from the spring. I have had more time to explore and find some best practices for remote learning. I want to work harder to engage students during remote learning and be able to have live sessions to teach the standards and support my students' learning.

My opinions of remote learning have changed from the beginning of the course to now. At the beginning of the course I viewed remote learning as a necessary outcome of the COVID Pandemic and not a good option for teaching. I now feel that with purposeful instruction, remote learning actually provides many opportunities to meet students where they are and create very meaningful learning experiences for them. In addition, now more than ever I understand the importance of having empathy and building strong relationships with parents. The success of an online classroom rests heavily on this relationship.

PL for Remote Teaching Portal

Earn Credits While You Learn (Always Available)

Teaching from a distance was a new experience for many of us. During the fall of 2020 and for the future, various credit bearing professional learning opportunities will be available to Maryland teachers that address the "how-tos" for distance learning. After completing professional learning opportunities, access the Professional Learning Program for Maryland Educators to submit and request hourly points towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. 

During the pandemic, Maryland teachers were faced with delivering instruction remotely. After speaking to many educators about their experiences, MSDE was able to identify the most troublesome areas related to synchronous or blended teaching and learning. These areas range from the instructional development and planning for remote teaching to more specific topics such as; how to communicate effectively with students and parents, how to meet the needs of EL students, how to provide accessible digital resources, how to design and conduct formative assessments, and more.

In response to these identified needs is the PL for Remote Teaching Portal. The portal is offers supporting professional learning webinars/courses/activities that have been contributed by Maryland's local school systems, individual educators, and quality educational organizations. Over 60 short modules are available in which teachers can participate. This is a "living portal" so additional modules will be added as identified.

Using the Professional Learning Program for Maryland Educators  in conjunction with the portal will allow for the collection of hourly points to eventually convert into Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. Please take advantage of this unique professional learning opportunity.