On-Site and Virtual Professional Development

Building a common language between administrators and teachers is the foundation of trust in a school building. With a transition from in-person classrooms to virtual teaching comes the use of a whole new set of skills to educate students and best practices in teacher observation in the virtual classroom. The National Virtual Teaching Association (NVTA) has set up training for teachers and administrators to help define what excellent virtual teaching looks like and start the process of building a common language between them

Certified Master NVTA facilitators will be assigned to your cohort to lead your training.

Select one of our Professional Development options below

District Administrators

For any school to prepare for an extended learning from home initiative, the administrative team must set the proper expectation for setting up and implementing a blended or full virtual instructional environment for their staff and for the community that depends on the school. Being able to successfully observe, provide feedback, and coach their teaching staff requires the development of new skills and set standards. With the NVTA Principles of Virtual Teaching, an administrator can give a clear expectation of what they expect of their staff.

About This Workshop

Participants will have the opportunity to dig into the Principles of Virtual Teaching and focus on the foundational skills needed to support a culture of adult learning and growth in a virtual school environment. We will create a clear understanding of specific strategies and look for to observe online instruction.

Audience: Higher Education, K-12, any organization that provides virtual instruction, School leaders, instructional coaches, teacher leaders, Deans.

Format: There will be three live, synchronous sessions (Tuesday, Thursday, Tuesday – each 3 hours). Participants will complete interactive, asynchronous modules (a total of 6 hours).

Total Time: 15 hours

Cost: Contact us for pricing

Primary Outcomes:

  • Develop a more in-depth understanding of the Principle of Virtual Teaching Rubrics.
  • How to set up new expectations for your staff
  • How to set up new expectations for the community and their children
  • How to use a Learning Management System
  • How to use a web conferencing system
  • Practice aligning teaching, learning, and evidence to rubrics.
  • Learn to lead growth-focused conversations with teachers to help them acclimate to a blended or entirely virtual classroom to build self-confidence
  • How to set up a home office
  • What does excellent teaching looking like in a virtual classroom

Online Resources

Both Administrators and Teachers will be offered access to the Virtual Learning Resource that has the following features:

  1. Video Clips showing teachers easy how to do it strategies for a virtual classroom
  2. Ability to upload video clips of instruction for experts to provide commentary
  3. Assessments that let you know what you have to work on
  4. Electronic Textbook that instructs you on:
    • Building teacher relationships with students in an online platform
    • Psychological components of the teacher and learner reinforced through the virtual format
    • Teacher outcomes (questioning) organized according to the virtual learning management systems
    • Transmission theory of instruction
    • PBL, small-group, individual in a virtual environment
    • Heterogeneous vs. homogeneous grouping
    • Eric Ericsson – stages of development
    • Mind versus Brain in reflective practice arranged in your LMS system
    • Teaching in the Virtual Classroom-
    • Transitioning from brick & mortar to virtual
    • Types of Questioning
    • Engagement – reflection
    • Application of digital and non-digital resources
    • Curriculum alignments and the Core
    • Code of Ethics for Virtual Teachers

Schedule

Tuesday:

  • Live Opening Session:
  • Conducted via Zoom
  • Facilitated by NVTA Principle of Virtual Teaching Specialists
  • Opportunities to interact with other participants through breakout rooms and interactive activities
  • Time: 3 Hours

Wednesday:

  • Self-Paced Modules
  • Completed independently
  • Access to the NVTA Electronic Textbook
  • Opportunities to interact with other participants through breakout rooms and interactive activities
  • Modules include activities, videos, and artifacts of classroom practice
  • Approximately 180 minutes of independent work

Thursday:

  • In-depth study of the Rubric and how to set new expectations for teachers
  • Conducted via Zoom
  • Facilitated by NVTA Principle of Virtual Teaching Specialists
  • Opportunities to interact with other participants through breakout rooms and interactive activities
  • Time: 3 Hours

Friday-Monday:

  • Self-Paced Modules
  • Completed independently
  • Access to the NVTA Electronic Textbook
  • Opportunities to interact with other participants through breakout rooms and interactive activities
  • Modules include: activities, videos, and artifacts of classroom practice
  • Approximately 180 minutes of independent work

Tuesday:

  • Bringing Everything Together and Practice Observations
    Conducted via Zoom
  • Facilitated by NVTA Principle of Virtual Teaching Specialists
  • Opportunities to interact with other participants through breakout rooms and interactive activities
  • Time: 3 Hours

Teachers

Going from teaching in an in-person classroom to either blended learning or an entirely virtual classroom can be exhaustive and challenging if you do not have a clear understanding of what you need to be successful. The NVTA developed the Principles of Virtual Teaching – a comprehensive guide including 24 separate components within five domains – to clearly define the steps required to be successful teaching in a remote environment. With the NVTA, you can set expectations for administrators and teachers while giving them the skills they need for a productive tiered virtual classroom environment.

About This Workshop

Participants will have the opportunity to draw connections between the Principles of Virtual Teaching and their practice as they focus on putting the Principles to work as the centerpiece of a learning culture and teacher-directed inquiry. Training includes the following topics:

  • Setting up a proper teaching environment at home
  • Using a learning management system and video conferencing platform
  • Engaging students through creating breakout sessions aligned with Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Grading, communication, working with teacher peers
  • Facilitating discussion with students and parents
  • Preparation before and after class.

Audience: Higher Education, K-12, any organization that provides virtual instruction, educators interested in learning more about how to teach in a virtual environment.

Format:There will be two live, synchronous sessions (each 3 hours). Participants will complete interactive, asynchronous modules (3 hours) between the two sessions and receive feedback from facilitators.

Total Time: 9 hours

Cost: Contact us for pricing

Primary Outcomes:

  • Develop a foundational understanding of virtual teaching practices
  • Teachers will understand the essential components of a virtual classroom and how to use them
  • Teachers will be able to create a quality learning environment at home
  • Be prepared to complete the first two lessons of the certification
  • Management of students in a virtual classroom
  • How to present your lesson using online resources to make it dynamic
  • Creating a tiered classroom environment for different learners based on R.T.I.
  • How to build respect with your students–cultivating mutually respectful relationships with students
  • How to set up your home office for success
  • How to manage a virtual learning management system
  • Free online resources you can use to enhance your lessons

Schedule

Monday:

  • Live three-hour opening session
  • Conducted via Zoom
  • Facilitated by National Virtual Teacher Association Trainers

Tuesday-Thursday:

  • Independently completed
  • Access to the NVTA Electronic Textbook
  • Opportunities to interact with other participants through breakout rooms and interactive activities
  • Modules include activities, videos, and artifacts of classroom practice
  • Approximately three hours of independent work

Friday:

  • Live three-hour culminating session to synthesize what was learned
  • Facilitated by NVTA Principles Specialists

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