Virtual learning teacher training extended through Labor Day

Posted at 4:28 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 17:28:04-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The deadline for free teacher training on digital learning and teaching has been extended for an additional month.

The Tennessee Department of Education and Trevecca Nazarene University made the announcement Friday, saying since the program's launch in May, more than 18,000 teachers in Tennessee have taken the optional, self-paced training.

To continue providing the resource to educators as schools prepare to reopen for the 2020-21 school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the training series will now be offered through September 7, 2020.

All Tennessee teachers are eligible to participate and can register or find additional information here.

"As schools begin to reopen and districts continue to make the best local decisions for their students and educators, we are thankful to Trevecca for helping us support the over 18,000 teachers who have benefitted from this valuable resource to boost digital learning and teaching,” said Commissioner Penny Schwinn in a press release. “We hope educators from across the state will continue to take advantage of this free resource as they prepare for the school year.”

“We are so thankful to continue to offer this resource to teachers across the state of Tennessee,” added Trevecca provost Tom Middendorf. “The response to this personal development training has been absolutely incredible and we believe there are many more teachers that can benefit from this training. We feel honored to pass along our knowledge and expertise in remote learning to thousands of educators in Tennessee.”

The program includes four, self-paced modules, in which teachers can learn a variety of skills to improve digital and blended learning, including how to design classes for remote instruction, demonstrate effective use of instructional technology tools for digital instruction, create supplemental, blended or hybrid content deliveries, apply ADA Compliance and Accessibility for Universal Design, and implement a specialized IEP plan for content creation.