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Online professional development program to focus on new teacher residency requirements

The Southeast Ohio Teacher Development Collaborative (SEOTDC) member institutions are offering a series of free online professional development sessions titled, "Ohio's Seven Standards for Teaching

The series focuses on Ohio's standards for teaching and the new residency program requirements.

The sessions begin Jan. 7 and will be administered through self-paced modules that will include video excerpts of best practices and an up-close, interactive view of the standards and communication among participants via Blackboard technology. The program will work to help all teachers, both old and new, learn firsthand about Ohio's Standards for the Teaching Profession.

According to Karen Corcoran, consultant for the Rio Center of Practice, the program will be both fun and interactive.

"The professional development series will not only help get you familiar with Ohio's Standards for the Teaching Profession, but will take you to actual teacher's classrooms. You will be able to meets some of southern Ohio's best teachers where the standards come alive through video clips," Corcoran said.

She also said the series will allow participants to explore what artifacts they have that demonstrate high quality teaching and learning and that they will be challenged to reflect on their teaching and learn to use data to inform practice.

This professional development opportunity is a great way for teachers to learn how to improve their effectiveness in the classroom and throughout their careers.

"A benefit to using the modules for professional development is instant access anywhere you have Internet and at any time," said Debbie Ames, co-director of the Muskingum Valley Education Service Center of Practice. "In southeastern Ohio, quite often you have to drive half an hour to an hour to take a college course or to attend professional development workshops. With these modules, you can
have access to professional development when and where you want."

Registration is now open and is required for the sessions. The last day to register is Dec. 19. CEU and workshop credits are available for a fee through any one of the five SEOTDC institutions of higher education. To register or to find more information, visit http://coras.org/pd2011.php.

"This is one part of several interrelated initiatives that have been made possible by a grant received from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation," said Bonnie Prince, project consultant to SEOTDC. "It will allow us to emphasize the use of assets and opportunities available in the Appalachian Ohio region to enhance teaching and improve learning in southeast Ohio."

This series is supported by SEOTDC partners (the Colleges of Education of Marietta College, Muskingum University, Ohio University, The University of Rio Grande and Shawnee State University) and by the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools.