Online Learning—Certification and Professional Development Opportunities OLI 2008 Nicole Honoré, LDoE email@example.com
Background Info • Louisiana Virtual School • 9th year of implementation • State funded ($4.5 million) • Approx. 6000 students • Statewide Online PD Initiative • Initiated in 2002 • State funded ($450,000) • Approx. 30 different courses • LA Educational Leaders Induction Program • State mandated program targeting newly appointed educational leaders • All coursework completed online • State funded ($450,000)
Challenges • Identify, hire, and train quality online instructors (LVS and OPD) • Prepare quality mathematics teachers in increasing numbers to meet demands of HS Redesign • Prepare students and teachers for the skills necessary for success in the 21st century and global economy
Online Learning—Certification and Professional Development Opportunities • Algebra I add-on certification endorsement—approved January 2008 • Online Instruction add-on certification endorsement---approved April 2008
Bulletin 746--§668 Mathematics Areas (Algebra I) • Eligibility Requirements: • valid Type B or Level 2 Louisiana teaching certificate (requires 3 years of teaching experience); • complete the following pd programs: • Algebra I Awareness workshop; • Topics for Algebra Leaders and Instructors (TALI) workshop (face-to-face or online); and • Algebra I online modules (the entire series) or an approved college-level mathematics course(s) addressing the same content covered in the Algebra I online modules • Pass the Praxis Middle School Mathematics exam (0069); • Pass the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) 7-12 exam (0524) or a college-level course addressing the same content covered on the Praxis exam.
Bulletin 746--§665 Ed Technology Areas (Online Instruction) • Eligibility Requirements: • valid Type B or Level 2 Louisiana teaching certificate (requires 3 years of teaching experience) or equivalent Out-of-State teaching certificate; • Complete an online course or combination of online courses focused on the following topics: • best practices in online course delivery • facilitation skills that foster reflective discussions in an online learning environment • effective strategies for assessing learning in the online environment. • techniques for using online tools to address student learning needs • asynchronous discussion and onlinecourse-authoring tools • ethical and legal issues related to the use of online resources • Complete an online teaching intern experience (at least 1 semester in length) or successfully serve as an instructor/facilitator of an online course (at least 6-weeks in length).
Moving Forward with Online Learning • Numeracy OPD • Policy for a non-traditional type certificate for business professionals–to include completion of an online preparation/training program • Expansion of e-mentoring program for mentors of new teachers
Nicole HonoréEducation Senior Consultant Office of Educator Support LA Dept of Education Nicole.Honore@la.gov www.louisianaschools.net