Developing Large Scale Effective Teacher Learning Communities at NSTA

This Web Seminar took place on August 22, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters were Dr. Al Byers, Assistant Executive Director of e-Learning and Government Partnerships at NSTA, and Flavio Mendez, Senior Director at NSTA. In this program, Dr. Byers and Mr. Mendez talked about the NSTA Learning Center and its role in providing a vibrant online community and blended PD experience for teachers.

The PowerPoint and related resources from the NSTA Learning Center are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

This web seminar was held in conjunction with Connected Educator Month, a month-long celebration led by the U.S. Department of Education to enhance teachers’ networks for professional learning and support. During the program, Dr. Byers discussed research that shows the need to engage educators in experiences that increase both their content knowledge and their pedagogical effectiveness. He talked about a strategy for professional learning that blends in-person activities with high-quality online experiences, and he showed how the NSTA Learning Center provides the online component of that blended learning model. Dr. Byers and Mr. Mendez introduced participants to the resources and tools available in the Learning Center, including badges that can be earned by users for the activities they complete.

Forty-three (43) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin. In addition, three participants joined the program from locations outside the United States: China, Mexico, and Turkey.

Seminar participants received a one year subscription to the NSTA SciPack of their choice. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I learned more about what PD is available through NSTA. It will now be easier to navigate the possibilities.”
  • "The research presented is beneficial in helping me work with my district to gain LC accounts for the elementary teachers in my district.”
  • “This is a great web seminar for someone new to the Learning Center.”
  • “I especially liked learning about what the plans are for the future in the LC.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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Underwritten by the GE Foundation