With the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers all over the country have had to teach virtually, and it looks like this might continue. To that end, Northern Buckeye has revamped some of our professional development offerings to help educators learn about technology, even when we can’t be there together.
We wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of our virtual services. Remember, all of our professional learning is available at no additional cost for our member districts. Not sure if your district is a member? Check this list.
Virtual PD Days
In response to COVID-19 pandemic, Northern Buckeye PD has been holding Virtual Professional Development days for our member districts which are developed in consultation with district leadership. Many districts have chosen to have a variety of sessions offered during their scheduled days. We have done several multi-day PDs including some half-day opportunities.
We have a range of sessions that can be offered with a live presenter that run typically for 20 minutes. The remaining 10 minutes of a half hour block is devoted to answering questions. Participants can choose from 3 different tracks and sessions are scheduled in half hour blocks.
On-Demand Virtual PD
Northern Buckeye has developed a fully on-demand PD catalog that can be curated into collections that can meet your district need for training in Remote Learning.
Most sessions are approximately 20 minutes in length and cover a range of topics of interest to teachers who want to learn more about using technology tools for remote or blended learning. These sessions have been recorded from live sessions presented to districts who participated in our Virtual PD days.
Virtual Tech Coaching
Tech coaching sessions can be setup on a monthly or as needed basis. Teachers can work one-on-one with a tech coach to get help with integration of technology into their instruction. If you are needing some individualized help then this free service is available to teachers and other district personnel from districts who are full NWOCA members. Virtual tech coaching allows you to receive one-on-one training and troubleshooting. It allows us to meet online in Zoom, at your convenience. You can share your screen with the trainer so that he or she can see exactly what you are seeing, and help you.
Google Certified Educator Cohorts
Northern Buckeye’s Google Certified Educator (GCE) Level 1 and Level 1 online cohorts will take educators through all the preparation they will need for the Google Certified Educator exam.
The courses are facilitated by Google Certified Trainers Kristie Hughes and Chris Malanga using Google Classroom. The course, which can be completed at your own pace, opens three times per year – fall, spring and summer. You can earn either CEUs or Ashland University credit for completion.
Upcoming cohort dates include:
- Fall 2020: September 8 – December 4, 2020 (registration opens soon)
Spring 2021: January 18 – April 16, 2021
- Summer 2021: May 17 – August 6, 2021
I’m Chris Malanga and I’ve been an Educational Technologist with the Northern Buckeye Education Council/NWOCA since 2016. In this role, I help teachers, administrators, and students integrate technology into our schools. My passion is helping people develop skills to change the world of education!