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VVA, VASCD partner for 3 professional learning courses

Virtual Virginia (VVA) has partnered with Virginia ASCD (VASCD) to offer three professional learning courses at no cost to Virginia public educators participating in virtual instruction for the 2020–2021 academic year.

The three self-paced courses have been designed to assist educators in translating critical areas of pedagogy between face-to-face and virtual learning environments, in support of the Profiles of a Virginia Graduate and Classroom. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion for each course they successfully complete.

More details about the courses are provided below. Virginia public educators are encouraged to enroll in the courses via the VVA Professional Learning Portal.

Communication and Collaboration in Face-to-Face and Virtual Environments

In virtual environments students can easily become isolated from each other, passively watching instead of participating in instruction. This course, created by James Madison University professor Kristina Doubet, will cover the rationale, effective practices, and sample tools for creating virtual and face-to-face opportunities for students to strengthen and practice their communication and collaboration skills.

Enroll: Communication & Collaboration

Critical and Creative Thinking in Face-to-Face and Online Environments

Whether learning in person or virtually, students need opportunities to process content while building thinking skills. This course will give teachers foundations, strategies, and tools for designing instruction that integrates higher-level thinking and creativity across grade levels and content areas in both face-to-face and virtual spaces. Doubet also created the content for this course.

Enroll: Critical & Creative Thinking

Descriptive Feedback to Advance Learning: Principles and Techniques

This course, created by award-winning author Rick Wormeli, focuses on the importance of quality feedback as both a necessity for learning and a way to motivate student engagement in virtual learning. Without personalized feedback, online learning may become nothing more than a swapping of files and grades, unlikely to result in learning that lasts. This course covers rationale and effective practice as well as sample strategies from a variety of content areas and grade levels.

Enroll: Descriptive Feedback

For more information, contact the VVA Main Office at main.office@virtualva.org or 866-650-0025.

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