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Teacher Training

Arizona Virtual Teacher Institute

ASU Prep Digital has created the Arizona Virtual Teacher Institute to help Arizona teachers thrive in the new reality where online instruction is a part of every school plan.

This training is provided at no cost to schools or teachers through the generous investment of the Arizona Department of Education, the Governor’s Office, Helios Education Foundation and Arizona State University.

Check the Training Calendar for dates and details.

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Free Professional Development for Every Teacher

The training institute was designed to help Arizona teachers not just survive but thrive in adopting new digital, blended, hybrid, and tech-rich instructional practices. Topics include:

Online curriculum • Learning management system • Best practices in online instruction • Setting up a virtual instruction plan • Web 2.0 tools (web conferencing, plagiarism detection, etc.) • Live lessons • Pace charts • Setting up a home page • Supporting students with special needs • Creating supplemental resources and customizations • Academic integrity & discussion-based assessments • Preparing for “go live” with students • Best practices for effective communication • Monitoring student progress • Building social presence • Social and emotional learning in an online environment • Teaching time and stress management

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Personalized for Schools

We are offering a flexible menu of options that allows teachers to participate in multiple training sessions each month. School leaders can specify requirements for their staff, let teachers choose, request a special session for their school, or offer a combination of free choice and required sessions.

In addition to live offerings, we will offer asynchronous content delivered monthly to your inbox that includes opportunities to earn PD hours, via assessments, at your own time and pace.

To discuss a customized training for your school, schedule a call with one of our school partnership representatives.

Leverage the flexibility of online learning for your staff.

Sync Sessions

Live webinars or Communities of Practice offered 5 days a week throughout the 2020-21 school year.

On-Demand Video and Resources

Watch previous webinars, and access learning content, readings, and other materials for just-in-time support.

Professional Learning Communities

We facilitate training and dialogue that allows teachers from across the state to connect and share best practices.

Resource Hub for Teacher and Systems Leaders

ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College curates free online leadership resources that address key instructional and managerial challenges faced by schools.

Customized School-Based Sessions

Choose from a menu of teacher training sessions that will address your specific local needs. Available 5 days a week, plus Saturday.

Leadership Huddles for School and System Leaders

Mount rapid responses using expert peer insight. ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College facilitates regular, fast-moving virtual meetings for systems and school leaders to share right-now challenges and crowd-source solutions.

Upcoming Events

Ed Tech Tool “Power Hour”

Join us for an in-depth look at an educational technology tool and how it engages learners. We will provide an overview of how to use the tool, examples of implementation across grade levels, and give you an opportunity to try it out for yourself. Tech topics include Flipgrid, Kahoot, Quizzez, etc. Check the Training Calendar for dates and times.

Thriving as a Digital Teacher

Back by popular demand! This 3-day bootcamp series is offered as 8 sessions, 1 per day. Sessions will rotate every 2 weeks. Join as many as you can. Check the Training Calendar for dates and times.

  • Session 1 – ASU’s COVID Response & Free Teacher Resources 
  • Session 2 – Best Practices for Online Learning 
  • Session 3 – Web 2.0 tools & Engagement in Live Sessions
  • Session 4 – Resources for Ensuring Quality Online Courses & Transitions (NSQ, Quality Matters)
  • Session 5 – More on Course Design Best Practices
  • Session 6 – Academic Integrity & Discussion Based Assessments
  • Session 7 – Blended Learning + Hybrid Models Part 1
  • Session 8 – Blended Learning + Hybrid Models Part 2

Hot Topic of the Week

Each week we will rotate through a “hot topic” for each of the grade levels and school leadership. Topics will be inspired by the most relevant areas of concern: connecting with parents, students with special needs, small groups, building online community, grading practices, morning meetings, parent involvement, time management, breakout rooms, hybrid models, etc. Check the Training Calendar for dates and times.

  • Mondays – High School Focus
  • Tuesdays – Specials Teachers Focus
  • Wednesdays – Middle School Focus
  • Thursdays – Elementary Focus

Professional Learning Communities

In this discussion-focused format, connect with educators across the state, based on your students’ age level or your focus area. We’ll discuss current practices and research, while  sharing ideas and providing peer support. On Friday’s join experts from ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and colleagues in leadership roles to discuss current practices and share solutions to “right-now” leadership challenges. Check the Training Calendar for dates and times.

  • Mondays- Specials Teachers Focus
  • Tuesdays- Middle School Focus
  • Wednesdays- Elementary K-5
  • Thursdays- High School
  • Fridays- District and School Leaders

Saturday Workshop

Dive in deeper with a 2-hour session that includes time to work on a product, artifact, or tool you can immediately apply in the classroom. Check the Training Calendar for dates and times. Example topics include: 

  • Social Presence & Bitomoji in the Classroom
  • Live Lesson Makeover –  Increasing Engagement for Video Conferencing
  • Assessment in an Online Environment

Leadership Focus

Join experts from ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and colleagues from across the state to explore what educator teams look like (or could look like!) in virtual and blended instructional environments. Check the Training Calendar for dates and times. Example topics include: 

  • Educator Teams in Virtual and Blended Environments
  • New Educator Roles

How do I learn more about Arizona Virtual Teacher Training?

To learn more about all our professional development offerings or to discuss a customized training for your school, contact one of our school partnership representatives.