Virtual School Teaching: Establishing a Framework for K-12 Virtual School Professional Development Programs

ID: 31962 Type: Full Paper
  1. Meredith DiPietro and Mark Sivy, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States

Wednesday, March 9 10:45 AM-11:15 AM Location: Edgewood

Presider: Michael Barbour, Touro University California, United States

Abstract: State-led K-12 virtual schools provide students access to online educational opportunities and serve the nation’s educational agenda by providing an additional option for enacting school choice legislation. Underlying the effectiveness and quality of course options offered by K-12 virtual schools are virtual school teachers. While existing programs effectively support virtual school teacher’s use of general online teaching practices, a current professional development need of virtual school teachers is the differentiation of pedagogic and technological strategies to meet varying content area and curricular goals. In this presentation a framework for understanding the content-specific pedagogic and technology practices used by virtual school teachers will be introduced and discussed in terms of its relevance for informing K-12 virtual school professional development programs.


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