ISTE Hosts Summer Learning Academy for Educators and Teacher Candidates

ISTE Summer Learning AcademyAs we look toward fall 2020, it is clear that PK-12 schools will continue to use some blend of online and face-to-face learning as they deal with social distancing requirements and a possible resurge of COVID-19 cases. Teaching effectively with technology is now an essential competency for all educators.

This summer provides a window of opportunity to deepen teacher candidates’ ability to effectively use technology to support learning. But that shift will not happen through checklists or tool training alone. Educators need explicit strategies and peer support. They also need professional learning experiences that will count towards their ongoing career development and continuing education credits. 

To address these issues, AACTE is proud to team up with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) to launch a Summer Learning Academy designed to prepare K-12 educators and teacher candidates for teaching in online and blended learning settings this fall.

This fun 3-week summer learning experience will provide the online teaching support educators have been asking for in a flexible format that meets their needs. Educators who successfully complete the program earn continuing education units (CEUs) and graduate-level credit.

The learning experience includes the following: 

  • Webinars: Join education experts from the ISTE community who will model and deliver practical and explicit strategies for teaching in online and blended learning environments through more than a dozen live webinars and interactive workshops, which will be accessible online through October 2020. 
  • ISTE U Microcourses: Four self-paced, one-hour microcourses developed with expert practitioners who are leaders on online learning. Course topics include creating equitable learning environments, designing impactful instructional experiences, building community and nurturing relationships, and providing formative feedback and assessment online. 
  • A learning community: Engage in discussion, leverage collective knowledge and collaborate on best practices for learning in digital environments with your peers.
  • Weekly giveaways: You could win a fun Friday prize!

ISTE’s Summer Learning Academy 2020 is now available for candidates and faculty with the support of philanthropic underwriting for $20! Register now!

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Jacqueline Rodriguez

Jacqueline Rodriguez

Vice President, Research, Policy, and Advocacy, AACTE