Join ETLO for Upcoming Webinars
posted 9/25/13

ETLO is pleased to announce our Fall Webinar Series. Our next webinar in the series is on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 4 PM Eastern Time and focuses on From Concept to Scale: Growing Blended Learning in a Large High School with Jim Hardman, Crown Point (IN) Schools, Chris Rapp, Evergreen Education Group, and Kirsten Peterson, ETLO. To join the webinar, please visit ETLO's Collaborate Webinar Room:

Pre-regsitration is not required for any of our webinars. All webinars will be recorded and posted on the ETLO Webinar Page. Hope you can join us!

ETLO Newsletter Archive
posted 9/16/13

ETLO's quarterly newsletter is filled with information and resources for educators interested in online and blended learning. To join the ETLO mailing list, please visit: Visit the links below to view past ETLO newsletters. 

ETLO Newsletter: July 2013 | ETLO Newsletter: March 2013 | ETLO Newsletter: January 2013
Common Core Banner ETLO's New Common Core Courses Help Teachers Adapt Practices
posted 9/16/13

Though the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) began rolling out a few years ago, many teachers are still asking, “How do they change what I teach in my classroom?”

Now, a new series of online professional development courses is available to help teachers understand the standards, build on what they already know and practice, and plan for classroom changes. EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO) at EDC developed the e-learning courses in response to state education leaders’ requests for more in-depth professional development materials for teachers.

“We’re providing teachers with the time and space to dig deeply into the Common Core,” says ETLO Director Barbara Treacy. “Teachers can study the standards, explore resources, try things out in their classrooms, get feedback from the facilitator, and engage in discussion with other educators.”

The courses are helping teachers answer some of the tough questions they have about the CCSS. “Teachers want to know how to teach to these higher standards, which demand critical thinking and technology and media skills. How do they change how they assess students’ reading and writing assignments?” explains Treacy. “These courses aren’t a one-shot deal. They are deeper learning opportunities that unfold over 30 or more hours, over six or seven weeks.”

Getting up to speed

The first two courses were launched this spring: Exploring the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice and Implementing the English Language Arts (ELA) – Literacy Standards with a Focus on Reading. They are made up of individual sessions that divide the CCSS into manageable chunks, covering such topics as identifying which standards to teach, thinking differently about assessments, selecting various kinds of texts, and incorporating the standards into the classroom.

The courses address the changing role of technology in teaching and learning and how to find the best tools and resources. They also invite teachers to embed technology and media in the their teaching practices.

Enabling teachers to engage in online professional development around the CCSS saves time and money, as teachers don’t need to travel to onsite workshops. Participants work through a series of weekly course sessions with an experienced online facilitator and engage in online discussions. Courses may be offered in a blended model, beginning with a face-to-face kick off and concluding with a face-to-face meeting. Learning about the standards together online, over time, helps educators make a smoother transition to the Common Core classroom.

“We want to give teachers time to delve into understanding what’s different together, as well as how it affects their classroom practice and how they will assess student performance,” Treacy says.

Sharing a common goal

Toby Maguire directs the ACCCESS adult education program at Cape Cod Community College in Hyannis, Massachusetts, which offers General Education Development (GED) preparation courses. Change is in the air for him and his colleagues: Not only must they adapt their current curricula to meet CCSS requirements, but Massachusetts plans to replace its existing GED test with a new high school equivalency credential grounded in the CCSS.

To prepare for these upcoming changes, Maguire and a group of ACCCESS teachers took the new ETLO ELA course this past spring.

“My colleagues and I were trying to figure out how we could do professional development around the Common Core,” says Maguire. “We’re now more aware of how we will bring close reading, including reading more nonfiction, into the classroom, and how we will incorporate not just more writing—but writing that will prepare students for careers and postsecondary education.”

The ETLO online community enables teachers to share ideas, try out new things, report on what they’ve learned, and offer feedback. For Maguire and his colleagues, taking the ETLO courses with another group of adult education instructors from the Boston area offered the additional benefit of collaborating with educators who also teach learners for whom English is not a first language.

“We gained a much better sense of the ELA requirements under the Common Core working together,” he says.

For participating teachers, transitioning together eases the process of incorporating the CCSS into their daily teaching routines.

“It’s not enough to ask teachers to read the standards on their own and then teach to them,” says Treacy. “That is not sufficient to change practice. Our e-learning courses help them understand what’s different overall, and how it affects their day-to-day practice.”

ETLO Participates in TxVSN Virtual Conference
posted 8/1/13

ETLO is thrilled to be a part of the Virtual Online Learning (VOL) Speaks VOLumes Conference, a virtual conference being offered by Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN). Registration is free and open to everyone (not just TX educators). Registration is available at:

There's an impressive schedule of live sessions listed at: and the sessions will be recorded and archived on the site.

Join ETLO's Kirsten Peterson and Erin Earnst on Thursday, August 1st at noon Central Time for a webinar on Time Management Tips for Online Facilitators and Participants. Webinar participants are welcome to be a part of the conversation and share some of their strategies for online learning time management.

ETLO Director Barbara Treacy is leading a session on Friday, August 2nd at 9 AM Central Time on So You Want to Teach Online.

Hope you can join us!

ETLO partners with Qualcomm and Boston Public Schools on Innovative Mobile Learning Project
posted 7/17/13

Beginning summer 2013, ETLO will provide a mobile-optimized, blended course for a cohort of Boston Public School leaders on Leading Schools in a Web 2.0 World, supported by a generous grant from Qualcomm's Wireless Reach Initiative. The course will enable participants, who will access the course using tablets with broadband connections, to expand their digital, mobile leadership skills and develop an action plan for implementation in their schools. ETLO facilitators will incorporate specific facilitation strategies that take advantage of mobile access.

Excellent Day of Learning at Online Learning Institute in San Antonio
posted 7/17/13

The 9th Annual Online Learning Institute jointly sponsored by ETLO, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and Southern Region Education Board (SREB) was a huge success! Thank you to all of the members of the ETLO community who helped to make it such a great day of learning.

The day included a thought-provoking keynote presentation by Dr. David Rose from CAST, interesting roundtable discussions, informative remarks by Renee Citlau, Julie Evans, Kate Loughrey, Winnie Bracco and our own Barbara Treacy, and great conversations during networking time with educators from around the country interested in online and blended learning.

If you attended the Online Learning Institute, but have not yet completed the feedback survey, please help us improve for next year by completing this brief survey:

The notes, recordings and other resources will be posted on the Online Learning Institute website: for your ongoing reference and sharing.

We look forward to the 10th Annual Online Learning Institute during ISTE 2013 in Atlanta. If you are interested in serving on the Online Learning Institute 2014 planning committee, please contact Leinda Peterman at


New Partnership with Endicott College for Graduate Credit
posted 7/17/13

We are pleased to announce a new graduate credit partnership with Endicott College's Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies for eligible ETLO courses. The Five ETLO courses listed below are eligible for three graduate credits, which can be obtained after successful completion of the course with an additional fee and course requirements:

For further information, please visit our Graduate Credit page.

CoSN Logo ETLO Director Speaking at CoSN CTO Clinic
posted 5/14/13

ETLO Director Barbara Treacy will be speaking at the CoSN CTO Clinic at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts on Thursday, May 16th. Barbara is leading a hands-on session in the afternoon focusing on Blended Learning: What is it and How Do We Support Educators in the Transition to Digital Learning?

Visit the link below for registration details and full agenda:

CoSN CTO Clinic Agenda and Registration
Webinar Series Archive
posted 4/24/13

Thank you to our colleagues who shared their time and expertise in our webinar series this past spring and summer! This ongoing series covers a variety of topics related to online and blended learning. The archives from all of our previous webinars webinars, including an excellent panel presentation on Collaboration and Content in Online Course Design by Liz McGonagle and Paula Marini from TEC, Andrea Stavrakas from Wellesley Public Schools (MA), and ETLO’s Kirsten Peterson and an informative webinar by ETLO’s Lesley Reilly and Alex Dreier on Mobile Devices and Online Learning, are available at:

If you would like to propose a topic and/or presenter for our next webinar series that is starting in September, please email Erin Earnst at

Register Now for the 9th Annual Online Learning Institute
posted 4/24/13

Join leaders in online and blended learning for the 9th Annual Online Learning Institute during the ISTE Conference at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio on June 26 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Registration is now available at the ISTE registration site!* 


The Online Learning Institute is sponsored by EDC’s EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO), International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Early bird registration is $129 and ends May 1! After May 1, the registration fee is $159.

Highlights of the day are keynote and panel presentations and roundtable discussions. The registration fee also includes breakfast and lunch which provide additional time for making connections with others interested in online and blended learning. The keynote speaker is Dr. David Rose, CAST CEO and Co-Founder and panelists include Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO, and Angela Smith, Texas Virtual School Network Operations Director.


Don’t miss this chance to hear exciting keynote and panel discussions and to share strategies and lessons about implementing successful online and blended learning programs in states, districts, schools and other organizations with school, district, state and national leaders in the field of online and blended learning!


Visit the Online Learning Institute website at for the preliminary agenda. Be sure follow us on Twitter (@edtechleaders) for the most recent conference updates. We hope you can join us for exciting keynote and panel presentations and in‐depth roundtable discussions about the power and future of online learning while networking with practitioners from around the country! For more information contact Leinda Peterman, ETLO, Matlea Parker, SREB, Barbara Treacy, ETLO or Rob Darrow, iNACOL.

*Contact Leinda Peterman at if you wish to register only for the Online Learning Institute.


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