Our Research

e-Learning for Educators: Effects of Online Professional Development on Teachers and their Students: Findings from Four Randomized Trials

Boston College (June 2010)

This report details the large-scale e-Learning for Educators study of the impact of online professional development on teachers’ content knowledge, instructional practices and student learning. This study shows significant impacts on teachers' content knowledge, instructional practices and student learning in both mathematics and English language arts (ELA) at the upper elementary and middle school levels. EDC’s EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO) developed the series of four online workshops (three 30-hour workshops in ELA and mathematics for upper elementary and middle school teachers) and prepared the online facilitators who delivered these workshops to teachers across project states.

E-Learning for Educators was a 10-state consortium funded by the U.S. Department of Education in 2005 and led by Alabama Public Television to develop state-wide online professional development programs in Alabama, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. ETLO provided capacity building, online training, courses, and consulting to support this successful program which has, in the course of its four years, reached over 21,000 teachers with high quality online professional development in a range of subject areas and grade levels.

ETLO Presents at Intel’s Teach 2012 Nation Summit

Leinda Peterman, Alex Dreier.
Lesley Reilly. and Barbara Treacy
(February 2012)

ETLO provided training and facilitation at Intel’s Teach 2012 Nation Summit in Atlanta. Focused on online professional development and implementation of Intel’s online Elements courses. The National Summit will includes teams from 22 states.

Panel Discussion: Online Learning: Addressing Challenges, Seizing Opportunities

Allison Powell, VP, iNACOL
Barbara Treacy, Director, ETLO, EDC
Lori Westhoff, Principal, Humboldt, Iowa
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

The Alliance for Excellent Education hosted a webinar to release two major publications and facilitated a conversation among experts using questions submitted by participants from the around the country. Following the webinar, panelists - including ETLO's Barbara Treacy - participated in a live discussion.

Webinar: Can Web 2.0 Save Teacher Professional Development?

Barbara Treacy and Christopher Sessums (2009)

Event Description: The rise of interactive technology has created exciting new possibilities for teacher professional development, from facilitated online courses to social-learning communities to live multimedia presentations. Many observers now believe that, when used effectively, digital technologies could ultimately break the grip of the one-shot, drive-by workshop in schools and spur the growth of teacher-learning opportunities that are truly collaborative and job-embedded. Yet many questions remain. In this webinar, two experts will address these questions and bring you up to date on the latest ideas and trends in online teacher learning and how you can take advantage of them.