The Status of Professional Development for K-12 Online Teachers: Insights and Implications

Oct. 05, 2009

Source: Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 17(4), 523-545. (October 2009).

The authors share findings, insights, and implications from “Going Virtual! The Status of Professional Development for K12 Online Teachers". This is a report from 2007, which supported by the North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL, now known as iNACOL).

The authors conducted a national survey of 259 K-12 online teachers, administrators, and professional development trainers to gain baseline information on the status of K-12 online teacher professional development.

This article provides three main insights from the study:
the influence of evolving context on professional development;
the broad continuum of professional development practices & models; and
global and situation-specific professional development needs.

The article discusses implications for K12 online teacher professional development practice, policy, and research.

Updated: Oct. 12, 2010