OPEN NH is part of e-Learning for Educators, a multi-state project funded through a federal Ready to Teach Grant. Participating in the project are the state education agencies and the public broadcast stations of New Hampshire, Delaware, Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky, along with the Education Development Center and Boston College.
OPEN NH offers a wide range of high-quality, research-based online professional development courses, developed by the Education Development Center, and facilitated by exemplary New Hampshire educators. Courses specific to New Hampshire needs are developed by trained New Hampshire educators.
OPEN NH uses a Web-based model to provide effective professional development that leads to gains in educator’s content knowledge, improvement in their teaching practices, and increases in the achievement of their students.
The NH Department of Education will receive a portion of the funding to hire a project coordinator, cover travel related cost for the State Leadership team, meeting and videoconferencing costs, and provide support to the six Local Educational Support Centers for their involvement in participant registration and course development and delivery.
New Hampshire Public Television will receive a portion of the funding to provide marketing and promotion support, course development assistance, and to carry out pre-production planning in year one and full production of the multi-media elements of the courses in years two through five.
These are Wordles generated from the article on New Hampshire e-Learning for Educators which appeared in the Spring 2008 edition of the New Hampshire Journal of Education.
The five year E-Learning for Educators initiative was designed to help states meet critical requirements for improving student achievement through providing high quality online professional development content and support as they build their capacity to implement programs to meet teacher quality requirements. The initiative seeks to address the needs of students in high-poverty, low–achieving schools.
The overall Goals for this project are to:
- Use e-learning to provide effective professional development that leads to gains in teachers’ content knowledge, improvements in their teaching practices, and increases in the achievement of their students.
- Develop, within each participating state and public broadcasting organization, the capacity to use e-learning as a vehicle for effective professional development that directly serves state and district teacher quality initiatives and student achievement goals, with a specific focus on high need schools and districts.
- Create a multi-state collaboration to define common standards, share resources and expertise, and support the individual state programs.
- Develop a cadre of skilled e-Learning for Educators instructors to teach the e-learning courses offered.
- Develop model e-learning courses for professional development that address critical state needs and provide exemplars to inform further course development.
- Develop a cadre of skilled e-Learning for Educators course developers and establish collaborations involving public broadcasting stations, state departments of education, and other relevant organizations, to develop e-learning courses to meet the student achievement needs of each state.
- Conduct scientifically-based research to determine the effectiveness of the e-Learning for Educators initiative on improving teacher quality and impacting student achievement.
- Establish a proven, scalable and sustainable model for e-learning professional development programs that can be replicated in other states.
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