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Transforming Professional Learning: Meeting the Needs of Online and Blended Educators

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m. Central Time

Location: Virtual


What professional development do online teachers need to provide quality virtual learning experiences? In this webinar, sponsored by the Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative, researchers from REL Midwest’s former Virtual Education Research Alliance describe a survey tool for exploring how well virtual professional development aligns with the experiences, challenges, and preferences expressed by online teachers. Staff from the Wisconsin Virtual School, which helped develop the tool, then share survey findings and implementation strategies to meet identified needs. Last, three practitioners share their perspectives on addressing online teachers’ professional learning needs.

Partnership: Former REL Midwest Virtual Education Research Alliance


  • Peggy Clements, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, REL Midwest
  • Erin Stafford, M.A., Senior Research Associate, REL Midwest
  • Jacqueline Zweig, Ph.D, Research Scientist, REL Midwest
  • Dawn Nordine, Executive Director, Wisconsin Virtual School
  • Michele Nickels, Director, Wisconsin Virtual School
  • Jill Gurtner, Principal, Clark Street Community & 21st Century eSchool, Wisconsin
  • Kelly Pochop, Virtual Learning Coordinator, Racine Unified School District, Wisconsin
  • Dan Tenuta, Principal, Kenosha eSchool, Wisconsin