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SCTS 4.0 Rubric Virtual Instruction Training

SCTS 4.0 Rubric Virtual Instruction Training

The South Carolina Department of Education and NIET are offering all educators in South Carolina the opportunity to participate in three, free 90-minute sessions.

Overview and Frequently Asked Questions

Overview

The South Carolina Department of Education and National Institute for Excellence in Teaching are offering all educators in South Carolina the opportunity to participate in three 90-minute sessions to learn more about effective virtual teaching practices. These sessions are completely free and will be offered multiple times over the course of 2020-21. 

Given the high demand for these sessions, which had initially filled up at the start of the semester, NIET is allowing a limited number of additional educators into future sessions starting in late September. Any educator who is not able to be added immediately will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted about upcoming sessions in the event of an opening.

Click here to sign up for future openings.

Principals and school leaders can both sign up for themselves as well as add up to 2 other leaders and 5 classroom teachers from their school. Educators from the same school will be enrolled in the same sessions on a first-come, first-serve basis. Individual teachers are also invited to sign up, but we cannot promise they will be paired with others from their school. Educators will receive an email from niettraining@niet.org with their session options as those are available.

For additional information or assistance, visit niet.org or email niettraining@niet.org.

Educators will leave these sessions − centered on planning, instruction, and the environment  with an understanding of what the SCTS Teaching Standards look like when applied to online teaching. They will obtain ideas for how to plan, transform, and strengthen virtual lessons; and awareness of how they improve student engagement and increase student growth in a virtual learning environment. There will also be different options for teachers and principals to receive more tailored support based on their role.

More information about the Virtual Training Series:

Download the NIET South Carolina Virtual Training Series Flyer.

Email additional questions to niettraining@niet.org

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I really need to get into a session. What do I do?

Given the high demand for these sessions, which had initially filled up at the start of the semester, NIET is allowing a limited number of additional educators into future sessions starting in late September. Any educator who is not able to be added immediately will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted about upcoming sessions in the event of an opening. Sign up for future openings. Email additional questions to niettraining@niet.org

2. Do I have to take sessions in order?

No, although we recommend starting with planning and going in order if possible.

3. Is there a certain time frame in which I need to complete sessions?

We recommend starting with Planning for Virtual and scheduling the other two sessions in order: Virtual Instruction and then The Virtual Environment. However, this is not required if scheduling does not allow for doing so. We also recommend completing all three sessions within a week of each other, but at most within a month after starting the first one.

4. What if I want to change my registration?

If you signed up for a session and can no longer join, please first use the option in the email confirmation you received to change your response. If you do not have the email, please email niettraining@niet.org with your name, school information, district information, and the new session(s) you wish to register for. As much as possible, we ask educators to please join the sessions they originally committed to.

5. What if I missed my session?

If you missed your session, please first use the option in the email confirmation you received to update your sessions and re-register. If you do not have the email, please email niettraining@niet.org with your name, school information, district information, and the new session(s) you wish to register for.

6. Can I watch a recording later?

No, sessions are taught live.

7. Can I retake a session?

For now, seats are prioritized for those taking a session the first time. If there is an opportunity later in the year to offer the chance to retake, we will let you know.

8. When are future sessions?

NIET is allowing a limited number of additional educators into future sessions starting in late September. Sign up for future openings. We encourage educators to plan to take all three sessions as close together as possible. For further questions, email niettraining@niet.org.  

9. When will I get the login info?

We will send info to access the session and any handouts or other resources about 2-3 days ahead of the session.

10. I saw a session but now I can't register for it. Why?

Sessions are closed to new registrants 3 days prior to delivery and/or when they reach 75 participants. NIET is allowing a limited number of additional educators into future sessions starting in late September. Sign up for future openings and email niettraining@niet.org with additional questions.

11. When will I get my certificate?

We will send certificates within one week after you have completed your third session.

12. I am an instructional coach. Which session should I join?

We would recommend you join the sessions for principals, but you can join the teacher sessions if those work better with your schedule.

13. Can higher education faculty, site coordinators, or aspiring teachers join these sessions?

Yes, these educators can join the teacher training sessions. They should note their university affiliation within the "other district" category on the registration form.

14. How many professional development/license credit hours can I get for this training series?

The South Carolina Department of Education is still determining this answer, but we anticipate it will be approved for 4.5 hours. 

Agenda and Session Information

The following three 90-minute sessions will be offered multiple times throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

Given the high demand for these sessions, which had initially filled up at the start of the semester, NIET is allowing a limited number of additional educators into future sessions starting in late September. Any educator who is not able to be added immediately will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted about upcoming sessions in the event of an opening.

Click here to sign up for future openings.

Principals and school leaders can both sign up for themselves as well as add up to 2 other leaders and 5 classroom teachers from their school. Educators from the same school will be enrolled in the same sessions on a first-come, first-serve basis. Individual teachers are also invited to sign up, but we cannot promise they will be paired with others from their school. Educators will receive an email from niettraining@niet.org with their session options as those are available.

For additional information or assistance, visit niet.org or email niettraining@niet.org.

Registration dates will close 3 days out from the session, at which point registrants will receive an email with session login information and links to any additional resources needed for the session. Receiving a certificate could take up to a week after completion of the third session. Email additional questions to niettraining@niet.org

Session 1: Planning for Virtual

  • Examine key differences between planning for traditional face-to-face and virtual learning

  • Analyze mindsets that impact planning for virtual learning

  • Be able to utilize planning resources and the rubric companion tool for virtual instruction to develop high-quality online lessons

Session 2: Virtual Instruction

  • Develop an understanding of what the SCTS Teaching Standards look and sound like in virtual teaching

  • Examine how teachers in a virtual setting impact student achievement

  • Be able to plan for effective virtual instruction

Session 3: The Virtual Environment

  • Analyze how to transition to teaching and learning in the virtual environment

  • Understand how to shift an exemplar learning environment to a virtual classroom

  • Be able to create and facilitate an effective virtual learning environment