Virtual School Meanderings

July 19, 2013

EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO) Update: July 2013

From Wednesday’s inbox…

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ETLO is taking ongoing registrations for Online Facilitator, Online Course Developer, Blended Course Developer and Advanced Online Facilitator Training courses. Contact Joyce Balich at for registration details.




Here’s what we’re hearing from educators who have recently completed our new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) course on Implementing the English Language Arts-Literacy Standards:


“Collaboration is the key.  I am looking forward to sharing the knowledge and resources gained from this course with the other ESOL teachers.  Implementing these shifts and changes with our beginning ESOL students will give them the foundation and skills necessary to be successful… I envision the development of vocabulary lists, addition of more informational texts, and specific, tiered strategies to help our teachers prepare their students to reach their educational and career goals.”

– Jane Cappiello (MA)


Thanks to this course, we have a clearer picture of where we need to go, the challenges we face, and the changes that need to take place. I foresee the process of change to be somewhat overwhelming, but very doable if done gradually. I think there are a few areas that will be relatively easy to incorporate into our present structure… engaging students in reading high quality texts closely and critically, involving students in citing evidence from the text, and providing opportunities for students to write in response to reading across the curriculum.

– Kathleen Quinn (MA)




Many people who attended the Online Learning Institute Tweeted throughout the day. Here are some Tweets about #oli13:





Greetings From the ETLO Forum!


Hi everyone,
Happy summer! It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Online Learning Institute on June 26 at the ISTE Conference. We were energized by the terrific discussions about online and blended learning that took place throughout the day. We learned so much from all of you and hope to see you at next year’s Online Learning Institute during the ISTE 2014 Conference in Atlanta as we celebrate the 10th Annual Online Learning Institute!
There’s lots of news and information to share with you from the ETLO community and beyond!
First, we’d like to extend our welcome and congratulations to the online specialists who recently completed ETLO Online Facilitator, Blended Instructor, Online Course Design or Blended Course Design online courses from the following organizations including many Intel Teach Associates partner organizations: Alabama State University, Arlington Public Schools (VA), Arizona Department of Education, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), Brenau University (GA), California State University Fullerton, Dutchess BOCES (NY), eNET Colorado, Crown Point Community Schools (IN), Delaware Department of Education, eMINTS, Georgetown ISD (TX), Illinois Virtual School, Innovative Educator Consulting (WI), Kansas Department of Education, Nebraska Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council, New Hampshire Department of Education, New York City Department of Education, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, North East Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC), Pamoja Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Primary Source, Sacramento City Unified School District (CA), South Carolina Department of Education, The Education Collaborative (TEC), Tri-Creek School Corporation (IN), Touro University (CA), University of North Dakota, University of Texas at Austin, Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative, and Virginia Department of Education.
Welcome to the ETLO community! We look forward to learning with you!
As a reminder, all participants who complete ETLO training are enrolled in the ETLO Forum for ongoing support, discussion and sharing of resources while implementing their local programs.
We are now planning for late summer and fall cohorts of Online Facilitator, Blended Instructor, Online Course Design and Blended Course Design courses. Please contact Joyce Balich at if you are interested in enrolling a team or if there are online professional development courses such as our new series of Common Core courses that you want to license for local delivery.


Happy summer and see you online,



Barbara Treacy

Director, EdTech Leaders Online


Excellent Day of Learning at Online Learning Institute in San Antonio


The 9th Annual Online Learning Institute jointly sponsored by ETLO, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and Southern Region Education Board (SREB) was a huge success! Thank you to all of the members of the ETLO community who helped to make it such a great day of learning.


The day included a thought-provoking keynote presentation by Dr. David Rose from CAST, interesting roundtable discussions, informative remarks by Renee Citlau, Julie Evans, Kate Loughrey, Winnie Bracco and our own Barbara Treacy, and great conversations during networking time with educators from around the country interested in online and blended learning.


If you attended the Online Learning Institute, but have not yet completed the feedback survey, please help us improve for next year by completing this brief survey.


The notes, recordings and other resources will be posted on the Online Learning Institute website for your ongoing reference and sharing.


We look forward to the 10th Annual Online Learning Institute during ISTE 2013 in Atlanta. If you are interested in serving on the Online Learning Institute 2014 Planning Committee, please contact Leinda Peterman at


New Partnership with Endicott College for Graduate Credit


We are pleased to announce our new graduate credit partnership with Endicott College’s Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies for eligible ETLO courses. The Five ETLO courses listed below are eligible for three graduate credits, which can be obtained after successful completion of the course with an additional fee and course requirements:

For further information, please contact


Upcoming Conferences


We hope you can join us at one of our upcoming conference presentations:


TxVSN Virtual Conference

July 31August 2, Free Online Conference, registration available at:


Wireless EdTech Conference
October 79, Chicago

  • Breakout panel discussion about leadership development for mobile learning with Barbara Treacy and panel of administrators: Tuesday, October 8, 2:45 PM


Virtual School Symposium
October 2730, Orlando, FL

  • Professional Development and Preparation for Online and Blended Instructors three hour pre-conference workshop with ETLO’s Barbara Treacy, Kerry Rice, Boise State University, and Verena Roberts, Open Classroom at Alberta Distance Learning Centre: Sunday, October 27
  • Designing Classrooms for Blended Learning Success conference session with ETLO’s Erin Earnst and a panel of educators implementing blended learning: Monday, October 28, 2013 11:15-12:15
  • Redefining Roles and Opportunities for Online Teachers conference session with ETLO’s Kirsten Peterson and John Willoughby, Pamoja Education: Tuesday, October 29, 4:30-5:30 PM


ETLO Partners with Qualcomm and Boston Public Schools on Innovative Mobile Learning Project


Beginning this summer, ETLO will provide a mobile-optimized, blended course for a cohort of Boston Public School leaders on Leading Schools in a Web 2.0 World, supported by a generous grant from Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach Initiative. The course will enable participants, who will access the course using tablets with broadband connections, to expand their digital, mobile leadership skills and develop an action plan for implementation in their schools.  ETLO facilitators will incorporate specific facilitation strategies that take advantage of mobile access.


TERC Partners with ETLO for Online Professional Development


Building on last year’s successful online course development collaboration to prepare teachers to implement TERC’s Investigations mathematics curriculum, a second course was released this summer titled Computational Fluency and the Common Core.


ETLO and TERC worked collaboratively to create the course based on TERC’s face-to-face professional development materials and aligning them with ETLO’s research-based online learning community model. The new course emphasizes deeper understanding of computation with whole numbers, learning how to support students’ development of computational fluency, and understanding how computational fluency builds across the grades.


Webinar Series and Archives


Thank you to our colleagues who shared their time and expertise in our webinar series this past spring and summer! This ongoing series covers a variety of topics related to online and blended learning.


The archives from our spring and summer webinars, including an excellent panel presentation on Collaboration and Content in Online Course Design by Liz McGonagle and Paula Marini from TEC, Andrea Stavrakas from Wellesley Public Schools (MA), and ETLO’s Kirsten Peterson and an informative webinar by ETLO’s Lesley Reilly and Alex Dreier on Mobile Devices and Online Learning, are available to all in the Webinar section of the ETLO website.


If you would like to propose a topic and/or presenter for our next webinar series that is starting in September, please email Erin Earnst at


ETLO Team Hosts Intel Teach Elements TPACK Alignment Summit


In June, a team from ETLO planned and facilitated a gathering of representatives from six institutes of higher education, leadership from American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), Intel Education, and American Institutes for Research (AIR) to align the Intel Teach Elements Online Professional Development Courses with TPACK. TPACK, which stands for Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge, refers to the knowledge required by teachers for integrating technology into their teaching in any content area. You can read more about ETLO’s partnership with Intel here.


New Feature: ETLO Poll!


In this month’s ETLO POll, we’re interested in hearing where your district, state or organization is at with implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Please visit our ETLO Poll to participate. Be sure to click “See All Results” to see where others are at with professional development for the CCSS.


New Resources Added to the ETLO Forum


The following resources were added to the Online Learning Resource Library in the ETLO Forum:


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Barbara Treacy | EdTech Leaders Online @ EDC, 43 Foundry Avenue | Waltham, MA 02453

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