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January 22, 2022

Standards In Practice: NSQ Online Programs

An item from this “national standards” initiative.

Standard Highlight:  Online Programs

Standard L: Faculty and Staff Support
L1:   The program provides and encourages participation in induction and mentoring programs.
L2:  Teachers are provided regular feedback regarding their performance and student achievement/progress.
L3:  The program provides a wide variety of professional development opportunities to faculty and staff, which are aligned to the National Standards for Quality Online Teaching.
L4:  The program provides professional development opportunities to guide staff focused on student needs unique to online learning and the network of services available to support online learning.

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Short description:   Teacher evaluation and professional development, when done effectively, should support each other. The evaluation process identifies areas in which the teacher can grow, and professional development provides an opportunity for the teacher to grow. The evaluation process then gives the teacher additional feedback to guide their growth and their continued growth in the profession. Using both together well can help you avoid your next performance review from becoming an Awkward Performance Review.

In This Issue: Access the Idaho Digital Learning Alliance (IDLA) resource to learn more about how IDLA structures professional development to help provide both required and individualized professional development opportunities to teachers.

Helpful Hints for putting standard into practice

  • Align teams. If Supervision and Professional Development responsibilities lie with different team members, connect teams and team members as much as possible. The evaluation and professional development cycle is ongoing and regular. Consistent communication will ensure each team is informing the other so they can support the needs of their teachers.

  • Create the cycle. Empower principals to use individual professional learning plans within the annual teacher evaluation cycle. Consider building a calendar for regular check-ins between principal and teacher for conversations reviewing progress toward the teacher’s annual growth goal.

  • Resources! Utilize veteran teachers and principals in a coaching role, if possible. Provide both teachers and principals with the resources (people, information, and learning opportunities) they need in order to meet their specific goals.

  • Create a culture of growth. Teachers working in an environment where evaluation is a hammer will not feel safe working with their principal to identify areas of growth. Teacher and principal conversations need to be a safe space where teachers can be open about their needs without fear of being penalized on their next evaluation.
  • Align to standards. Align both teacher evaluation instruments and organization PD opportunities to the NSQ Standards. Conduct annual review of evaluation to determine possible gaps within professional development in the organization. The alignment to standards ensures the conversation, both with evaluation and PD, is in the same language.
  • Choice. Provide teachers an opportunity to target specific professional growth needs as part of their annual professional development.

Resources to support standard use

Author/Organization Bio 

Jeff Simmons is the Director of Supervision and Instruction for the Idaho Digital Learning Alliance (IDLA). Jeff holds an MA in Education Leadership from the University of Idaho, and a BA in Social Studies and English Education from Northwest Nazarene University. Jeff has worked in public education since 2001 and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Idaho.

Erin McCracken serves as the Professional Development Lead at Idaho Digital Learning Alliance (IDLA). She has a MA in Adult Education and Training from the University of Phoenix and a BA in Communication from Boise State University.

Check out the NSQ Professional Learning Portal and NSQ Website for more resources at www.NSQOL.org

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A Rare Professional Development Opportunity and More HE News!

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While this newsletter is higher education focused, it may be of some interest to some readers.

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Higher Education News

January 2022

Moving Beyond Course Design in 2022
In education, change is upon us, and guidance provided by institutional quality assurance efforts is more important than ever. But, as QM’s Executive Director Dr. Deb Adair explains, that means moving beyond a singular focus on course design. As important as it is, course design is not enough to ensure a quality learning experience for all students. It’s time to look more holistically at the learning experience we create for online students to ensure it is mission-aligned and meets student, course, program, and institutional goals.

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You’re Invited!
QM research online conferenceFebruary 17, 2022
1:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET
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Delve into the latest online learning research at the QM Research Online Conference — February 17 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Join leading experts in the field to find out what the research says about key topics, including:

  • Synchronous Learning
  • Voice & Choice
  • QM Implementation
  • Design Structure
  • And More!

Each session will include a handout to help you engage with and apply the research-based strategies shared by the presenters. Participants will also have access to all of the session recordings for 30 days.

Registration is only $25 per person — register today.

Making Visuals Accessible
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Did you know that 90% of the information transmitted to the brain is visual? That’s why visuals are important in your courses: to help students make sense of content and to reinforce what they are learning. But make sure the visuals you use are accessible for all of your students by adding alternative text that is concise but descriptive. Visit the community-sourced “Visuals for Course Design” web page for more accessibility guidelines.

A Rare Professional Development Opportunity
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Mark your calendars now for this spring’s QM Live! public sessions. In April, we will be offering five workshops from our QM Live! series for all who are interested. Typically, these workshops are available only as dedicated sessions for groups of 10 or more. Topics include:

Select the “QM Live!” tab on the schedule page to view all available workshops and register! Each workshop is only $75 for members.

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Please join us in congratulating the following Higher Education, Publisher and Continuing & Professional Education members for having one or more courses QM Certified recently:

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Put your thinking cap on! It’s time to decide what innovative idea, unique experience or insightful research you will share at the 2022 QM Connect Conference! The call for proposals opens February 7!

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January 15, 2022

Learn more about the NSQOL at DLAC 2022 in February!

An item from the national standards folks and the up-coming digital learning conference.

NSQ is making a splash at #DLAC22!
Feb 1 (online) Feb 7-9 (online and onsite in Atlanta)

Dear Michael

Join us to learn more about the standards in one of these exciting sessions being held in Atlanta, or join us online to learn more about how digital learning can serve your school or district. Sessions at DLAC in Atlanta include:

NSQ in View: Making the National Standards for Quality Online Learning Work for You

Following a year where districts were launched into remote learning or moved to online courses, the online learning community understands the importance of ensuring quality opportunities exist for all. We’ll discuss challenges to the standards implementation, and share use cases from the field. Leave with an action plan for applying the revised standards to your online courses, teaching, and programs!

Presented sessions:

The National Standards for Quality Online Programs
The National Standards for Quality Online Teaching 

Check out the research supported standards and indicators, and learn about the process used to revise the most recent edition. Join us to discuss and learn more about how these openly licensed standards can be utilized to help evaluate and improve online programs.

Community conversations:

The National Standards for Quality Online Courses
The National Standards for Quality Online Programs
The National Standards for Quality Online Teaching

These three separate sessions will dig deeper into quality for online courses, programs, and teaching in a conversation format, with participants discussing their implementations.

Presenters for the above sessions include: 

Cynthia Hamblin – Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance
Christine Voelker – Quality Matters
Allison Powell – Digital Learning Collaborative

Can’t join us in person in Atlanta? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  DLAC Online is offering three online tracks for teachers, blended teachers, and programs.

One, Two, Three…Go NSQOL!

Do you want the quick version of what are the National Standards for Quality Online Learning? Attend this talk and find out the “411” on the three sets of national standards for quality online teaching, programs, and courses. Leave with starter ideas on how to apply the NSQOL to your local online opportunities for students.

Putting the National Standards for Quality Online Learning to Practical Use

You’re familiar with the National Standards for Quality Online Learning (NSQOL) and now you want to know what are practical applications of the standards for your school or organization. Let’s have a table talk about ideas currently in practice. Be ready to bring your questions of “how do we?”  Share your examples of the standards in practice. What’s working? What challenges remain?

Check out the full program at: https://www.deelac.com/2022-program

Do you still need to Register? The price of registration goes up at the EOD today: January 14, 2022, but we are extending the lower price for those who have expressed interest in the Quality Standards. Email us at DLAC@evergreenedgroup.com

 

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December 27, 2021

2021’s Most Popular Resources

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 4:35 pm
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An item from QM that came just before the holiday greetings began.

Tips & Tools for You to Use and Share

Throughout the year, we — along with members of our amazing community — share resources to help all of us deliver on our online promise. Here are some of the most popular items from 2021:
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Videos

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Articles

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Timely Tips

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And More!

Tap into even more resources by becoming a QM member! Membership provides access to

the fully annotated Rubric, custom review tools, member-only webinars, including the January QMSS — Prioritizing SEL in an Online Environment, discounts on professional development, and more!

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December 24, 2021

From us to you: Thank you!

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More seasons greetings.

Despite ongoing challenges, you have not wavered from your commitment to delivering on your online promise. In 2021, you engaged, shared, connected, and more — all to provide your students with the online experiences they need to succeed. Today — and always— we celebrate you and all that you do! Thank you.

Best wishes to you and yours from everyone at Quality Matters!

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