Waving the magic wand of tech innovation at an Atlanta middle school | Verizon
What Long Middle School teachers in Atlanta, GA are doing now, with Verizon Innovative Learning Schools coach Renee Dawson’s help, is adding tech to their teaching in innovative ways, as well as taking advantage of free learning apps and lesson plans available on Verizon Innovative Learning HQ.
Dawson’s passion for continuous learning motivated her to complete eight micro-credentials in one year, thanks to online offerings through Digital Promise and Verizon Innovative Learning HQ. Micro-credentials are digital certifications that verify an individual’s competence in a specific skill or set of skills. These free professional development courses can then be applied in some states as continuing education credits (CECs) or units (CEUs), which are required to renew teaching licenses. “I find that the best teachers I’ve worked with, the best leaders I’ve worked with, never stopped learning and growing,” she says. “And that is crucial to me as I go through my career—to never stop.”
Dawson then incorporates all that she learns into her work as a coach. From one professional development course on Verizon Innovative Learning HQ, for example, she learned about leading through coaching. “Once I took that microcredential, I was able to infuse that into my professional development for my teachers,” Dawson says.
To access free learning apps, lesson plans and professional development courses aligned to micro-credentials, visit Verizon Innovative Learning HQ at www.verizon.com/learning.
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