Brooke Moore, interim chair in the Department of Advanced Education Programs at Fort Hays State University, and Jerri Haynes, assistant dean for the College of Education, received a grant for $75,000 from Sanford Inspire to create online professional development modules for practicing teachers across the state of Kansas.
From their partnerships with school districts around the state, Haynes and Moore recognized the need for educators to have access to “just-in-time” professional learning.
“‘Just-in-time’ learning is immediate, readily available, self-directed, location-independent and time-independent, meaning participants can work where they want and at their own pace,” said Moore.
“For district leaders, this type of learning helps resolve issues when educators need specific knowledge and skills, and ensures that their educators, para-educators and support staff receive high quality professional development credits for continued licensure,” said Haynes.
During the spring of 2019, Haynes and Moore will develop a series of online, graduate level modules on topics such as: managing behaviors, using assessment to drive instructional practices, problem-based learning trauma sensitive classrooms, and working with culturally diverse learners.
Online modules will be made available to school districts across western Kansas starting in the summer of 2019.