While Tennessee schools may be closed for weeks due to the novel COVID-19 coronavirus, extra time at home creates an opportunity to build up your Professional Development Points (PDPs) ahead of your licensure renewal deadline (August 31 of your renewal year).
As in-person trainings and seminars have been canceled across the country, TEA has online resources to keep your license and teaching practices up-to-date.
“The TEA online learning portal provides members with convenient trainings they can complete at home on the couch,” said TEA President Beth Brown. “If you haven’t tried it, I encourage you to log in and explore the offerings currently available.”
Recently added courses include effective use of technology, using the science of learning and the brain to optimize teaching instruction, advocating for oneself as a para-educator, and many more.
“The TEA learning portal is free to all members, allowing you to learn at your own pace from the comfort of your home,” said TEA Assistant Executive Director Terrance Gibson. “The portal’s education tracker tool, which records and monitors learning progress, allows members to pick up where they left off, making household distractions a non-issue.”
Since TEA launched online professional development, some of the most popular courses have been on classroom management, collaborating with families, Tennessee teacher code of ethics, and the evaluation process.
“We also offer more than 100 NEA micro-credentials on bullying and sexual harassment prevention, early career educator training, working with English language learners, classroom management, ESSA, and others,” Gibson said.
A micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition grounded in research and best practice that allows teachers to demonstrate mastery in a particular area, such as addressing challenging classroom behaviors and promote student success. Learn more at nea.certificationbank.com.