Preparing Teacher Candidates for Online and Hybrid Instruction


This series, developed in collaboration with CEEDAR and CIDDL, will help build the capacity of higher education faculty and stakeholders to support the critical development of K-12 educators to plan, design, and deliver effective instruction within the range of online and hybrid learning environments. Hear and learn from experts who have succeeded in the development and implementation of innovative teacher preparation experiences to foster online and hybrid K-12 classroom instruction.

Facilitators: Dr. Sean J. Smith, PhD, CIDDL Center | Dr. Maya Israel, PhD, University of Florida | Rachel Silva, CEEDAR Center | Keane Alavi, CEEDAR Center

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This module provides an introduction to CIDDL. Additionally, educators from Lawrence Virtual School share how their experiences differ from a traditional face to face teaching environment.

Guest Speakers:

Marcia Riggins (3rd Grade Educator)

Lauren Elkin (HS Math & Physics)

Evolving Roles and Experiences in Virtual Classroom/Implications for Teacher Preparation

This module explores standards for online learning, including (NSQ) National Standards for Quality and Online Teaching. Colleagues at Mary Washington University share their research regarding online learning and practices in Special Education during COVID-19 and share implications for teacher preparation.  

Guest Speakers from the University of Mary Washington:

Kevin Good, Ph.D. 

Melissa Jenkins, Ph.D.

Jennifer Walker, Ph.D.

Teaching Methods and Curriculum Part 1

This module presents instructional strategies, methods, and assessment tools that can be used to prepare future educators for K-12 online/ blended classroom. The resource guide includes tools that can be used to engage learners.

Teaching Methods and Curriculum Part 2

This module continues to explore instructional strategies, methods, and online tools that can be used to prepare future educators for K-12 online/ blended classroom. Dr. Ashley MacSuga Gage from University of Florida shares considerations when preparing teachers for online/​blended learning, including how to utilize components of PBIS in the virtual classroom.

Practica and Field Experiences

In this module, we explore the complexities of online practicum experiences. We hear from Barbara Serianni from Georgia Southern  University and Carolyn Rethwisch from Savannah Chatham eLearning Academy about the realities of supporting teacher candidates in online clinical experiences. Marti Elford from Kansas State University shares about the use of video recording to provide coaching and feedback to teacher candidates.

Guest Speakers:

Barbara Serianni (Georgia Southern University)

Carolyn Rethwisch (Savannah Chatham eLearning Academy)

Marti Elford (University of Kansas)

Collaboration with Families

In this module, we explore the role of families in online and hybrid education environments and the importance of collaboration between educators and families. Resources that can be used to support communication between families and schools including virtual IEP meetings, parent resources, and educator podcasts are shared. We also hear from a current parent, Jill Reffett about her experiences with online and hybrid learning and her perspective of how educators can collaborate with families in these settings.

Guest Speaker:

Jill Reffett (parent perspective)