At Proximity Learning, not only do we provide intensive training for all of our educators, but we also offer additional bi-weekly professional development (PD) aligned with the NVTA rubric to continue the development and mastery of our teachers. By engaging our teachers in meaningful PD grounded in the NVTA five domains of virtual instruction, we create a population of educators who understand how to create virtual labs and model the lifelong learner philosophy for their students. Additionally, we provide quarterly team PD opportunities to continue to strengthen the quality of our teachers according to the standards set forth by NVTA and observational data.
Not only are our teachers state-certified, but we have an increasing number of those with the National Virtual Teacher Certification. This certification is indicative of a teacher who has completed a university-accredited course, demonstrating excellence in the virtual education setting as evidenced by a comprehensive portfolio. Through a combination of readings, discussion boards, essays, videos, and project-based activities, teachers complete every lesson at the rigor of graduate coursework, then evaluated by a panel of experts. We trust the NVTA's process to create world-class virtual educators through their certification course.
Teachers with a certification from NVTA have earned a great accomplishment that sets them apart from any other teacher in the virtual classroom. The NVTA certification is approved in states across the country for 50 Continuing Education/Professional Development credits - Adams State University has also approved the course for three graduate credits. Teachers have up to nine months to complete the practical course before immediately applying what they learn to the virtual classroom.