“In my grade level, I have seen a huge growth, and I can look back on that and say I made a difference in that child’s life. And that’s the biggest reward ever.”
Betsy Long, library media specialist for Doby’s Mill Elementary School in Lugoff, S.C., has taken 10 PBS TeacherLine courses. Long said she believes the content and strategies she’s learned from the courses have helped her incorporate new ideas in her position as a library media specialist. She said she has encouraged her colleagues to take TeacherLine courses as well, and she added that she thinks TeacherLine is one of the main reasons for the positive changes in students’ reading skills.
“I love the flexibility, and the content is wonderful,” said Long. “It’s a great venue for sharing ideas and collaborating with other educators online, particularly since technology is constantly evolving.”
Long has completed courses in reading/language arts, instructional strategies, and instructional technology to work toward a master’s degree in library science.
Currently, more than 90 courses across multiple subject areas are offered on TeacherLine. Teachers can earn continuing education units, professional development points, and graduate credits for course completion.
Another component of TeacherLine is TeacherLine Peer Connection, a place where instructional coaches can find research-based content, video clips, classroom-ready materials, articles, and best practices.
Instructional coaches can personalize information for each teacher, depending on their individual instructional needs.
PD 360, a new on-demand professional learning resource, echoes the ideas of anywhere, anytime professional development and gives teachers, administrators, and other educators access to hundreds of hours of research-based professional development, including more than 1,000 real classroom examples.