Virtual high schools require that instructors teach in an environment that is different from a traditional "brick and mortar" classroom. As such, some states require that the instructors have appropriate training to teach in this new forum.
Why does it matter? Students benefit when teachers understand how to be successful in this very different environment.
|Must all teachers in the virtual program receive appropriate training for online teaching?|
|Iowa||Yes. Teachers who have never taught "at a distance" must participate in staff development opportunities provided through the state's Area Education Agencies.|
|North Dakota||No information available|
|South Carolina||Yes, all online teachers must receive appropriate pre-service and in-service training pertaining to organization, classroom management, technical aspects, monitoring of student assessment, and other pertinent training from the department of education.|
|Texas||Yes, all teachers must successfully complete a professional development course for online teaching.|
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