• New Dell Teaching and Learning Academy provides Professional Learning certification to support educators in improving the quality of technology integration and expanding learning opportunities
  • Dell’s Professional Learning Services Virtual Courses cover basic device use, next-generation assessments, game-based learning and personalized and blended curriculum development
  • School districts nationwide rely on Dell’s Professional Learning Services to help accelerate their transition to digital content and solve their technology integration challenges

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Preparing students for success in college, careers and the digital economy requires teachers to effectively align technology, digital content and instruction to deliver personalized learning. With new technology solutions and digital content being introduced at an increasingly rapid pace, districts need to invest in a sustainable and comprehensive approach to professional learning to provide teachers with the tools and skills they need to enable student success.

At the International Society for Technology in Education 2015 Conference and Expo (ISTE 2015), Dell announced the new Dell Teaching and Learning Academy for educators across the country to ensure classroom technologies live up to their promise of fostering collaborative and creative learning environments for all students. Dell also announced the availability of its catalog of virtual professional learning courses, which cover topics such as basic introduction to Windows or Chrome operating systems, next-generation assessments, game-based learning as well as personalized and blended curriculum development. Join Dell for a series of collaborative conversations on technology in the classroom at ISTE 2015 in the Dell Learning and Innovation Lounge; see the schedule here.

Dell supports districts in their transition to digital content, offering a comprehensive array of end-to-end technologies, integration solutions and services for K-12 schools across the country. This includes a leading portfolio of devices purpose-built for the classroom, such as the new Latitude 11 Touch, the Dell Chromebook 11, the Google-Certified Venue 10 and Venue 10 Pro. Dell was recognized as the Google Education Partner of the Year for an unwavering focus on education customers and strong collaboration with Google to enable schools to deploy, manage and support the Dell Chromebook and Venue 10 successfully.

“Delivering technology-driven instruction in the classroom is about much more than just the devices or tools districts purchase,” said Jon Phillips, managing director of Worldwide Education Strategy at Dell. “Educators need support and ongoing learning opportunities so they can serve as guides, mentors and facilitators of student-led and technology-enhanced learning. Dell works with hundreds of districts across the country to create sustainable Professional Learning plans so that educators can support their students’ personalized learning paths.”

Dell’s professional learning services employ an outcome-based model built on a combination of research and direct classroom experience. Starting with a comprehensive needs assessment and establishing an effective vision for learning, Dell creates customized professional learning programs for schools and districts based on their existing skills, technology usage, priority subject areas and grade levels. Professional learning plans then combine professional development, one-on-one instruction, coaching and modeling, and sharing sessions that help teachers, campus and district administrators confidently integrate technology into teaching and learning.

Dell Professional Learning Certification

Through a hybrid offering of onsite and virtual facilitator-led sessions, Dell’s Teaching and Learning Academy will deliver professional learning certifications for educators. Through a combination of whole group and job-embedded context training, highly experienced Dell consultants will work with cohorts of educators to integrate best practices in the application of technology to support their instruction, curriculum and assessment. The Professional Learning certification for educators will be device and platform agnostic, meaning districts do not need to be current Dell customers or have Dell technology to benefit.

Certification will be granted following the completion of professional learning courses and demonstrated mastery of concrete skills to support transformative learning models. It will be dependent on a district’s goals, rather than achieved via an exam. Participants will be connected with other certified educators through online communities, social networks, conferences, and other professional learning opportunities. The certification will help districts implement effective instructional strategies that help teachers continue learning new technologies with ongoing support and mentoring.

School Districts Choose Dell

Across the country, districts rely on Dell to deliver effective Professional Learning Services that enable their teachers to succeed:

  • Crowley Independent School District is replacing iPads with Dell Latitude 11 laptops this summer for their 7th grade – 12th grade students. In advance of their implementation, the district approached Dell about the topic of creating a certification for teachers who have gone through a series of Professional Learning courses. After integrating the district’s feedback and consulting with our Professional Learning customers across the country, Dell developed the Teaching and Learning Academy to provide a formal certification for educators nationwide.

“It’s not enough to simply give the students the technology that we know they will need to be successful in college and career. Teachers have to know how to teach in an environment that is technology rich in order to facilitate appropriate use. This partnership will give them the opportunity to gain a credential that shows they are ready to hone their craft for the future.”

- Jerry Allen, Director of Technology, Crowley Independent School District

  • Henrico County Public Schools: Since 2006, Dell and Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) have worked to enhance professional learning for Henrico educators and staff. From the co-development of Henrico’s Teacher Innovation Progress (TIP) chart to the scaled implementation of Reflective Friends in 2010–14, HCPS educators and Dell have worked together to reinforce powerful learning outcomes for students and educators alike. The TIP chart helps provide teachers with a structure for self-reflection and growth. It is designed to encourage conversation around 21st Century learning and assess progress to meet the goal of full integration of a 21st Century classroom. You can learn more about HCPS’ approach to professional development for faculty and staff at their website, http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/21/

“Henrico County Public Schools has been proud to partner with Dell Professional Learning Services for the last 10 years. Dell has provided outstanding teaching and learning consultants who have helped Henrico shape the vision for our one-to-one laptop initiative and build a culture of 21st century, student-centered learning around that vision. Together we developed a rubric for 21st century instruction that is used county-wide for instructional decisions and has been used as a model for school systems across the country. We rely on Dell’s educational consultants to help develop sustainable approaches to professional learning that build capacity in our people to support learning gains. We look forward and value our continued partnership with Dell Professional Learning Services.”

- Debra Adams Roethke, Assistant Director Instructional Technology, Henrico County Public Schools

  • Michigan Statewide Initiative: Through the Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG), associated consortiums, and the State's deep commitment to deliver cutting-edge technology to students, Dell has worked closely to deliver advanced professional learning support to educators. Since April of 2014, a 16-member group of Dell consultants have delivered a wide range of site-based and virtual training and professional development courses to educators in over 25 districts. Ranging from basic device use to advanced application of next generation assessment, as well as personalized and blended curriculum development, these courses have earned superior reviews by attendees for the richness of resources and practical application to student learning.

“Michigan is unique both in its size and the number of districts it serves; the virtual offerings through Dell have been able to reach more educators at a lesser cost than traditional in-service professional development courses and that has been critical to our goal of preparing the state for online assessments. Having access to teachers after hours and over the summer while they learn new high-tech skills in a high-tech way has saved on sub costs, lunches, mileage and most importantly, valuable classroom instruction time. What better way to learn how to use technology than to participate in using it?” - Sue Schwartz, Executive Director, Regional Educational Media Center Association of Michigan

  • Roanoke County Public Schools: Since 2002, Roanoke County Public Schools has been an early leader in providing access to devices and digital content in the classroom. Working with Dell over the last 13 years, the district has developed its technology program into a program in which every high school student receives access to Dell Latitude Laptops. Overall management of both student and teacher laptops is eased using Dell KACE endpoint systems management software. In support of the district’s teachers and administrators, Dell consultants have worked on Reflective Friends, which has a focus on professional learning for administrators. Read a case study that discusses the success of Roanoke County Public Schools’ implementation.

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