Thursday, April 8, 2010

Nominate the First Online K-12 Teacher of Year

Yesterday the International Association for K-12 Online Learning and the Southern Regional Education Board announced that they will co-sponsor the first “Online K-12 Teacher of the Year Award.”

The “award will recognize an outstanding online teacher for exceptional dedication and contributions to online K-12 education,” the announcement said. Teachers in a public school or state virtual school can be nominated by a superintendent, principal, program director/manager, department chair or any other supervisor of the teacher.

"Teachers are the real unsung heroes in online learning,” said Susan Patrick, president, iNACOL. “Online teachers provide the gold standard in enabling 21st century models of student learning. Students spend more time online learning, writing, creating, playing, researching and working -- and teachers are connecting and interacting with students in online courses to provide high-quality instruction, personalized learning and unprecedented access to world-class educational opportunities,"

The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Virtual School Symposium hosted by iNACOL November 14-16 in Glendale, Arizona, recognized at the meeting November 14 and featured on the SREB and iNACOL websites.

Nominations for the award must be submitted to SREB by April 16. For complete see .

iNACOL is a membership association based in Vienna, Virginia, with more than 3,400 members representing a school districts, charter schools, state education agencies, non-profit organizations, colleges, universities and research institutions, corporate entities and other content and technology providers. For more info on the organization see, . To get information on the symposium see, .