PBS TeacherLine has released a new version of PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection that is designed to enhance the user experience for instructional coaches and teachers. The upgrade improves the way content is viewed, according to the announcement, and offers more professional development modules that address coaching strategies and effectiveness. PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection is an expansive online suite of media-rich resources, instructional strategies, and tools that support educators with coaching responsibilities. The latest version is the result of more than a year spent conducting in-depth research and soliciting feedback from coaches.
Increasingly, districts are adopting instructional coaching programs, but methods and needs vary across the country. Through PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection, coaches can augment their current professional development programs to create a customized, practical learning experience for teachers whether they support teachers face-to-face, online, or with a blended approach. Featuring thousands of research-based, standards-aligned content in K-12 math, reading, and instructional technology, PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection enables school-based professional developers to deliver on specific district initiatives and student performance goals, the announcement states. In addition, PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection offers online communication and collaboration tools to share and discuss resources with one or more teachers. Multimedia resources, such as videos on best practices and research-based articles, are accessible in one searchable location along with a system to rate, tag, and comment on all resources within the library.
To provide effective teacher professional development, coaches need to understand the interventions they are sharing and how to productively employ the coaching process. In response to coaches' requests for more content designed to help them be more effective, PBS TeacherLine created eight professional development modules specifically for coaches and mentors, with 40 more in development. These modules address topics such as facilitating data-driven instruction, differentiating instruction, establishing trust and improving communication, facilitating discussion about technology and change, and the roles of an instructional coach. The self-paced, flexible design of PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection's professional development modules allow coaches and mentors to identify and select specific skills they want to develop and work at their own pace.
Other enhancements to PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection include a new feature that allows users to attach documents to announcements and online discussion forums, visual changes to improve the way users view and access content, and easier navigation through content and modules.
Full subscription service is available to schools, districts and coaching consultants. For more information or to preview PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection, visit www.pbs.org/teacherline/peerconnection.
Source: PBS TeacherLine, www.pbs.org/teacherline