First-of-its-kind program prepares new teachers for 21st-century teaching

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Michigan Virtual kicks off the inaugural iEducator 21st Century Digital Learning Corps this month, training 14 recent education graduates in the art of online teaching. The iEducator Corps employs recent graduates of Michigan’s teacher preparation programs who are ready to jump-start their career with a paid, two-year digital learning assignment.

A core goal of Michigan Virtual is to grow its professional competencies as well as those of Michigan school districts and professional organizations through targeted professional development and impactful research. Through the iEducator Corps, Michigan Virtual provides new teachers with an opportunity to learn from veteran teachers and receive professional development in online and blended learning.

Michigan Virtual believes more can be done to help the K-12 community improve student achievement and teacher understanding regarding the use of online learning. Michigan Virtual’s innovative iEducator program employs new Michigan teachers, addresses growth needs and strengthens their skills to benefit local schools. The iEducator program is designed to be a career and life-changing experience, similar to the Peace Corps, a combination of service, work experience, training and resume building.

“The iEducator program is the first of its kind in the nation,” said Jamey Fitzpatrick, President & CEO of Michigan Virtual. “We have an exciting opportunity to further support and mentor talented individuals who represent the future of Michigan’s teaching profession in public education.”

Michigan Virtual’s 14 inaugural iEducators will benefit from:

  • Extensive professional development in online and blended learning
  • Attendance and presentation opportunities at leading edge state and national conferences
  • Mentoring by an experienced Michigan Virtual educator
  • A track record of 21st-century teaching experience

Most importantly, upon completion of the two-year program, iEducators will become experts in online and blended learning and position themselves for many different career options in public education.

The iEducators from eight Michigan colleges and universities are committed to making a difference in education and transforming their skills as a 21st-century educator. The 2015-17 iEducators are:

  • Deborah Brewbaker – Michigan State University
  • Adam Knapp – Central Michigan University
  • Rachel Bergy – Grand Valley State University
  • Heather Holland – Grand Valley State University
  • Stephanie Pearsall – Saginaw Valley State University
  • Stephen Atwood – Northern Michigan University
  • Lauren Nick – Grand Valley State University
  • Melissa Shepard – Calvin College
  • Ryan Ganzevoort – Grand Valley State University
  • Rebecca Imthurn – Michigan State University
  • Brian Litten – Central Michigan University
  • Brett McCarrey – Central Michigan University
  • Kimberly Garvison – Western Michigan University
  • Amy Smith – Hope College

About Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual is a private, nonprofit Michigan corporation established by the State of Michigan in 1998 to serve as a champion for online learning. It is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual for Students and Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute.

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About Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual™ (formally known as Michigan Virtual University®) provides online courses for Michigan students, professional development for educators and is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute®. As a nonprofit organization with more than 20 years of experience, Michigan Virtual is Michigan’s leading voice in online education. Visit us at michiganvirtual.org.

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Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.