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Michigan Virtual adds state-of-the-art professional development courses to aid teachers

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Michigan Virtual is partnering with Knowledge Delivery Systems, a leading provider of strategic and blended professional learning solutions for states and school districts, to re-launch KDS courses in its Michigan LearnPort online learning management system.

Michigan Virtual will be offering 60 courses (and counting) in Michigan LearnPort from the KDS catalog to educators across Michigan that will cover everything from instruction to meeting standards to equitable education practices. New courses include “The Flipped Classroom: Personalizing Learning for Students Every Day”, created in partnership with FlippedClass.Com; “Shifting Instruction with the Five Core Practices,” created in partnership with Insight Education Group; and “Courageous Conversations about Race,” presented by Glen Singleton.

Educators who successfully complete Michigan LearnPort courses are eligible to apply for State Continuing Education Clock Hours, which count toward Michigan’s 150 SCECH requirement to renew or advance professional education certificates. The cost for the courses varies from $199-$279.

“We are thrilled to join KDS once again to strengthen teaching and learning for K-12 education in Michigan,” said Jamey Fitzpatrick, President & CEO of Michigan Virtual. “As standards continue to evolve, it is crucial that we also equip educators with the tools and resources they need so that they can make a real difference in the classroom.”

Michigan LearnPort is the online learning solution for educators to access high-quality courses and resources which have a user base of more than 91,000 accounts. The web portal has been updated and now includes interfaces with enhanced features in addition to upgrades to the Meridian Knowledge Solutions platform as well as the Moodle environment (Moodlerooms Joule 2).

“Since we first teamed up with Michigan Virtual in 2011, they have been one of our trusted partners in professional development and committed to offering innovative courses that address achievement gaps in schools across Michigan,” said Alvin Crawford, CEO of KDS. “The KDS course catalog and introduction of our new courses will continue to empower teachers statewide to successfully meet every student’s diverse learning needs so that they can reach their full potential.”

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. (Note: Michigan LearnPort was replaced by the Professional Learning Portal which is available at plp.mivu.org.

About Knowledge Delivery Systems

Knowledge Delivery Systems is the leading provider of research-based, blended-model strategic professional development solutions for districts, schools and teachers. KDS was founded nearly 15 years ago to help school districts and states transform professional development to dramatically improve teacher effectiveness and raise student achievement. KDS builds district-wide system solutions and high-quality online courses that are developed with the nation’s leading education experts and researchers to address educators’ most important challenges in the classroom. Today these courses are delivered through KDS’ Professional Learning Platform (PLP), which leverages the best of learning communities to make educator learning engaging, convenient and social. For more information, visit http://www.kdsi.org.

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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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