Professional Learning for Educators

Bringing voice and choice to Michigan educators

For Individuals

Give Yourself the Gift of Voice & Choice

Do you crave more voice and choice in your professional learning? We can help. Our course catalog contains over 200 free or affordable online PD courses on critical topics in education. By choosing to take your PD online, you can:

  • Choose topics relevant to the needs of your students
  • Learn at your own pace in time blocks that fit your schedule
  • Gain on-demand, 24/7 access to learning materials
  • Take PD courses from the comfort of home
  • Earn SCECHs and skip the paperwork — We’ve got the processing covered
  • Meet compliance and safety training

If you prefer face-to-face training, no worries. Our team of professional learning coaches regularly travel around the state of Michigan to provide regional training for local educators.

Programs and Services for Individuals

Free SCECH processing

  • If you take a course with us, we will process your SCECHs for you!
  • Wide option of topics available
  • Renew your teaching or counseling certificate

Find the right training for your needs

  • Educators see listing on pages x (link!)
  • Offering training for Mentors, Counselors, Early Childhood Educators, School Leaders, District Leaders, see specialty training on page y (link!)

Office hours / Personalized coaching

  • Want to talk to an expert?
    • Personalize learning for students
    • Successfully teach in online or hybrid classrooms
    • Learn how technology can assist in your goals
  • Get personalized feedback on a range of topics
    • Link to offering

Micro-Credential – Competency-Based Learning

  • Explanation what MCs are: recognition for demonstrating competency, represented by digital badges, show mastery of a skill
  • Should we point out for whom we currently have micro-credentials available?
  • Link to micro-credential page

Path to Leadership – Earn Your PK-12 Administrator Certificate Online

  • The Path to Leadership program is owned and operated by the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) and powered by Michigan Virtual. It is the state’s first and longest running alternative route to earning a PK-12 administrator certificate. This program provides candidates with a PK-12 administrator certificate at an affordable cost and in a manageable time frame through a program developed by principals, for principals
  • Link to MASSP website advertising the program

For School Leaders

Build Customized PD Plans for Your Staff

Every year, you make decisions about what PD options to offer staff across your school or district. Let us make this process easier for you. If you choose to incorporate our online courses into district-wide training for your staff, our team will help you:

  • Choose from over 200 online courses on critical topics in education
  • Offer your busy teachers relevant, on-demand, and self-paced training options that align with your school or district’s improvement plan
  • Design customized PD plans for your staff
  • Provide your entire staff with affordable training such as compliance courses, literacy training, etc.
  • Incorporate face-to-face training, instructional coaching, facilitated book studies, online PLC facilitation, and more
  • Skip the paperwork — Give us a roster of your staff, and we’ll do the bulk enrollment for you
  • Access customizable reports with staff activity and completion data to promote transparency and accountability at your school(s)

You can pick just one course or group several together into thematic pathways for your staff. If you need support in designing your PD plans, we’ll work with you during each step of the way!

Programs and Services for School Leaders

  • Supporting Online and Hybrid Teaching Models
    • Whole School options – accompanied by educator training
    • Courses: Transitioning to Remote Teaching, Online National Standards, Online Teacher’s Guide, plus more in the Personalized and Blended area (Teacher Boost!)
    • Office Hours: Chat with experts to solve your specific educational problem, learn how to use technology to achieve your goal
  • Hosting your PD
    • District provides content used for face-to-face training
    • MV supports with instructional design consultant to build online training specific for the district
    • Potential option to make training available to other districts free of charge or for a fee
    • We’ll handle SCECH approval for training if desired
    • We’ll handle catalog listing for training if desired
  • Customized PD
    • Using an existing MV course and/or book study, build a customized learning experience for a district, e.g. add synchronous work sessions (facilitated by our staff or district leaders), intentional group interactions, etc., customization can be added or replace parts of the existing training
  • Group Registration and Enrollments
    • Choose any of the training options mentioned above
    • Provide your roster and we’ll do the rest (registration, enrollment, customer support, SCECH processing)
    • Can be counted as DPPD hours for your district
  • Educator self-assessment (2gno.me)
    • New offering: Have your educators take a self-assessment of their current skill and habits, and receive targeted course recommendations for each staff member
      • Available for the following frameworks: NSQ
      • Potentially also for: Early Literacy?, Danielson?, Marzano?
  • Shared Time Services – Provide your Teachers with Cost-Effective PD
    • We partner with several Michigan Shared Time Service programs – including Brighton, South Redford, and Berkley – to provide shared time teacher with a rich array of professional learning opportunities. If you are in charge of an STS program and are looking for ways to provide your shared time teachers with cost-effective PD options, get in touch to let us know how we can help. 
    • Link to website

Professional Course Catalog

Choose from over 200 online professional learning courses on topics such as:

Remote and Online Teaching

  • Transitioning to Remote Teaching - 6 courses — 2 SCECHs each
  • Online National Standards - 4 courses — 2-4 SCECHs each
  • Online Teacher’s Guide - 5-6 courses — 2 SCECHs each

Blended and Student-Centered learning

  • Blended Classroom Design — 4 SCECHs
  • Assessment in the Blended Classroom — 4 SCECHs
  • Digital Content in the Blended Classroom — 4 SCECHs
  • Podcast PD: Screencasting and the Future of Education — 4 SCECHs
  • Instructional Practices with Technology 101
  • And more!

Social Emotional Learning

  • Introduction to SEL — 6 SCECHs
  • Embedding SEL Schoolwide — 6 SCECHs
  • Creating a Professional Culture Based on SEL — 6 SCECHs
  • Integrating SEL into Culturally Responsive Classrooms — 6 SCECHs
  • Trauma Informed Support — 8 SCECHs

Assessment and Data Analysis

  • MAC: Developing a Balanced Assessment System — 3 SCECHs
  • MAC: Developing Appropriate Assessments — 4 SCECHs
  • MAC: Selecting Appropriate Assessments — 3 SCECHs
  • And more!

Classroom and Behavior Management

  • Empowering Students with Disabilities — 24 SCECHs
  • Solving Classroom Discipline Problems — 24 SCECHs
  • Teaching Students with ADHD — 24 SCECHs
  • And more!

Educator Evaluation in Michigan

  • Unpacking the Framework — 2 SCECHs
  • Measurement of Student Growth — 3 SCECHs
  • Self-Assessment and Goal Setting — 2 SCECHs
  • Evidence of Reflective Practice — 2 SCECHs
  • And more!

Literacy Essentials

  • Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy: Pre-K - 10 modules — 3-4 SCECHs each
  • Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy: K-3 - 10 modules — 3-6 SCECHs each
  • Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy: School-wide and Center-wide Practices — 4 SCECHs
  • And more!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Changing Minds to Address Poverty in the Classroom — 11 SCECHs
  • And more!

Compliance

  • Seclusion & Restraint
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • MDE Assessment Security
  • FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • DLN: Project Gameplan - Keeping Compliant Scenarios
  • And more!

Personal Development

  • MyPD — 6 or 10 SCECHs
  • Building Teams that Work — 24 SCECHs
  • Individual Excellence — 24 SCECHs
  • Get Assertive! — 24 SCECHs
  • And more!

Pedagocial Practices

  • Whole Child & Continuus Improvement: A Deeper Understanding — 5 SCECHs
  • The Creative Classroom — 24 SCECHs
  • Student Agency — 5 SCECHs
  • Differentiated Instruction: Maximizing Learning for All — 4 SCECHs
  • Creating Classroom Centers — 24 SCECHs
  • And more!

Subject-Specific Courses

  • #GoOpen: Open Educational Resources in Michigan — 4 SCECHs
  • Intro to Computer Science Standards for K-5 Educators — 3 SCECHs
  • Introduction to Phenomenal Science - 7 modules — 5-9 SCECHs each
  • Guided Reading: Strategies for the Differentiated Classroom — 24 SCECHs
  • Music Made Easy — 24 SCECHs

For Early Childhood Educators

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For Online Mentors

  • Online Mentor Training — 12 SCECHs
  • Online Mentor Community

For Paraprofessionals

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For Counselors

  • College Counseling - 5 courses - 3-4 SCECHs for College Preparation and Selection each
  • Counseling in the College Selection Process - 4 courses - x-y SCECHs
  • Career Counseling - 5 courses - 3-4 SCECHs for Career Exploration
  • Understanding the Modern Military - 5 SCECHs for Military Options

For School Leaders

  • MASA: Communnications
  • MASA: District Leadership Team
  • MASA: HR Best Practices for Leadership: District Framework
  • And more!

For District Leaders

  • MEMSPA: Leadership & Literacy
  • MEMSPA: Leading Student Engagement
  • MEMSPA: Embedding SEL Schoolwide
  • MEMSPA: Braiding MTSS & SEL
  • MEMSPA: SEL & Whole Child
  • And more!

Ready to boost the success rates of your online students?

Get started building a highly effective mentoring program at your school with our webinar Boost the Success Rate of Your Online Learners

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.