That’s when Buono was approached by one of the guidance counselors and a teacher at her school about SimpleK12, an innovative online Professional Development provider that consists of live instructor-led sessions, on-demand training, and 60-minute workshops. Both were already members of SimpleK12 to complete their PD on their own and suggested Buono look into providing SK12 (SimpleK12) for her entire teaching staff.
Buono was intrigued enough to explore what SK12 had to offer. She too came away convinced that she had found the perfect Professional Development solution for her educators. The ease and convenience of teachers being able to log onto their computers and access training of their choosing and at times convenient for them, convinced Buono she had found a great PD solution for her teachers. As a bonus, her teachers can receive relevant high-quality training created by teachers for teachers to earn certificates for yearly PD requirements.
Buono can track what her teachers are learning without having to oversee the instruction.
“You are getting webinars, about 30 minutes long, so the time chunk is perfect,” she said. “They can handle a 30-minute webinar, take a break, then go and do another 30-minute webinar- as many as they want.”
“You are getting best practices from teachers in your field, using stuff that is relevant and important to what they are doing in their classroom. I believe most of the people giving these webinars are still in the field, so they are doing this on their own, on the side. So, they are not getting it from someone who taught 20 years ago. They are getting it from someone who is still there. I can’t speak enough about it; I am so enthusiastically for that.”
When the teachers complete each training course, they receive a transcript to show that they have completed the course. The PD is necessary for continuing education for Certification Renewal and to advance in their career.