e4TN's Annual Conference Casts Vision for Online Education

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Only last year there were but eight grant-funded districts, and we owe this increase primarily to Dr. Webb and the vision of Tennessee educators.

The Effective Engaging E-learning Environment for Tennessee (e4TN), a grant funded e-learning initiative in Tennessee, held its 4th annual Envision 2010 Conference in Nashville, Tennessee last week.

The two-day conference welcomes educators from Tennessee school districts to come together to share new ideas and best practices in the State of Tennessee's e-learning program. By partnering with the state's online learning program and one another, school districts are able to create a sustainable e-learning model.

The theme of this year's conference, "Everyone holds a piece of the puzzle", focused on innovative ideas that can grow online learning programs. Envision 2010 offered educators a venue for professional development, program updates and mindshare. Demonstrations and guided classroom learning sessions focused on online teacher effectiveness, improving student completion rates, and common core standards. e4TN has also developed and is releasing Physics for the first time in Fall 2010 to meet the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) requirements for science and mathematics.

"We've seen exploding growth in funded districts," says Wendy Oliver, Ed.D and e4TN Coordinator. "Only last year there were but eight grant-funded districts, and we owe this increase primarily to Dr. Webb and the vision of Tennessee educators." Dr. Timothy Webb, Tennessee's Commissioner of Education, appropriated federal stimulus funding to aggressively focus on state-wide online learning.

Strategically, e4TN's solutions provides for hybrid learning--a "brick and click" integration of traditional and virtual advanced credit to include advanced placement, credit recovery, supplemental curriculum, and professional development. Additional information on the e4TN initiative can be found at: https://www.e4tn.org/home/.

About e4TN
e4TN is a grant funded initiative in Tennessee that employs graphic artists, programmers, flash game designers, student services experts and subject matter experts. The initiative is an effort to create engaging and effective online courses to students and provide opportunities for teachers and administrators to meet the needs of integrating online opportunities into a modernized education and to prepare students for careers and college where online learning is necessary. For more information about e4TN, visit https://www.e4tn.org/home/.


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