Knowledge Delivery Systems and Michigan Virtual University Team Up to Provide State-of-the-Art Courses to Michigan Educators

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Web-based portal will feature 60 courses from KDS catalog to inspire professional development in Michigan

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“Our latest course offerings will continue to empower teachers statewide to successfully meet every student’s diverse learning needs so that they can reach their full potential,” said Alvin Crawford, CEO of KDS.

Knowledge Delivery Systems (KDS), a leading provider of strategic and blended professional learning solutions for states and school districts, has announced today that it is partnering with Michigan Virtual University® (MVU®), parent company of one of the country’s largest virtual schools serving Michigan’s K-12 education community, to re-launch courses from the KDS catalog in Michigan LearnPort’s® online learning management system.

Michigan LearnPort will be offering 60 courses (and counting) from the KDS catalog to educators across Michigan that will cover courses on preparing students for college and career, addressing the needs of diverse learners, meeting the needs of new teachers and school leadership, blended learning and data-driven decision-making. 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 (IEG); and “Courageous Conversations about Race”, presented by Glenn Singleton.

The Michigan Department of Education will be approving the courses for State Continuing Education Clock Hours which count toward Michigan’s 150 SCECH requirement to renew or advance professional education certificates. The courses will be administered by Michigan LearnPort, and will vary from $199-279 per course.

Michigan LearnPort is the online learning solution for educators to access high-quality courses and resources which has a user base of more than 81,000 accounts. The web portal has been updated and now includes interfaces with enhanced features in addition to upgrades to the Meridian Global platform as well as the Moodle environment (Moodlerooms Joule 2).

“Since we first teamed up with Michigan Virtual University, 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. "Our latest course offerings will continue to empower teachers statewide to successfully meet every student’s diverse learning needs so that they can reach their full potential.”

“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 MVU. “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.”

About Knowledge Delivery Systems
Knowledge Delivery Systems (KDS) 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:

About Michigan Virtual University
Michigan Virtual University (MVU) is a private, not-for-profit Michigan corporation established in 1998 to deliver online education and training opportunities to the citizens of Michigan. It is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual School, Michigan LearnPort and Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute. MVU is governed by a board of directors representing the business and education communities. For more information, visit:

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