Education Experts Set Online Standards with New National Virtual Teacher Association

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The National Virtual Teacher Association, a new association with a first-of-their-kind rigorous certification process created by education experts, is launching today to train educators for success in a virtual environment.

“The future does not seek our permission to show up and make demands,”

As schools struggle to adapt to digital learning in the midst of a growing need for effective virtual teachers in the United States, the National Virtual Teacher Association (NVTA), a new association with a first-of-their-kind rigorous certification process created by education experts, is launching today to train educators for success in a virtual environment. To effectively provide students with quality instruction in a virtual environment, the NVTA Certification sets standards for educating students virtually and provides clear training on how to achieve them so teachers feel prepared to positively affect a student’s educational journey online.

“Fostering deep relationships is essential in quality teaching and learning,” said Dr. Tony Smith, NVTA board member, and former IL State Superintendent. “The NVTA is expanding the capacity of teachers to do the unique work of teaching on-line. Helping each teacher grow in this new environment is a key ingredient for student success.”

More than three-quarters of public school districts in the U.S. are now using online learning to deliver instruction to students, according to the 12th annual Keeping Pace report. As this medium of instruction continues to grow, virtual teachers need a skillset that is completely different from what is required to teach in-person. The NVTA Certification program trains teachers to master technology, improve their practice, and become a 21st-century educator. To measure performance, experts developed a comprehensive rubric with outlined expectations for distinguished virtual teachers that goes beyond just the lessons they teach in the classroom.

“Knowing each student well and supporting their deep learning is at the heart of educational equity,” Dr. Smith said. “Doing this complex work online requires new skills and awareness. Online teaching is a competency that can be learned and taught. From now on, students and families are counting on our teachers knowing how to create meaningful learning both in-person and online.”

The NVTA was built by seasoned superintendents, expert educators, and education technology entrepreneurs with a combined 150 years in education that pioneered the delivery of virtual education in the K-12 and post K-12 space. The NVTA Education Advisory Board consists of five education leaders from around the country, including former IL State Superintendent Dr. Tony Smith, former New Jersey Commissioner of Education Kimberley Harrington Markus, Arizona School Board Association Executive Director Dr. Sheila Harrison-Williams, President and Founder of Proximity Learning Inc. Evan Erdberg, and Pulitzer nominated author Clifton Taulbert.

“The future does not seek our permission to show up and make demands,” Taulbert said.

The certification is an opportunity for teachers to set themselves apart from the status quo and advance their careers faster. When a virtual teacher is trained properly, they can create a world-class learning environment that engages and motivates students on the digital medium they live in every day.

“Do not be held captive by your present reality,” Taulbert said. “Accelerate your imagination.”

About National Virtual Teacher Association Inc.: NVTA Inc. is an organization created specifically to help advance and define the standards of quality virtual teaching and learning. Established as the profession’s medium for defining and validating excellence in a virtual teaching environment, the National Virtual Teacher Certification is a voluntary process to certify teachers to meet those virtual teaching standards. Written by Christina Peebles. Learn more: https://virtualteacherassociation.org/.

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