For New Virtual Educators

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Types of Resources

Professional Organization
Recommended Training
Recommended Books


Professional Organization

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning.

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Recommended Training

iNACOL Events and Webinars

Annual iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

  • October 23-25, 2017 – Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida (Registration is still open!)
  • October 21-24, 2018 – Nashville City Music Center in Nashville, Tennessee

Virtual Teacher Specialization through University of California, Irvine

  • Financial Aid is available.
  • You will receive a certificate upon completion of the specialization.

From the website: “This series of courses provides best practices for online instruction, student engagement and virtual community building; effective uses of asynchronous and synchronous technologies, social media and other emerging technologies; and data analysis techniques and student performance measurements to individualize instruction in an online or blended environment. The courses in this Specialization may be taken in any order. Each course can be taken independently. The Specialization concludes with a final project that will give you the opportunity to integrate and apply the skills you have gained throughout the courses.”

List of courses:

  1. Foundations of Virtual Instruction
  2. Emerging Trends & Technologies in the Virtual K-12 Classroom
  3. Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom
  4. Performance Assessment in the Virtual Classroom
  5. Virtual Teacher Final Project

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Recommended Books

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Teaching Online: A Practical Guide

Ko, S., & Rossen, S. (2017). Teaching online: A practical guide (4th ed.). New York, NY:  Routledge.


Pacansky-Brock, M. (2017). Best practices for teaching with emerging technologies (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.


Rice, K. (2012). Making the move to K-12 online teaching: Research-based strategies and practices. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.


Stephens, M. (2013). Teaching in zero gravity: A practical field guide to online teaching. N.p.: Author.

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