Jacksonville State University's Collaborative Regional Education (CORE) program and 2gno.me have partnered to bring a first-of-its-kind professional development program to K-12 administrators and teachers across the nation.
Most school districts under utilize their investment in technology. This new program will work to identify teachers’ strengths and weaknesses and guide them on a path of professional development that will advance their soft skills in technology.
“Traditional professional development providers have missed the mark,” said Lynn Garner, JSU Director of Innovation. “We are here to give educators what they have been missing all along – opportunities for self-reflection and personalized learning. Not only will they learn more about themselves as an educator, they also will gain the confidence needed to move from 21st century thinking to next generation learning in their schools and classrooms.”
Using a cloud-based platform administered by tech company 2gno.me – which stands for “To Know Me” – teachers will take an assessment, aligned with international standards for technology education, and self-examine how they are using technology. The online program will analyze if they are proficient, partially proficient or expert education technology users. Then, they will be routed to a personalized learning plan to take them to the next level. The program is flexible, allowing teachers to participate individually – with or without administrator support – or school systems can sign up their individual teachers or entire faculty.
This project is part to the $12 million grant awarded to JSU by the Department of Education in 2015 to scale its successful CORE educational model to a national audience. Learn more at CORE's website or at 2gno.me.