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Providing access to quality PD for educators, anytime and anywhere.

Transforming Professional Development in a Virtual World

location_on Coal Center, United States
Education has rapidly evolved in the past year, so why hasn’t the method in which educators receive professional development? IU1 developed EVOLVE, Essential Virtual Online Learning Vault for Educators, to provide quality and accessible professional development. With IU1 EVOLVE educators can receive virtual Professional Development from anywhere at any time. Learn more at www.evolve.iu1.org.
Heather Gojmerac, Trinity Area School District
I've been looking for ways to increase student engagement in this virtual era of education. On IU1 Evolve, there are new resources. I have a wealth of quality information in one convenient location!

Heather Gojmerac, Trinity Area School District

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Anyone can submit their innovation to HundrED Open. All information on this page is provided by the innovator and has not been checked by HundrED. Innovation page has been created by Donald Martin on January 5th, 2021
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2 802
Children/Users
1
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2020
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Updated on July 26th, 2021
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Why did you create this innovation?

EVOLVE (www.evolve.iu1.org) was developed to provide a virtual platform for quality professional development for educators. Educators can subscribe to EVOLVE for access to professional development in a variety of ways. Professional Development videos are asynchronous allowing educators to view at their convenience to stay up to date on the latest instructional strategies and educational trends.

How does your innovation work in practice?

Essential Virtual Online Learning Vault for Educators, or EVOLVE, is a virtual platform where educators can receive professional development anytime, anywhere. This platform was created to address the need of providing professional development to educators in a continually changing environment. As the students learning environment has changed, so should the educators. Through EVOLVE, teachers are provided with much needed flexibility in how they are able to access and obtain professional development. EVOLVE's professional development videos are asynchronous allowing educators to view at their convenience to stay up to date on the latest instructional strategies and educational trends. Videos are brief and educators can expect sessions to be 30 – 60 minutes in length and if rented for 1 day, educators will have 24 hours to fully watch their session. Subject areas include Math, Science, STEM, Maker, Social Studies, Art, ELA, and more!

How has it been spreading?

EVOLVE began as means to address the need of providing educators with access to professional development in a variety of ways. The idea for EVOLVE started in the fall of 2020 and was launched in the new year. As EVOLVE grows over the years, Intermediate Unit 1 will continue to add to as well as expand the platform. Plans to introduce regional and national partners to the professional development platform will add further reach and educational opportunities for educators. With the recent launch of the EVOLVE platform, educators now have access to professional development from anywhere and they are able to continue their professional growth on their own time. Intermediate Unit 1 through EVOLVE will continue to provide innovative professional development opportunities for educators.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

The IU1 EVOLVE platform began as a pilot idea after the school closures in March 2020 from COVID-19. In an effort to continue to provide PD, IU1 started a free PD site for educators where they could receive quality PD from anywhere and view on their own time. With the success of the free site, IU1 wanted to continue to expand and offer more PD through the EVOLVE Platform. www.evolve.iu1.org

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March 2021
Reached over 2,800 users!
January 2021
Awarded Grant Funding for 14 Schools in Washington County, PA
January 2021
Innovation page created on HundrED.org
January 2021
Official Launch of IU1 EVOLVE
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