Vision: Transforming teacher professional development online

Research has shown that student achievement is directly linked to teacher quality. State and national teaching standards provide a framework for teachers' professional growth that requires teachers to engage in ongoing professional development throughout their careers. The increasing demand for continuous professional development means that providers must expand face-to-face programs to include online activities and content that engage teachers anytime, anywhere. The growing recognition that no single organization can satisfy teachers' ongoing professional development needs requires that educators and providers form communities to share strategies, resources, and support. Tapped In was developed to support this vision.

Tapped In is a Web-based learning environment created by SRI International to transform teacher professional development (TPD) for professional development providers and educators. Tapped In enables providers to offer high-quality online professional development experiences and support to more teachers cost-effectively. Through Tapped In, educators can extend their professional growth beyond courses or workshops with the online tools, resources, colleagues, and support they need to implement effective, classroom-centered learning activities.


Educator activities: Tapped In gives teachers a career-long online home

Tapped In brings educators together both locally and worldwide to cultivate a community that supports each teacher as a professional. We build the capacity of teachers to support one another through peer networks supported by the Tapped In community. Educators

Plan and conduct learning projects with colleagues and students.
Participate in or lead topical discussion and groups.
Manage and attend online courses offered by TPD providers.
Mentor other educators.
Try out new ideas in a safe, supportive environment.
Resources, experts, mentors, and new colleagues are available to all. Collectively, these elements of Tapped In form a uniquely supportive, career-long online home for education professionals.

To view the Tapped In Calendar to see events scheduled for the coming month, visit
http://tappedin.org/tappedin/do/CalendarAction?state=displayExtCale...
and set the calendar to your time zone. You can subscribe to this calendar via RSS. Tapped In members (membership is free) have their internal calendars preset to their time zone.

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