July 23, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 26
The Idaho State University College of Technology's Office of Workforce Training will offer professional development instruction to more than two million National Education Association (NEA) members this fall. WFT's web-based training is made available nationally through an agreement with NEA's Member Benefits Corporation (MBC).
The online instruction focuses on helping teachers incorporate current classroom technology into their lessons. The need to integrate technology successfully follows a national trend to increase student success by teaching them in the digital environment in which they live. Workforce Training's professional development offerings are content specific and based on teacher selection. Each lesson is designed and presented by teachers who have a track record of success in their content areas.
The just-in-time webinar concept was developed by Arlen Walker and Jeff Hough of Workforce Training in response to a need expressed by many Idaho School Districts as part of an 18-month project to enhance education with technology. "This is a unique product that allows teachers to pick the just-in-time training they need," said Mark Stevens of NEA/MBC. Workforce Training at ISU will be the sole provider of such short, convenient, web-based instruction made available through NEA email and national publications.