Teachers laud continuing education program |

Teachers laud continuing education program

Teachers say a new online program will allow them to continue their education and benefit the school districts of Butler, Ellwood City, Mars, Slippery Rock, Seneca Valley and South Butler County.

“Our online offerings consist of nearly 100 Act 48 workshops and four graduate-level in-service credit courses,” said Lorinda Hess, director of continuing education for the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV.

Hess said the program will continue to add more courses and workshops as time goes on.

Act 48 requires all certified Pennsylvania educators to participate in ongoing education programs, obtaining at least 180 hours of professional development or six credits of continuing education experience every five years.

Act 48 workshops include desktop skills, such as word processing and databasing, and the development of career, interpersonal and leadership skills.

They are self-paced and can be taken anytime, anywhere. The courses also are open to community residents.

Stacey Burk, a cosmetology instructor for Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School for the past 15 years, said she was excited to hear about the course offering.

“It’s an excellent program, and I definitely would participate in it,” Burk said. “I think it’s more feasible than going through a college.”

The graduate level courses include “Dreamweaver for Teachers,” a Web-design course; “Technology Integration in Classrooms”; “Funding School Improvement Through Grant Writing”; and “Literacy Technology.”

The cost for teachers will be discounted — about $265 for two credits or 60 Act 48 hours, Hess said.

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