Dr. Jennifer Parker-Moore
Instructional Technology & School Data Consultant
Macomb Intermediate School District
Clinton, Township, Michigan
MISD’s partnership with Central Michigan University’s District Designed Professional Development (DDPD) began in 2009. The Department of Instructional Technology began with the statewide “21things4teachers” course in 2009, a blended course that uses just-in-time training to improve teacher technology proficiency. In 2010, the “21things4administrators” course was added to support educational leaders. Since those first two courses, our county has partnered with CMU to offer graduate credit for multiple initiatives, including the “Macomb2020 Blended Learning Academy” and the “Regional Data Initiatives Leadership Academy.” Participants were able to build confidence and support with local experts who were teaching the course, while building skills and knowledge in timely topics in education. Hundreds of teachers have enjoyed the ease of obtaining college credits for work that supports new initiatives in education, assessment, school improvement, and technology.
Partnering with Central Michigan University to offer graduate credits in the offering of local professional development has been a win-win situation for Macomb Intermediate School District. MISD won by being able to utilize local instructors to meet local needs. These familiar faces and shared networks combined to build support for enrollment in these courses. CMU posted a win through their ease of registration and an attractive and competitive pricing structure for graduate credits made recruiting students a simple process. Together we were able to transition from a paper/pencil enrollment system to online registration, which was very easy for the participants to navigate. Educators were the biggest winners in their quest for knowledge about best practice, new testing and standards, improved methods and technology, and enhance learning for all students.
REMC 5 Director/Instructional Technologist
Regional Educational Media Technology Center
Serving Schools in Clare-Gladwin and Gratiot-Isabella RESDs
“Our organization has worked with CMU's Global Campus District Designed Professional Development program for several years to offer timely, relevant, value-added professional learning opportunities to K-12 educators in our region. This program and its staff exemplify quality customer service and professional collaboration.
CMU's DDPD program has established guidelines and procedures to assure that the courses we offer are in line with the CMU's standards of excellence. Teachers appreciate the flexible scheduling and course location options we're able to offer, while maintaining high-quality, relevant learning experiences. Personally, I appreciate the functionality of the Global Campus website and the professionalism of the staff. Everything I need to complete the course submittal process can be found online, and all communication throughout the term of the course is thorough yet concise!”