Teacher Professional Development

ASCD Launches Professional Learning Platform Witsby

ASCD this week unveiled its new professional learning and credentialing platform, Witsby. The new platform is designed to provide a range of learning tools across multiple platforms and provide "personalized professional learning paths to help educators stay on track — and on pace — to meet their evolving needs and goals."

“We're excited to give educators what they have been asking for — a professional development tool that meets the needs of today’s teacher. Created with input from instructional leaders, coaches, teachers and administrators, Witsby is the first on-demand, mobile-optimized platform that empowers district leaders to build meaningful learning journeys for teachers," said Penny Reinart, ASCD deputy executive director, in a prepared statement. “Our goal is that Witsby will become THE solution for districts to attract, retain and support teachers throughout their career.”

Among the features offered by Witsby:

  • Thousands of videos, courses, and articles;

  • The ability for schools to integrate their own professional development content;

  • Analytics and "multi-layered reporting tools to monitor district/school usage, track teachers’ needs and interests, and measure effectiveness and impact";

  • An authoring tool;

  • A time tracker "to offer credit to teachers who invest in their own learning outside formal learning days"; and

  • Various credentialing capabilities, including tracking.

Complete details can be found at ascd.org/witsby.

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