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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