CASDA's Distance Learning technology has enabled the organization to connect with educators in their home buildings through high definition video conferencing. This connection has allowed CASDA to share research and best practices with teachers far beyond the immediate Capital Region while saving both time and money. The DL model offers engaging, interactive professional development, however, many schools cannot utilize this service due to the significant costs associated with DL equipment. In response to this reality, CASDA is introducing a Webinar Series that will allow all schools to participate in rich development opportunities. It is CASDA's intention that the webinar series will align with the new CTLE standards being implemented by the State Education Department.
Distance Learning Webinars do not require any special equipment. Programs will be offered through WebEx, a web-based platform that runs on a basic internet connection. Like CASDA’s previous DL offerings, many entries of the Webinar Series will be broadcast live, enabling participants to ask questions and engage with presenters in real time. These broadcasts will also be recorded and archived. This will provide school districts with significant flexibility in their professional development programming. Administrators or faculty members who participate in a live Webinar could share the recorded version with their colleagues and peers. Schools not participating in the initial broadcasts will be able to purchase archived recordings and will receive all supplemental materials selected by CASDA’s faculty presenters.
The introduction of a web-based Distance Learning Library will allow districts of all sizes to receive quality professional development in their home districts. Utilizing the WebEx platform provides educators access to materials anytime, anywhere, on any device. This unprecedented convenience combined with the expertise of CASDA’s experienced faculty members will create a truly valuable resource available to all educators throughout our service region.