The Teacher’s Academy Expands to Colorado
- September 10, 2015
- Posted by: ttadev
- Category: All Blog Postings
The Teacher’s Academy Expands to Colorado
How it all began…
In 2012, a group of established teachers formed a company in Pennsylvania called Act 48 Academy in honor of a law that requires all staff to maintain a high level of professional development. Act 48 Academy struck a chord for many teachers, and these services were needed outside of PA. Hence, The Teacher’s Academy was born.
We help teachers across the country…
Since then, we have been providing an affordable, convenient way for teachers to maintain their professional licenses. In 2013, we expanded into our neighboring states of New York, New Jersey and Delaware. We’ve become approved providers for the state of Texas and Oregon. We will remain Act 48 Academy in Pennsylvania, but our nationally recognized company, The Teacher’s Academy, reaches across the nation to support all teachers. And now, we are excited to announce that The Teacher’s Academy is part of the educational landscape of Colorado. We are proud to share the same vision for preparing generations of students for successful careers.
Professional development should be relevant and useful!
Preparing students for employment in an ever-changing global market must begin with our teachers. As educators in the new millennium, we are bombarded with an incredible amount of information on best teaching practices from a variety of different sources. Sifting through all of this information in order to keep up with highly skilled and tech savvy students can be a bit overwhelming. We are all teachers at The Teacher’s Academy, and we understand the need to navigate time constraints, develop high-level thinkers and adhere to demanding standards. For those reasons and more, we have created courses that contain projects for teachers to use in class and utilize resources from reputable education companies. We foster and spark next generation ideas for achieving best practices in education. Our courses are aligned with Colorado’s superior professional development standards and can be completed at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home.
Professional development doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming (anymore)!
The Teacher’s Academy has considered the financial burden placed on school districts and, more specifically, teachers. To keep costs low, we have created an efficient system of reviewing projects and then distributing your Certificate of Completion and Feedback Form within 5 – 7 business days. Our process is faster and less expensive than community colleges or other private companies.
There are no administrative or extra costs for materials because everything you need to complete the course is emailed immediately. We have a tech team and support staff ready to assist with any questions.
How we can help busy Colorado teachers…
According to the Colorado Department of Education, a valid license may be renewed every five years with an equivalent of six-semester hours of credit from an accepted, regionally accredited college or university, which may include up to 90 clock hours of professional development (in-services, workshops, being on a committee, etc.) earned during the validity of your professional license.
One semester credit hour equals fifteen contact hours. The courses at The Teacher’s Academy are written in 3, 6, 15 and 18-hour increments. This allows teachers to choose from a variety of educational experiences and gain an abundance of educational resources while earning their 90 clock hours.
The Colorado Department of Education allows a variety of acceptable activities for professional development. The Teacher’s Academy would fall under the Workshops or Academies section of the Accepted Renewal Activities document. Upon completion of the course, Colorado teachers will receive a signed Certificate of Completion along with a Feedback Form that state the contact hours earned and skills mastered. These forms are sent as a PDF file, via email, and can be submitted for earned “ongoing” professional development hours.
Once you try it, you will keep coming back for more!
The Teacher’s Academy is proud to say we have a large percentage of returning clients for several reasons. Clients know they are getting high quality PD because the materials are current and the projects are relevant.
The format for every class they take is similar. In other words, once you take one course, you will notice that the course layout, terminology, and submitting protocol for all TTA courses are exactly the same. Our goal is to make the process as easy and fun as possible!
Once you pay for the course, it is yours to keep forever! Often times, teachers refer back to the course for websites or activities ideas, long after they’ve completed the course. Teachers can share the educational resources, activity ideas for students and cutting edge strategies with other teachers or administrators. Even students like to see what their teachers are learning!
Another feature teachers appreciate is the ability to complete their PD requirements from home. We really like the idea of working from home and we want to share that experience with as many teachers as possible. So now there is no reason to get in the car and drive to a workshop or college campus. Stay at home and enjoy a few hours of learning at your own pace, creating your own materials and expect your Certificate of Completion and Feedback Form in a few days.
We are honored to bring our services to the excellent teachers of Colorado! Check out some of our most popular courses:
Inspiring Ideas for the 21st Century Classroom – 18 Hours, $89.99
Blended Learning – 15 Hours, $79.99
Computers the VERY basics for the PC – 15 hours, $79.99
Microsoft Word for Educators – 15 hours, $79.99
2015 Science Website and Apps Review – 3 Hours, $24.99
2015 Pre-K Websites and Apps Review – 3 Hours, $24.99