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Andi McNair

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Joshua Essary

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Kari Espin

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Jessica Torres

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Innovative Teaching Academy

Do you feel like you aren't getting through to your students? Today's learners are vastly different from past generations. This new academy will give you opportunities to get informed, get connected, and learn to inspire others.

Made up of three levels, this academy will include specific professional development experiences that you will be able to tailor to your interests, ongoing support from ESC specialists and teachers across the region and more!


Vicki Reeves ITA testimonial


  • Complete a minimum of 18-24 hours of professional learning experiences including the following topics:

    • Meaningful Makerspaces (Face to Face)*
    • G Suite Essentials
    • Passion Based Learning (Face to Face)*
    • Designing Meaningful Learning Experiences (Face to Face)*
    • Coding in the Classroom
    • 4C's + 1R (Face to Face)*
    • Media in the Classroom
    • Digital Citizenship
    • Blended Learning (Face to Face)*
    • Student Choice and Voice
    • Global Learning Experiences
    • Making Connections
    • Teaching Gen Z
    • How to become a Connected Educator
    • Gamification

    Learning experiences will be three hours and involve a two-hour live video session and one-four independent learning and reflection piece.  

    *Face-to-Face learning experiences will be 6-hour face to face sessions offered multiple times in the year 

  • Take the next step and become a connected educator by collaborating with other educators and outside experts. A minimum of three collaboration activities is required to move to the next level. Activities include:

    • Participate in at least six #r12digin Twitter chats.
    • Join and contribute to the #r12digin Voxer chat to share ideas and learn from others.
    • Participate in a Regional PLC.
    • Connect your class with another classroom outside of our region.
    • Observe an innovative teacher academy peer in another school district. - Later these will become "spark classroom" observation
    • Connect your classroom with outside experts. ( Minimum of three times)
    • Follow R12DigIn on Facebook and participate in the call to action
  • The final level focuses on leadership and modeling innovative teaching practices for other educators. To complete the academy, educators must complete a minimum of three leadership opportunities including:

    • Moderate the #r12DigIn Chat
    • Submit a video demonstrating the integration of one of the learning experiences in their own classroom.
    • Provide evidence of campus leadership
    • Start a blog or vlog to share out with others
    • Present at the TransformED Conference
Innovative Teaching Academy Brochure Page One
Innovative Teaching Academy Brochure Page Two
What is the Innovative Teaching Academy?
Level One: Learn
Level Two: Connect