The NEA Academy Partners with I CAN Learn® Instructional Improvement System to Offer Online Professional Development Courses
GAITHERSBURG, MD – March 3, 2010 – The National Education Association (NEA) Academy is partnering with the I CAN Learn® Instructional Improvement System on an interactive professional development program aimed at strengthening math educators’ content knowledge and introducing them to new classroom strategies.
“The NEA Academy’s mission is to provide educational professionals access to effective professional development courses that they can take anytime and anywhere,” said Mark Stevens, vice president of professional & web solutions for NEA Member Benefits. “The I CAN Learn® system offers outstanding courses designed to bolster content knowledge and raise the bar for quality math instruction.”
Course topics include building math concepts and process and communication skills, improving math reasoning, increasing math vocabulary, and presenting strategies for finding contextual meaning. Educators progress through the 50-hour online courses on their own time, at their own pace. Each lesson includes in-depth video, audio and a diverse set of presenters to help recreate the feel of an actual classroom.
“Teachers must constantly practice math fundamentals,” said Jacqueline Canales, curriculum specialist for the I CAN Learn® Instructional Improvement System. “This program keeps teachers sharp and gives them the confidence necessary to add to their skill-set, all of which is ultimately passed on to their students.”
As a result of the partnership, NEA members have access to three online I CAN Learn® professional development courses: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Pre-Algebra. The courses have been recommended by the NEA Content and Quality Review Board, a panel of teachers, state association professional development staff, and university and community college faculty. Continuing Education Units are available upon completion of course, pending the approval of state and/or local offices. To learn more, visit sites.nea.org/academy and www.icanlearn.com.
About the NEA Academy
The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers. The NEA Academy is the professional learning group developed to support educators with the highest quality online programs and is dedicated to meeting the professional needs of teachers and education support professionals.
About the I CAN Learn® Instructional Improvement System
The I CAN Learn® Instructional Improvement System is a product of JRL Enterprises, Inc. “I CAN Learn” is an acronym for “Interactive Computer Aided Natural Learning.” The system is a complete software and hardware computer package for delivering standards based Algebra and Pre-Algebra courses to the K-12, College, and Adult Education markets. The education system captures the best instructional pedagogy and delivers this instruction through technology on a one-on-one basis to every student. It also provides a complete classroom management tool that assists educators by providing all the feedback needed to ensure every student’s success. To learn more, visit www.icanlearn.com