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Dothan City School teachers get virtual training for upcoming school year

Published: Sep. 1, 2020 at 8:43 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -

As of today, 3,000 Dothan City School student have signed up for virtual or remote learning, a new transition not only for students but teachers too.

Dothan City Schools is just a week away from their first day back and to make sure they’re prepared for any situation, they’ve partnered with the southern regional education board.

“Dothan City Schools has really done an excellent job with coordinating and organizing and identifying the things that they need to do in order to help students transition into whatever instructional pathway they’ve chosen,” Shannon Stanley, school leadership coach with Southern Regional Education Board said.

SREB is all about school improvement, and why more than 250 DCS teachers took part in the 5 day virtual training.

“They want their students to be engaged, they want their students to be able to learn at a high level in any environment whether its virtual or face to face. So they’ve worked really hard this past week to put some tools in their tool box to be able to do that,” Stanley said.

Teachers learned a variety of tools such as zoom, google classroom, and bit-moji classroom but the most important tool having the teacher be placed in the students shoes for a day.

“I think seeing what the students are going to see is definitely helpful. You’re able to understand what the student is going through that particular time and through knowing from the students perspective you can be able to aide that student better from your point of view as a teacher,” Emily Jackson, virtual instruction coordinator for secondary grades 7-12 said.

DCS has even hired two virtual coordinators to help ensure every student and teacher are receiving and distributing a quality education.>

“It’s definitely going to help build their confidence with virtual instruction because this is something that we’ve never done here in Dothan. So this is new and uncharted territory. We want out teachers to be equipped to the point that we can serve as a model for not only the district, but for the state and even at a national level,” Sherry Corbitt, virtual coordinator for remote instruction grades k-6 said.

Because a school year unlike any other deserves some extra help.

“We see that teachers are need assistance in anyway through this time, it’s just not fair to throw a teacher in the deep end of the water and not throw a life jacket, we are that life jacket for the teachers,” Jackson said.

For more information on DCS virtual learning and orientation click this link: https://www.dothan.k12.al.us/Page/1247

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