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The Impact of Remote E-Learning on K-12 Teachers’ Professional Learning Needs


As a result of school closures and the adoption of e-learning ….

  1. Teachers say they need more professional learning than ever before to support digital teaching.
    • Almost 6 in 10 K-12 teachers now say they need more professional learning on how to use digital content, tools and resources effectively to support student learning. 
      • Topic: 47% increase in how to teach students to be safe online
      • Format: 31% say they are interested in virtual coaching and mentoring - only 16% said the same before school closures
      • Concern: 68% want assurances about their students’ home connectivity – up from 45% in fall/winter 2019

  2. Teachers’ wish list for professional learning on new models, topics and tools to support digital teaching has changed.

  3.   % of teachers who identified this need before school closures % of teachers who identified this need because of school closures
    How to differentiate instruction 50% 56%
    Integrating digital content within lessons 38% 45%
    Using animations and simulations within lessons 35% 48%
    Using digital or online games 35% 48%
    Implementing Google classroom 29% 40%
    Creating my own videos for students to watch 27% 47%
    How to implement a blended learning model  27% 41%
    Implementing a social emotional learning program 25% 37%
    How to teach an online class 15% 33%
  4. Indicating greater comfort with online learning, teachers are increasingly tapping into webinars and online conferences for their own self-directed professional learning.

      Watched a webinar for professional learning? 

      • 2018-19 school year:  28% of teachers
      • 2019-20 school year – until March 16:  28% of teachers 2019-20 school year – after March 16:  40% of teachers

SOURCE: Speak Up 2019-20 Research Project Findings - the results of the authentic, unfiltered views of over 11,300 K-12 teachers collected from September 2019 through June 2020. Special data analysis conducted to compare the views of teachers before and after school closures. Speak Up is an annual research initiative of Project Tomorrow. Learn more about Speak Up and other research findings from Project Tomorrow at tomorrow.org.