On March 10, 2020, as “triage teaching” and “pandemic pedagogy” struck Michigan, as it had other states and nations, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued her first executive order related to COVID-19 (Whitmer, 2020a). Over time schools were finally told they could implement "continuity of learning" plans (Whitmer, 2020b).<br><br>Faculty from Central Michigan University’s Master of Arts in Learning, Design, and Technology program knew there was an identified need and the available expertise to support in-service teachers, yet the path and program was unsure given the existing graduate program structure.<br><br>Faculty then began to brainstorm a potential solution: a transformed, accelerated master's degree program in which students would be recruited pairs of Michigan K-12 teachers from the same district, providing an encompassing support system of mentorship. Key to this would be a refocusing of the traditional 10-course sequence to emphasize the development and delivery of high-leverage, online learning experiences and resulting in tangible results for schools and districts. With hearty administrative support of the dean, provost, and president to offer this focused program for one-half the normal tuition rate, a revised program was built. What resulted is an innovative, engaging, and forward-thinking process to benefit practicing PK-12 teachers, and those connected to teaching in PK-12 schools, in a mission driven process. Data is flowing in, and there is a story to tell.
|Title of host publication||To Teach and Serve: Reimagining a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology in the Midst of Pandemic Pedagogy|
|Publisher||Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)|
|Volume||Proceedings of Innovate Learning Summit 2020|
|State||Published - Nov 3 2020|