"PBS TeacherLine offers more than 80 graduate level facilitated, online courses, and a growing library of "just-in-time" self-paced courses for teachers." (Read about PBS TeacherLine).
Public polls sometimes remind us that PBS can basically do no wrong when it comes to providing educational content. One of its fewer ventures that directs content specifically at educators, PBS TeacherLine works to ensure that USA teachers can be lifelong learners, too.
Courses, of Course
TeacherLine offers over 75 free and fee-based graduate-level online courses to bring together educators from grades Pre-K through 12. Courses generally take a standards-based approach, helpful to the learning and teaching requirements of most USA public schools, but also tout a customizability that partnering school districts and countrywide PBS providers can tailor to local education standards. TeacherLine courses come in a range of content areas, vary by cost (from free to $350) and length (1.5 - 45 hours), and are selectively available for students to earn credit through degree-granting partner institutions.
More than Content with the Content
Annenberg Learner, Concord Consortium, and the WGBH Teachers' Domain are responsible for much of the TeacherLine course content and delivery services that trained facilitators help to bring alive through PBS programming. The added benefit of self-paced courses gives busy teachers (both new and seasoned) certain access to reliable, relevant, well-received content that suits their schedules in ways other professional development opportunities might not.
Image Grade 11 teacher Annette teaches English to her students at Norsup Secondary School. AusAID supports education projects on Malekula Island. by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade via Flickr