Harrisonburg, VA - Virginia educators will be gathering at James Madison University’s College of Integrated Science and Technology on March 7-9, 2012 to participate in WVPT’s National Teacher Training Institute (NTTI). Methodologies and techniques to improve classroom instruction and enhance student learning are at the heart of NTTI which provides professional development demonstrating the effective integration of technology tools and resources. WVPT’s Education Services Department has provided NTTI annually for nearly 20 years. By partnering two of education’s most valuable resources—teachers and technology—NTTI seeks to serve as a catalyst for lasting change and reform.

Since 1993, over 2000 educators from all 23 school divisions in our viewing area have attended WVPT’s NTTI. The Institute consists of a series of training events across three days. Focus is on integrating technology into the curricula, whether math, science, English, social studies, fine arts, character education, or other content area. Financial support from the Shenandoah Valley Technology Consortium Ed Tech Grant has enabled WVPT’s NTTI to have such an expansive focus.

Important overarching educational goals at the Institute include:
  • increasing young people’s interest and proficiency in content areas, and
  • keeping classroom teachers, technology resource teachers, and other technology and media specialists in stride with rapid advances in the field of technology.

Critical thinking and problem-solving exercises are central to NTTI’s active learning pedagogy. Teachers learn:

  • to direct student attention before viewing video materials, using the Internet, or conducting a hands-on exercise
  • to select appropriate video sequences for focus; and
  • to pause the video to elaborate on ideas, promote analysis and discourse, and elicit student response

This methodology is modeled in the training sessions to demonstrate how to apply and to incorporate them into the teachers’ own media-rich lessons.

About WVPT: Since 1968, WVPT has been the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia's public television station. But that's just scratching the surface. WVPT is also a classroom, a concert hall, a conference center, a college, and a library of the airwaves. WVPT is one of the most accessible educational institutions in the region, utilizing the power of broadcasting to help carry out its mission of education, culture, and citizenship for everyone within its reach.

For more information about NTTI contact

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Director of Education Services
298 Port Republic Road

Harrisonburg, VA 22801