San Diego County Office of Education employees are helping officials
in Minnesota create a program to train educators to teach online and blended
SDCOE is a founding member of the Leading Edge Alliance, a
nationwide group of educators focused on online learning. In order for the
South Central Regional Area Telecommunications System in Minnesota to become a
member, SDCOE employees will mentor educators there.
Bill Robinson, senior director of media services, and Mary Kraus,
project specialist, have been working on the project for months. They traveled
to Mankato, Minn., in September to meet with the educators and conduct a
Since then, 15 people have been trained to teach the online
Now, Robinson and Kraus will serve as mentors and sit in on
their classes online.
“It’s as if we were principals sitting in on teachers that
we’ve trained,” Robinson said. “We just go in and make sure that they do a good
This is the first time SDCOE employees have helped another
organization implement the Leading Edge training in this way.
As a founding member of the nationwide Leading Edge
Alliance, SDCOE employees helped develop the courses and have helped oversee
them since 2011.
The Leading Edge classes guide educators through a rigorous
and engaging curriculum focused on not only facilitating online courses but
also on developing a solid understanding of how to enhance learning
opportunities for all students.
More than 300 people have been certified through the SDCOE
program, more than any other county education office in California, Robinson
“We are recognized as leaders in providing Leading Edge
certification,” he said.