BY DR. DEANA LAYTON, PROFESSIONAL LEARNING MANAGER

MSTA has had a strong heritage of being a trailblazer when it comes to professional development. From pioneering co-ops, to being the first to offer online Beginning Teacher Assistance Programs, MSTA consistently has demonstrated forward thinking approaches to providing high quality professional development to Missouri educators.

Educators in general are lifelong learners. But finding the time to further learning can be challenging for busy teachers.

MSTA is focused on creating professional development opportunities to meet today’s classroom challenges and further enhance educator acumen. MSTA will be unveiling a new Learning Management System (LMS) for the 2019-2020 school year. This new LMS will allow MSTA to build a community of learning available to educators everywhere. We are eager to make available virtual book studies, virtual mentors, online webinars and courses that will empower educators to personalize their learning.

The use of badging and micro-credentialing is transforming adult learning and educator professional development. Badges are a validation of one’s achievements and/or interests. Micro-credentials can be of value to teachers in that it is chunked, personalized, competency-based learning that will have impact on student learning while enhancing a teacher’s craft. MSTA is in the research and development stage of this systemic shift in teacher professional development.

Through the use of state-of-the-art technology, MSTA strives to provide for personalized, professional learning opportunities to meet the needs and demands of 21st century educators. MSTA is there for Missouri educators and we are excited to help you succeed in the everchanging world of teaching.

Central Methodist University