Make sure the PD system you choose evaluates all necessary skill areas and that teachers can apply the skills in the classroom between online sessions.
Assure online discussions and, if possible, face-to-face facilitated meetings to help build or strengthen the online learning community.
Check to see that the PD curricula have been written by a combination of well-known researchers and practitioners and are current in their resources.
Require alignment to your state's teacher PD and student standards with proof of where in the curriculum these standards are being met.
Be sure to set up face-to-face or online time to train teachers how to use the technology and the curriculum. Provide ongoing follow up.
Monitor ongoing completion rates and assessments and collect all data generated by the provider.
Ask that reports provide snapshots of your most critical goals on a weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis. Ensure the final report looks exactly the way you need it to in order to justify funding or meet other requirements.
Train administrators to look for implementation of skills learned during online PD when they visit classrooms.
Provide or request professional credit (CEUs), university credit, or salary enhancement opportunities that will motivate teachers to participate.
Include a certificate of completion or of mastery and/or a culminating event when specific district/school-wide goals are met.