Teaching the teachers in Michigan

Recently featured by Michigan’s WXYZ-TV Channel 7 as one of the “Best Schools in Michigan,” the Wayne-Westland Community Schools district serves 12,800 students from the communities of Wayne, Westland, Canton, Dearborn Heights, Inkster, and Romulus, Michigan. All of the district’s schools are accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Wayne-Westland's award-winning scholastic programs offer every student a high quality education and a head start on college. The district is especially proud of its 14 Golden Apple Award winning schools and two Michigan Blue Ribbon Exemplary School Award winners.

Classroom technology plays an important role in the learning success of Wayne-Westland students. But installing hundreds of the latest interactive whiteboards is not the end of the story - it's just the beginning. The next step is teaching the teachers.

Recently the district took the next step to maintaining its exemplary education by purchasing the Blossom Learning Online SMART Board Course.

“We believe that the administration, teachers, and, most importantly, students of the Wayne-Westland Community Schools district are going to benefit enormously as a result of the decision made by Kevin Galbraith, Executive Director of Technology,” Weatherhead said today. “We look forward to working with Kevin and his team as they move forward with integrating the Online SMART Board Course into their professional development training program.”

Teachers will be able to get up and running with the SMART Board within minutes of starting the online course. The course allows teachers to return to the material over and over again until they become proficient. By the time they are finished, teachers will have progressed sequentially from the fundamentals level through the intermediate and advanced levels, and receive a personalized certificate of completion.

Introduced in January of this year, the Blossom Learning Online SMART Board Course is a complete training solution that comes with built-in LMS administrative facilities that allow school districts to facilitate purchases, allocate courses to teachers, and track individual teacher progress toward completion.