itslearning, inc., the leading K12 digital learning solutions provider, announced today that it has partnered with the Metropolitan Educational Council (MEC) and Instructional Technology Services of Central Ohio (ITSCO) to form a Learning Management System (LMS) consortium for ESC’s and ITC’s in the State of Ohio. The goal of the partnership is to provide online and blended professional development to administrators, staff and teachers. Member schools will also have the ability to implement the program for student use.
The transition from face-to-face programs to blended and online programs will save districts both time and money by reducing time teachers must spend off site during school hours. The ability to offer flexible professional development programs will avoid the need for substitute teachers, which will end up saving some districts enough money to save a teacher’s job.
“We are extremely pleased and excited about the new strategic partnership between the MEC, itslearning and ITSCO. ITSCO has long been recognized in our area as a leader in providing quality professional development for classroom teachers and administrators on topics related to instructional technology,” said Bret Longberry, ITC Director. “This partnership links the stability of a high performance learning management system with high quality professional development. We look forward to expanding the opportunity for teachers and students in the State of Ohio to use this remarkable tool to bring blended learning experiences into classrooms,” Longberry added.
“We are excited to be working with MEC and itslearning to provide a common platform for professional development for our members. We will be using itslearning to deliver online professional development to over twenty counties,” said Amy Palermo, Executive Director, ITSCO. “The move to a digital platform will allow our members to implement important initiatives such as calamity day makeup, flex credit, credit recovery as well as improving overall achievement in their school systems.”