Professional Learning in Appalachia
All teachers need high-quality, relevant, ongoing professional development, but it is particularly hard to come by in rural areas. The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC), an educational service agency serving some of the most economically distressed rural counties in America, has been leading one promising model for delivering professional learning to educators in the region. Microcredentials are an important component.
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