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QTL helps Virginia ITRTs prepare for new positions, new challenges during Fall 2005
August 12, 2005

DALEVILLE, VA - This fall, across Virginia, newly appointed "Instructional Technology Resource Teachers" will provide frontline support for high quality teaching and learning with technology. More than two dozen of them will begin the process with fresh new ideas and inspiration after participating in the QTL program over the summer.

Virginia Instructional Resource Teachers complete activities during a QTL session in Botetourt County.

The ITRTs attended QTL sessions especially designed for their unique needs in the Botetourt County Center for Quality Teaching and Learning. The sessions focused on how the ITRTs can help teachers in their schools use technology and other tools effectively. Because their jobs are new positions in the schools, quality professional development this summer has been a real need.

"(QTL is) giving me more confidence in approaching teachers in creative ways, in non-threatening ways, and in ways that hopefully will benefit what they are doing in the classroom," says Sean Sharp of Floyd County Public Schools. "To be honest, I was feeling more nervous about this position given its newness, but as the week goes along, I am feeling more confident."

Other participants agree.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and would highly recommend it to ALL ITRTs," said Gail Moore of Amherst City Schools after completing her five-day QTL Cycle. "I have a better understanding of what I am expected to do. The lessons were very useful across the board no matter the grade or subject."

"I would DEFINITELY tell a teacher to sign up for this workshop," Teresa Cannady of Pittsylvania County Schools wrote. "I knew some when I got here, but I am definitely leaving with the feeling that I can attempt and do just about anything!!"

Computer-based activities make up a portion of the QTL approach, but those activities are always incorporated into the teacher's standard curriculum.

QTL immerses participants in a realistic classroom environment where they approach assignments in an active and collaborative way, using technology tools as well as research-based teaching strategies. The goal is to show new ways to get every student actively involved in the learning process.

The experience was appropriate for the Instructional Technology Resource Teachers, who'll provide leadership to teachers.

"(QTL) unfolded naturally and was never forced," says Joyce Dittrich of William Byrd High School. "There were a balance of activities and my attention was held throughout each day. Experience was the key during these activities, and our instructor (QTL instructor Pam Edwards) was able to continually model excellent instructional techniques (all which were enhanced by technology)."

Dittrich says she particularly enjoyed the open learning environment. "It was comfortable and conducive to learning," she says. "It was an awesome experience."

Cathy Scolpini, lead technology resource teacher for Pittsylvania County Schools, says she was initially skeptical that the program could give her some direction for developing the district's ITRT program - but changed her mind after attending.

"I must tell you that I couldn't have been more wrong!" she says. "I now know exactly how I will structure the program. This has been, without a doubt, the most beneficial conference I have ever attended, and I honestly mean that!"

Read more comments from IRT participants.


For more information, contact Robin Fred via e-mail at or call him at 888.507.3800.

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