One of our Navigation Games board members is familiar with the continuing ed accreditation in MA. The nice thing about getting this is that it might be more motivating for teachers, particularly since I imagine it will cost them not only time but also money.
To be able to apply it toward requirements they have for maintaining this continuing ed credits each year would be awesome. Massachusetts teachers have to renew or recertify their professional license every five years.
Individuals with Massachusetts standard certificates must engage in sustained professional development that strengthens professional knowledge and skills in order to meet the state’s new recertification requirements.
From Recertification guidelines for MA educators
The same source says that programs must
* total at least 10 hours
* include a product or pre-and post-content assessment
* include a follow-up component
PDPs are not offered for 1-day workshops or conferences.
Oo: Educators may earn PDPs for developing and implementing an activity for students, parents, or teachers that incorporates the learning standards of the curriculum frameworks.
And there is further incentive if the school-based activity is distributed or implemented within a local school, district, or university.
I would like to read this more carefully; maybe Navigation Games and/or OUSA can register to be a PD provider.
In addition to school-age teachers, I think it would be neat to go after pre-school providers based on some of Erin's and other ideas for developing spatial awareness, experience and reasoning in the very young.