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THE Public School System’s Instructional Technology and Distance Education Program held a continuous improvement workshop for 45 online teachers on Saturday at Saipan Southern High School.

The workshop, which was conducted by program leaders Dr. Bobby Cruz and Lorraine Catienza, discussed student evaluation data, best practices, and new technology tools to sharpen online learning.

“It’s important to reflect on our practices, especially those that are instructional, and set goals that will help our students to more effectively learn online,” Cruz said. “We are one of only a few programs that include student evaluation as a performance measure, and the results are overwhelmingly positive. But even with this success, my team and I are always focused on improving our services,” he added.

During the workshop, Cruz said they discussed and identified possible opportunities for growth.

The Public School System’s Instructional Technology and Distance Education program held a workshop for online teachers at Saipan Southern High School on Saturday.  Contributed photo

The PSS Instructional Technology and Distance Education Program serves 2,000 students annually.

“The program supports numerous technology-based learning and initiatives for both students and professionals alike. Its goal is to provide access to quality online educational experiences to support digital learners in the CNMI,” Cruz added.

Catienza said the online teachers gather at the end of each term to reflect on their areas of strength and identify areas that can be improved. “Through collaboration we are able to refine courses each term to offer high quality instruction to all of our online learners,” she added.

She said the program also has online counselors who help ensure that online learners are supported emotionally, socially, and academically.

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