Welcome educators! Please click a link to display information and links for administrators, counselors, teachers, and facilitators.
As an onsite classroom facilitator, you will have a significant impact on the success of your students and the virtual learning program at your school. Your responsibilities will be many, but training provided by regional ACCESS support centers will enable you to adequately meet responsibilities related to handling technical issues, using the learning management system, receiving virtual learning courses, and managing a distance learning classroom. In addition to clarifying your responsibilities, this manual identifies both general policies for this program and policies for students enrolled in ACCESS courses.
We welcome teachers with a passion for education, open to new perspectives and a genuine commitment to putting students first. We look forward to talking with you and thank you for your interest in ACCESS Virtual Learning.
C A S T (Connecting Access Staff and Teachers)
You must have a Desire2Learn (D2L) log in to access any of the features mentioned below in the CAST site.
Inside the new just-in-time professional learning site, teachers can find the following informational and tutorial items:
- Open source technology information
- Supplemental reading and interesting links for virtual learning tips
- Helps for ongoing changes in the Desire2Learn Learning Environment
- Chat room for teachers and staff only
- Discussion boards and content-specific blogs
- Content-specific group collaborative tools
- Desire2Learn training manuals for teachers, facilitators, and students
- Teacher and student policy manuals
- Outside online training opportunities
- Ongoing professional learning modules which include training in Wimba Voice Tools, Elluminate, NetTrekker, Curriculum Pathways, and other Web tools used in the virtual learning environment.
- ACCESS global announcements
- ACCESS teacher profiles
- Resources links
- Teacher-to-Teacher sharing
Various learning sessions are offered throughout each term. To take a look at a session, please visit our ACCESS Calendar located on the CAST Home page.
Sessions will be offered via WebEx with links provided on each STI PD session enrollment page. Go to https://pdweb.alsde.edu to find the session for which you want to enroll (be sure to sort by all LEAs).
Recorded Session Instructions: 1. After listening to the entire recording, exit the WebEx session recording and from the Assessment dropdown menu in CAST, click on the Discussions link. 2. Under the module titled "Ongoing PD Discussions", select and click on the topic that matches the session topic you viewed. 3. Compose a reply to the prompts listed under the topic and "Post" your reply. Your replies will be read and the support center will receive a list of those participants who completed the discussion post assignments during the month. This may be completed at any time before the end of the month in which you enroll in STI PD in order to receive credit for that month only.
Note: All ACCESS Teachers must participate in the six required sessions over the academic year (annotated by *).
If you have any questions concerning CAST, please contact Regina White.
Welcome Administrators and Counselors
Welcome to the world of virtual learning with ACCESS. With a vision for providing equal access to high-quality instruction and a wide range of course options, ACCESS (Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, and Students Statewide) is having a positive impact on students throughout Alabama. We are pleased that you have chosen to join the increasing number of high schools in Alabama that are participating in the ACCESS program—bringing a variety of Advanced Placement, core, dual enrollment, and elective courses to students in all areas of the state. Your participation will open doors of opportunity for your students and assist us in making the goals of ACCESS a reality.