School district hosts virtual work day for teachers

MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — Teachers from an Alabama virtual learning program gathered in Madison on Wednesday for the first time in three years.

The state-funded Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators and Students Statewide (ACCESS) has grown in popularity during the pandemic due to its offering of virtual classes not found in some rural or private schools.

Its North Alabama center is based in schools in Madison City and as of Wednesday morning it welcomed more than 100 teachers with plans to expand in the coming years.

“It’s 14 counties and all the districts within those counties,” said City of Madison Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols. “We are only part of this group, but I know that the ACCESS staff brings together the teachers, the ACCESS coordinators at the school level. »

“Everyone needs to have computer skills,” said Maria Kilgore, director of ACCESS. “Everyone needs to know how to do things online for their work in the future. So ACCESS gives them a kind of head start to work in a virtual environment [and] be successful.”

ACCESS offers classes in grades 7-12.

The program is also looking to expand with more educators next year, adding classes for Grade 6.


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