CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Participate (formerly VIF International Education) transforms to serve teachers in new ways with edtech innovations, including a professional development platform and digital badges. This evolution reflects the company’s deep roots in teacher education, blended professional development and cultural exchange for the last 30 years.
“As we enter our fourth decade of service, Participate is in a unique position to support educators as they actively engage in learning communities, ignite change and create impact on a global scale,” said David Young, Participate CEO. “As a proud B Corporation, we continue to deliver on this promise through continuous and iterative development of our learning platform, strengthening partnerships with schools and educators and expansion of our digital badge program.”
Over the last year, Participate has continued to bring a global perspective to professional development for teachers with a digital learning platform designed to meet the needs of today’s educators.
The company continues to progress to meet the needs of stakeholders while staying true to its core mission. At the heart of this effort is the desire to have a positive impact in the lives of teachers, students and the community.
The Participate platform combines the experience of three decades of partnership with schools in over a dozen states including underserved populations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, and teachers from around the globe, with innovative design.
“Each new learning experience is designed for teachers to learn collaboratively along personalized and open pathways to explore, make, experiment, reflect and synthesize in a cyclical process,” said David Young, Participate CEO. Upon completion of courses teachers receive digital badges to show what they have learned.
The Participate professional development platform has 50,000 active users and engages educators in over 100 countries. Last year educators earned over 2,000 digital badges and the platform developed to include:
- Ability to author and distribute online courses to existing professional learning networks
- Access to library of open educational resources
- Access to collections, collaborative tools that allow teachers to curate resources and share with others
- Ability to assign digital badges
- Collaboration with connected educators who seek innovative PD opportunities
- Establishment of a marketplace for free and paid courses that can be distributed to individuals and organizations
- Continuous and iterative learning
Participate partners with schools and districts to provide leading-edge technology, comprehensive frameworks and support services. These programs and services impact student outcomes by improving teacher practice through collaborative professional learning. For 30 years, educators have used Participate’s professional development and curriculum, language acquisition and cultural exchange teacher programs to create engaging learning environments that empower teachers and inspire students to create impact on a global scale. Participate is a certified B Corp and ‘Best for the World’ honoree headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.