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PowerUp: Real Teaching for Virtual Learning

In these challenging times, high-quality practices that blend online and in-person teaching are more valuable than ever before. PowerUp: Real Teaching for Virtual Learning builds on research-based ideas of instructional design and blended learning in a Google Classroom context to engage participants in real-time, online group sessions as well as opportunities to consult with our professional educators to create dynamic hybrid lessons and courses. 

Between sessions, PowerUp instructors will work with participants on design activities that will result in the creation of real teaching tools. Our unique group and consultation model will allow participants to accelerate their learning while continuing to fulfill their professional obligations.

PowerUp engages teachers in practices to spark learner interaction, design effective lessons, and integrate a wide range of innovative and proven educational technologies into their everyday teaching and learning. We will consider how to orchestrate and support dynamic student interaction within the context of the learning management tools that most schools use for blended and online learning.

PowerUp: Real Teaching for Virtual Learning works best when customized for your district. For more details, email Education Director Lisa Barker at

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PowerUp is for K-12 educators, school and district leaders, support staff, and informal learning leaders who design and/or evaluate formal or informal learning environments!

A district or school-specific version of this program is available. Contact Education Director  Lisa Barker to learn more.

  • Examine and build the components needed in a Learning Management System (LMS) platform to establish a learning community
  • Explore blended learning models and select the model(s) that make sense for your context
  • Understand best practices of asynchronous and synchronous instruction; explore associated tech tools; and design engaging, interactive, synchronous, and asynchronous activities

Program Faculty and Coordinator

Lisa Barker

BS, MA, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Richard Halverson


Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis


If you have questions about PowerUp: Real Teaching for Virtual Learning, please email Education Director Lisa Barker at