With a relatively small $7.5 million investment, the governor, the state education agency, the Helios Foundation and Arizona State University launched a collaboration known as the Arizona Virtual Teacher Institute (AVTI). This initiative provides all educators and childcare providers with the opportunity for free, on-demand professional learning to advance their digital teaching skills. Districts also have the option to leverage AVTI for customized training workshops for their staff. Nearly 12,000 teachers from over 1,100 unique school districts have already participated in these professional learning opportunities as of July 2021.
We are spotlighting this because it demonstrates how recovery funds can help create a partnership between governmental and non-governmental entities with a potential for high impact and lasting effect.