Do I need to be a member of NYSCOSS, LEAF, Inc., or NYSUT ELT in order to register for LEAF courses?
No. There are no prerequisite membership requirements in order to participate in LEAF courses.
Do LEAF courses count towards continuing education credits (CEUs)?
Yes. The Leading Blended and Online Teachers course fulfills 18 hours of CEUs for school administrators. Each participant will be issued a certificate upon course completion.
Can I take just one course?
Yes. Each of the courses focuses on a different aspect of blended and online programs. Participants can choose to focus on only a few key areas for development.
What is the time commitment for each LEAF course?
Leading Successful Blended and Online Learning Initiatives is two to three hours per week for six weeks. Learn more >
Leading Blended and Online Teachers is four hours per week for six weeks. Learn more >
Online Teaching: Fundamentals of Instructional Design is six hours per week for eight weeks. Learn more >
Online Teaching: Fundamentals of Instruction is six hours per week for eight weeks. Learn more >
Blended Teaching Essentials is six hours per week for six weeks. Learn more >
How are the courses presented online?
Online courses are presented using the learning management system (LMS) Canvas, which incorporates an easy-to-use interface, simple navigation, and allows for consistent interaction among instructors and participants.
Are any face-to-face interactions required?
No. The courses are entirely online. However, participants build a collaborative, dynamic online community throughout the class experience.
What types of activities and assignments are involved in these courses?
Typical assignments include class discussions, collaborative projects, and job-embedded activities. Instructors read all class discussions and responses, add comments, and offer feedback to guide participants toward deeper insights and awareness. Other learning activities are submitted privately to the course instructor for individual feedback and grading.
Who teaches LEAF courses?
Instructors are highly qualified, veteran educators who are context experts and facilitators in blended and online modalities. Instructors initially connect with participants through a welcome email and phone call prior to the course start date, and maintain daily interaction within the course through class discussions, private messages, synchronous chat and individual feedback on assignments.
If I have a question for the course instructor, how long will it take to get a response?
While instructors are required to answer questions within 24 hours, most of them answer questions within hours of the initial submission.
How long does it take for assignments to be graded?
Assignments are graded within 48 hours of the end of the module.
If I miss a week of the course, can I make up the session and work?
Participants who anticipate missing a week of the course may submit the necessary materials early. This ensures that their thoughts will be part of the discussion and will receive timely feedback from colleagues and the instructor.
Participants who choose to submit their work after missing a week usually receive less collegial feedback because the class will have already moved on to the next module. However, the instructor will still provide feedback and grade the assignment.
How large are the class sizes?
Each class size varies but has a maximum of 15 participants. A smaller class size creates a more personalized course experience among the instructor and the participants.
How do I register for the LEAF Institute?
For more information about our upcoming classes including start dates and cohort information, please contact us
Simply complete the online registration form. After submitting the completed form, you will receive an email confirmation. For more information or to register by phone, please contact us at 1.888.855.2250 or contact@LEAFInstitute.org.
How do I pay for my course?
What are the payment terms?
To review the LEAF Institute payment terms in detail, click here
I need an invoice or a receipt for my course. How can I get one?