Who are we?

Beacon Educator is a provider of high-quality online professional learning based on current educational research and best practices. Districts throughout the United States accept our professional development courses for in-service points that meet their teacher certification or recertification requirements.

We are passionate about providing educators with standards-based resources and professional development to enhance pedagogy and student learning.

Meet Our Faculty and Staff

History of Beacon Educator

In 1997, Beacon began as a district initiative funded through state and federal grants. Bay District Schools, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Florida Department of Education sponsored the Beacon Learning Center to design and develop high-quality, standards-based resources and professional development for educators. Beacon received funding to perform the work from the U.S. Department of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grant (2000–2005), Technology Literacy Challenge Fund (1997–2000), Florida Goals 2000 (1998–99), and several Florida Department of Education grants (2002–2003).

In 2006, Beacon Learning Center (also known as Beacon Educator) became a self-supporting, internet-based enterprise of Bay District Schools. Bay District Schools is a public school district in Panama City, Florida. Facilitators for Beacon are in various states, such as Florida and Georgia, and even overseas in Germany.

Today Beacon Educator takes pride in our continuing efforts to stay abreast of the ever changing and evolving needs of the education community for professional learning.

What do we offer?

Affordable
Earn PD hours at a great rate.
Immediate Access
Once registered, access content from anywhere.
Flexible Pace
Learn at a pace that works for you.
Comply with Standards
Courses meet national standards & federal mandates.
Endorsement Courses
FL Endorsements available: Reading, ESOL, Gifted, & Autism.
Courses
Facilitated to offer an optimal learning experience.
Modules
Non-facilitated units of study on a variety of topics.

Companion Sites

Beacon Learning Center - Access standards-based lesson and unit plans created by teachers for teachers.
Reading Educator - Investigate a collection of proven reading strategies and their application in the four major academic content areas: language arts, math, science, and the social sciences.
Just Science Now! - Explore methods for teaching science through inquiry. The website provides a clear definition and list of qualities for inquiry methods, effective questioning techniques, and sample lesson plans implementing inquiry.

Supporting Education Since 2003

Users
Served
73.2
THOUSAND
States
Served
38
Hours
Delivered
7.5
MILLION
Current
Courses
58
Current
Modules
48