Dance instructor and owner of the Dancer's Extension studio in North Carolina, Sonya Monts, has been awarded the first-ever Certificate in Dance Education (CiDE) from NDEO's Online Professional Development Institute. The CiDE credential is conferred on a student candidate who successfully completes 33 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in Dance Education through the NDEO OPDI. The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) launched the Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI) to offer online dance education courses featuring pedagogy, teaching methods, history, assessments, research and much more to dance educators seeking continuing education. The Certificate in Dance Education (CiDE) supports all dance educators working in diverse teaching environments, promotes lifelong learning, enhances credentials, and attests to a well-rounded training experience, all of which inevitably benefit the students of the dance educator who earns a Certificate in Dance Education.
"The OPDI has helped me to grow as a dance educator and has greatly broadened my perspectives, goals, and inspirations. I feel that it is tremendously important for my students to witness the quest to continue my education, and to be a part of my learning. The OPDI instructors are role models to me, and I am in turn a role model for my students." Ms. Monts, like many other OPDI participants, took the online lessons directly to her own students so that they also could receive the knowledge the OPDI has to offer from nationally recognized leaders in the field of dance education. "The end result from the OPDI program is stronger education in dance arts for our students", stated Ms. Monts.
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