Modern Professional Learning: Connecting PLCs With PLNs

The CoolCatTeacher

Modern professional learning links the Professional Learning Community (PLC) with the Professional Learning Network (PLN). Here is the beginning of the article, the rest is here on Edutopia. The Professional Learning Community.

How Micro-Credentials Support Professional Learning

edWeb.net

The goal of micro-credentials, according to Younge, is to capture the educator demonstrating these skills and provide their schools with evidence of the professional learning. While not a traditional learning module, micro-credentials have several characteristics in common.

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5 Tips That Foster Collaborative Professional Learning

EdTech Magazine

5 Tips That Foster Collaborative Professional Learning. Leveraging new technology for professional learning requires some creative thinking — and it also takes money. A few years ago, a group at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte received a grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction that paid for notebooks and software for creating a professional development program for elementary school teachers.

LEARN with Marginal Syllabus (January): Generative Principles for Professional Learning for Equity-Oriented Urban English Teachers

Educator Innovator

Our January reading for Literacy, Equity + Remarkable Notes = LEARN investigates the experiences of three early-career secondary English teachers in urban settings who sought professional development opportunities to support teaching for social justice. This is the third month of LEARN, a Marginal Syllabus co-developed with the National Writing Project (NWP) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Why These Educators Meet Regularly to Align Instruction with Mind, Brain, and Education Research

Edsurge

The “Getting to Know and Love Your Brain” poster on her wall, which read “breathe deep into your belly to stay calm and help your PFC (prefrontal cortex) think clearly,” prompted her first graders to get their brains ready for learning. Nina Radcliffe’s teaching practice was changing.

This Is How It Feels To Meet Your Online Students In-Person

EdNews Daily

Have you ever wondered what it can feel like to meet some of your online students in-person? I remember that one of the parents mentioned how it was a great experience being able to meet the other families in person and discuss their experiences.

The Case for Coaching Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

Initially, I resisted but then decided that this could be an excellent opportunity to connect with more kids and hopefully in the process pass along some of the life lessons that I learned from my former coaches. Coaching educational leadership Leadership professional learning

Why Connect?

A Principal's Reflections

I was honored to have been interviewed for Educational Leadership, ASCD's flagship magazine, on the power of Twitter as part of a Personal Learning Network (PLN). You can read the article HERE. As my focus shifted from communication to learning that is when I saw unlimited potential.

How a Principal Uses edWeb to Personalize PD

edWeb.net

In May, when edWeb.net surveyed principals, personalized professional development for teachers was the number one topic of interest. ” edWeb used as a platform for professional development is done fairly regularly in South Park Elementary Center.

So We Flipped Our Staff Meetings and…

Turning Learning On Its Head

Do you think you could integrate the concepts of the flipped classroom to optimize student learning time?”. How much input do you give you students in choosing what, where, and how they learn?” . These ‘sit and get’ meetings were information, one-sided presentation meetings.

Five Steps to Empowering Educators with Evidence

edWeb.net

to determine what programs will assist with meeting learning goals. Step 3 – Learn the basics (about ESSA levels). The Clearinghouse not only provides access to programs that meet the different ESSA criteria, but users receive further guidance on successful implementation.

Implementing an Effective Learner-Centered Approach

edWeb.net

and Symon Hayes of Altitude Learning explained how using a learner-centered process prepares administrators and teachers to implement the same approach with their students. Application to Professional Learning. This edWeb webinar was sponsored by Altitude Learning.

It Takes a (Whole) School

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. They spoke of the deep satisfaction they derived from helping students meet their challenges. To read more research-based articles on education, visit Usable Knowledge.

10 Ways To Naturally Support Teacher Collaboration

TeachThought - Learn better.

Most schools now have online learning management systems, including Blackboard, Moodle, and Edmodo are just a few. It’s a way of acknowledging and honoring the achievements of my colleagues, and also an opportunity for me to learn, too—and that’s inspirational.

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3 Months, 3 Micro-credentials, 1 Teacher: Building Performance Assessment Capacity in Georgia

Digital Promise

Kimberly Sheppard is a personalized learning coach for Henry County Schools in Georgia. In that capacity, she is participating—along with eighty or so of her Henry County colleagues—in the Assessment for Learning micro-credential project , led by the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE).

An Open Letter to Teachers About Online Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

This means learning online has become one of the most popular approaches to education. Done right, you don’t have to give up the collaboration, camaraderie, and new friends to get the passion of learning, the huzzah of amazing knowledge, and the high of improving yourself.

Developing a “National Geographic Explorer” Mindset in the Classroom

Digital Promise

I would attend a workshop or read an article on a new teaching technique, and I’d be excited about new ideas, but then struggle to find opportunities and resources to implement them. Other times, I would stick some student work in my professional portfolio and move on to the next unit.

Remote Learning Teaching Tips

A Principal's Reflections

With little to no training or preparation, they have stepped up to keep learning going. A recent eSchool News article highlighted that most teachers don’t feel fully prepared for remote learning. Like teachers, they are working crazy hours to help keep learning going.

Check Your Tech Before You Select Your Tech

Digital Promise

Leveraging Professional Learning Communities to Discover Impactful Tech. These questions include: How did I learn about this technology? Do I know anyone in my immediate professional community that has used it with students?

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Making Your Teaching Something Special: 50 Simple Ways to Become a Better Teacher

EdTechTeam

At the end of each “Area” there is a series of questions for educators to discuss and explore, be it for a staff meeting, a study group, or an administrative team meeting. When you finish reading (or now), have a look at Hurley’s non-profit nextvista.org and get your students involved in creating high-quality learning resources that can be used by others. How do we quickly learn names and deal with feeling embarrassed about forgetting? professional learning network).

Last Chance to Join Tech-infused Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

The 21 st Century classroom blends technology with traditional teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. This three-week course (July 10-July 30) digs into the digital ideas and tools used by innovative teachers to extend and enrich student learning.

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Fall VirtCon 2016 - free online conference from Discovery Education - Oct 22

Educational Technology Guy

Fall VirtCon Themes During Fall VirtCon’s ‘Discovery Education in Action’ program you will learn how your peers are using Discovery Education in their classroom, hear how they solve problems, and experience Discovery Education through their eyes.

Let’s do the Time Warp Again- EdTechTeam Summit Signposts

EdTechTeam

Shortly after the summit, over the Thanksgiving holiday, he shared some of the cool things he had learned! I really look back at this experience as one that jump-started my professional learning. It is a testament to the learning opportunities that are available to educators these days that I was able to learn so much and even change my career path in just a few short years! Article Summit

Making Time vs Finding Time

A Principal's Reflections

At one point or another, we have all used the time excuse when it comes to our professional work. Lesson planning, grading, meeting with students before/after school, running clubs, and coaching all take up a great deal of their time as well. Consider flipping your faculty meetings.

Don't Mistake Simple Sharing for Collective Action.

Center for Teacher Quality Ed Tech

In a recent article titled Meeting the Challenge of Infusing Relevant PD in Schools , Lyle Hamm and Kevin Cormier argue that professional learning communities -- which encourage colleagues to relentlessly question their practice together in service of student learning -- often fail as a professional development strategy primarily because they

Subscriber Special: July

Ask a Tech Teacher

Digs deeper into digital tools used by innovative teachers to extend and enrich student learning. The 21 st Century classroom blends technology with traditional teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. 40+ Hall of Fame tech ed articles.

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We Created Subscription Boxes for Learning—and Teachers Love Them!

Edsurge

As I sat at a giant table with 15 colleagues pondering how to make professional learning more personal for our teachers, my eyes drifted to my screen. What if we could apply the subscription box model to professional learning? What if we could apply the subscription box model to professional learning?” I had recently been asked to seek an innovative, cost-conscious way to make professional learning more personal for educators.

Last Chance to Join Tech-infused Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

The 21 st Century classroom blends technology with traditional teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. This three-week course (July 11-July 31) is a follow-on to the introductory class, Tech-infused Teacher , digging into the digital ideas and tools used by innovative teachers to extend and enrich student learning. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Professional Learning Network. Your Personal Learning Network.

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What Makes Professional Development Work?

edWeb.net

“Don’t call it professional development—call it professional learning.” It is not easy for teachers to thrive and to grow when teacher professional development is irrelevant, generic, and unsustainable. Effective Models of Professional Development.

Turn the Page: Looking Beyond the Textbook for Culturally-Responsive Curriculum

Edsurge

Recently, Education Week published an article describing culturally-questionable activities and language found in Studies Weekly , a social studies curriculum used by more than 13,000 schools across the country. Are we requiring DEI professional learning and development for our team members?

The Key Role of Tech in Accessibility for All

edWeb.net

However, the goal is always the same: making sure that every student, at every level (classroom, building, district), has access to the resources they need to meet their learning goals. This article was modified and published by eSchool News. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

Use Analytics to Quantify Educational Technology’s Effectiveness and Risks

EdTech Magazine

If use is lower than expected, it could be a sign that a particular resource is unhelpful or unintuitive, that teachers don’t see value in it or that they need more professional learning to unlock its potential. Use Analytics to Quantify Educational Technology’s Effectiveness and Risks.

Supporting Students with Autism in the Classroom: What Teachers Need to Know

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Students with autism often present unique challenges to schools, and teachers can often find it difficult to meet their needs effectively. Teachers, then, need to have a better understanding of autism and how it may affect learning. Research shows the importance of understanding the link between academic learning and social and emotional competence. Read the original article.

Broadband Provides More Equitable Access to Education and Workforce Preparation

edWeb.net

Digital learning not only plays a crucial role in preparing today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow, it also has an important role in providing equity and access to education, especially in smaller and remote school districts. Links to Local Learning. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

Using @RemindHQ For Leadership

The Web20Classroom

Besides the obvious ways of posting meetings, reminders, and events, use the Voice Memo feature to send short, personalized, audio updates. Staff Reminders and Meetings-I''ve written about flipping meetings in the past.