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.

How Twitter Can Power Your Professional Learning

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Having a good network of other educators interested in the same topics and issues you are is a strong approach to powering your professional learning. Twitter and other social media can help feed that learning and build your network. Principal Matt Renwick writes about how Twitter can be overwhelming, but smart use of Twitter, and supporting tools, can fuel your professional learning network (PLN). Full Article.

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.

How This Teacher Builds A Professional Learning Community Online

EdNews Daily

This is the first article in our series about building professional learning communities for online teachers. If you are thinking about teaching online, or would like to learn from your education colleagues, you will find a great resource here.

Connecting Personalized Professional Learning to a Bigger Purpose

The Principal of Change

” “Personalized Learning” for educators is something that is gaining more traction in education, and rightfully so. I am not saying that educators shouldn’t learn on their own time at any point, as all professionals that excel in their job will find time to do so.

The 13-Strategy Checklist to Invite Diversity Into Professional Learning Opportunities

The Innovative Educator

When I returned from the International Society for Technology Educators ( #ISTE17 ), I shared in an article that I was disappointed in the lack of diversity in I experienced. Learn from and converse with a diverse collection of colleagues by following, liking, and responding to them.

Why being in a Professional Learning Network (PLN) is essential for the growth of a 21st century teacher.

Linways Technologies

A community, in this sense, would be a Professional Learning Network (PLN) for teachers. It is a community that exists on mutual share and learn of information. The learning happens in the form of feedback, insights, documentation, new contacts, or new business opportunities.

When professional learning isn’t your choice…

Reading By Example

As teachers, we have all had times when we have been asked to participate in mandated professional learning. For me, this type of learning reminds me of what our students must feel each day. What did I learn? individualizing the learning.

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).

Getting the Most from Collaboration Tools

edWeb.net

In her presentation, “ Collaboration Near and Far in Digital Professional Learning Communities,” Geri Gillespy, Administrator of Digital Integration at West Ada School District in ID, talked about how to get the most out of online collaboration programs.

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Take Charge of Your Own PL This Summer!

MiddleWeb

Herding educators together for one-size-fits-all professional development often misses the mark of teachers’ real work, says Emily Vickery. Teachers now have tools to tailor their own professional learning "to maximize our growth."

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). This article was modified and published by EdScoop. edWeb Blog ESSA Evidence-Based Decisions online professional learning professional learning

3 Ways to Encourage Shared Teacher Learning

MiddleWeb

Ongoing shared professional learning helps bolster teachers' willingness to embrace change and collaborate. Barbara Blackburn and Ron Williamson highlight three targeted activities: learning walks, lesson studies, and a strategy to develop consistent expectations.

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.

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

Learning Transformed Course

A Principal's Reflections

The reaction to Learning Transformed has been truly humbling. All of these experiences empowered us to think about and then create a deep learning experience that could be easily accessible to all educators across the globe.

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Live Tuesday August 30th (Early Time) with Richard and Rebecca DuFour on Professional Learning Communities to Improve Schools

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Tuesday, August 30th, at an earlier-than-normal time for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Richard and Rebecca DuFour on using Professional Learning Communities to improve schools.

Explore Easy to Use Teaching Tools This Summer

MiddleWeb

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New Teachers: Look for PD in Everyday Life

MiddleWeb

NBCT Roxanna Elden suggests real-life activities that might improve teaching more than the PowerPoint-driven professional development in the auditorium. The elements of good instruction can be found in many experiences that are already a part of daily life.

Why Becoming an NBCT May Be Right for You

MiddleWeb

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Update from readingbyexample.com: An article, a post, an opportunity, and a reading celebration

Reading By Example

Check out an article I wrote for EdTech K-12 , on how to use this social media tool for better professional learning: How Twitter Can Power Your Professional Learning. For more information about this professional learning opportunity , click here.

12 Daily Touchstones Can Improve Our Teaching

MiddleWeb

Bryan Goodwin & Elizabeth Ross Hubbell make a compelling argument that teachers can improve their impact on student learning by using a "do-confirm" checklist based on 12 essential daily touchstones that represent current research on what works best.

It Takes a (Whole) School

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. develop and consistently follow school-wide policies to promote orderly and disciplined learning environments as an important corrective to instability outside school grounds.

Make This Summer One to Remember

MiddleWeb

Whether it's daring adventure or professional growth, here's how to motivate yourself. Articles Summer Plans Frank Buck goal setting professional learning summer break summer plansWhat will you say you did this summer?

4 terrific teacher communities for summer PD

eSchool News

The summer break is a great time for teachers to take advantage of those professional development (PD) opportunities that are hard to fit in during the school year. We put together a list of our favorite online professional learning networks (PLNs) for you to check out over the break.

Looking at Student Work Across Grades & Classes

MiddleWeb

Articles Looking at Student Work cross-grade collaboration Florence Middle School Jill Edwards LASW protocols professional learning teacher collaborationTeachers at Florence (AL) Middle School use common planning time to discuss many instructional strategies. Once a month they look at student work together, across grades and subjects. Here, instructional coach Jill Edwards shares six video clips and related resources.

Get the Dogs & Ponies Out of Learning Walks

MiddleWeb

Here she shares tips that will help principals, coaches and others who do "Learning Walks" set the stage for authentic observations of student and teacher work. Articles Learning Walks Classroom Walkthroughs coaching feedback learning walk observation professional learning Suzy Pepper RollinsConsultant Suzy Pepper Rollins loves dogs and ponies, but she's not eager to see them in the classroom.

It Takes More Than Passion! Our Young Girls Need Resilience to Thrive!

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View the original article to see embedded media. I also learned this term from Sarah Thomas who does this with EduMatch. Professional Development Professional Learning Network Women News TL Advisor Blog“And though she be but little, she is fierce.”-

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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Sustaining School Innovation Year After Year

MiddleWeb

Lasting change requires leaders to share ownership and invest long-term in professional learning support. Innovation efforts never cease in today's high-stakes school environment. But effort isn't enough, say leadership experts Ron Williamson & Barbara Blackburn.

What does great coaching look like?

Insight Education Group

In recent years, instructional coaching has emerged as one of the most effective forms of professional learning. When systems are aligned and implemented with fidelity, instructional coaching can support and build momentum towards the school's larger goals for teaching and learning. #4.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. Comparing Articles : Students determine whether a news story or a sponsored post is more reliable.

3 Ways to Expand Your PLN This Summer

Indiana Jen

When it finally arrives, summer is an important time for busy educators and allows them to relax, recharge, and often work on honing their craft in both formal and informal professional development. Check out this article to help you get started.

3 Ways to Expand Your PLN This Summer

Indiana Jen

When it finally arrives, summer is an important time for busy educators and allows them to relax, recharge, and often work on honing their craft in both formal and informal professional development. Check out this article to help you get started.

Four Summer Strategies for School Leaders

MiddleWeb

Summer offers a rare opportunity for principals to devote ample time to their own professional learning, say Ron Williamson and Barbara Blackburn.

Exploring Micro-credentials and Education Policy in the United States

Digital Promise

In this series, we take a closer look inside our new paper, “ Micro-credentials and Education Policy in the United States: Recognizing Learning and Leadership for Our Nation’s Teachers.”. Micro-credentials will become a more attractive form of professional development.

Must Read Educational Sites for Summer

Indiana Jen

Edutopia – Edutopia was founded by the George Lucas Education Foundation to provide a place to share evidence-based practices and programs that help students learn. They cover topics from professional development to digital citizenship initiatives. They report on current events, publish articles, and touch on pedagogical practice. MindShift KQED – MindShift focuses on innovative practices in teaching and learning.

Must Read Educational Sites for Summer

Indiana Jen

Edutopia – Edutopia was founded by the George Lucas Education Foundation to provide a place to share evidence-based practices and programs that help students learn. They cover topics from professional development to digital citizenship initiatives. They report on current events, publish articles, and touch on pedagogical practice. MindShift KQED – MindShift focuses on innovative practices in teaching and learning.

Rethinking Professional Development to be Proficiency-Based

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It is interesting to collaborate with other districts and education initiatives, and hear frustrations about how much they have invested in professional development – how many sessions they have provided – and how it has resulted in very little change in practice.