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Who Should Facilitate Professional Learning?

A Principal's Reflections

Have you ever paid money to go and watch a professional sporting event, play, or musical? Let me focus the rest of my point on professional sports. There is often a debate in physical and virtual spaces about who should facilitate professional learning for educators.

Making Professional Learning Count

Digital Promise

Jennifer is the Director of Educator Micro-credentials. Educators want and need this development for themselves and for their students. Additionally, the vast majority of states require educators to participate in professional development to earn or maintain their teaching credentials.

Powering Professional Learning Through Micro-credentials: Experiences in Wisconsin

Digital Promise

Imagine a world where every learner has the capacity and drive to learn for life. At the Institute for Personalized Learning , we focus on bringing this vision to life in our work with education leaders and practitioners. Blog Educator Micro-credentials Educators

Flipping Out For Professional Learning

The Web20Classroom

During a professional development session a while back I thought I killed someone. But it was a wake up call to me and the way I approached delivering Professional Development. Think about Professional Development, specifically technology-related PD.

Google Classroom for Professional Learning

Learning in Hand

Participation in Google Classroom used to be limited to those with G Suite for Education accounts. This is a big deal because it opens up Google Classroom to many more users and uses. I invited educators to join my Classy Graphics with Google Drawings class.

Building Confidence and Competence through Personalized Professional Learning

Digital Promise

Houston Independent School District (HISD), the largest school district in Texas, has launched PowerUp , a district-wide initiative aimed at transforming teaching and learning. To facilitate robust opportunities for personal and authentic learning, the PowerUp Initiative has provided all high school students and teachers with 1:1 laptops and access to digital content through the HUB, a district-wide learning management system. Lessons Learned.

Inquiry Based Professional Learning

The Principal of Change

What if we created professional learning opportunities that were not only engaging, but also empowered educators in the change process? If you do “Inquiry Based Learning” in your professional learning, I would love for you to leave a link in the comments.).

North Carolina School Districts Adopt IM Certified Professional Learning

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The implementation of North Carolina’s new K–8 Mathematics Standards and the move to a problem-based approach in the classroom require a significant change in practice for many educators. Click here to learn more about the Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math curriculum.

What is todays State of Teacher Professional Learning? | @CorwinPress

TeacherCast

In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast we sit down with Mike Soules and Dr. Sonja-Hollins Alexander from Corwin to discuss a recent surgery of more than 6300 educators on the state of professional development in schools today. The 7 Standards of Professional Learning.

What is todays State of Teacher Professional Learning? | @CorwinPress

TeacherCast

In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast we sit down with Mike Soules and Dr. Sonja-Hollins Alexander from Corwin to discuss a recent surgery of more than 6300 educators on the state of professional development in schools today. The 7 Standards of Professional Learning.

How Kristen Swanson Applies Her Classroom Experience to Lead ‘Professional Learning’ at Slack

Edsurge

What’s a typical day like for the director of learning at Slack, the fast-growing messaging app that aims to eliminate the need for e-mail? She began her career as a third-grade teacher, later served as director of technology for a school district, then directed a research department at BrightBytes, which helps K-12 administrators and school leaders align school spending with learning outcomes. Pull Learning'. Each learning experience is brief, targeted, and modular.

Designing a System to Support Continuous Learning

Digital Promise

In the previous post, we discussed building authentic cultures of professional learning. Today, we explore one of the design principles at the heart of micro-credentials – embracing learning as continuous process. Can I learn from someone else?"

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How an LMS Can Solve Professional Learning's Challenges—and Keep Master Teachers Engaged

Edsurge

The idea of using a learning management system (LMS) to deliver professional learning and development to K-12 educators is not new—but it’s not quite mainstream, either. Face-to-face is still the ascendant modality, but LMS-for-PD is gaining serious traction, thanks to the efforts of educational IT innovators like Ken Dirkin. Michigan Virtual has been in the online education space for two decades. How an LMS Makes Personal Learning More Efficient.

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North Carolina School Districts Turn to IM Certified Professional Learning to Help Teachers Address New Math Standards and Move to a Problem-Based Curriculum

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The implementation of North Carolina’s new K–8 Mathematics Standards and the move to a problem-based approach in the classroom require a significant change in practice for many educators. We couldn’t have done any of this without implementing IM Certified Professional Learning.”

Ideas for Developing Your Global Professional Learning Network

The 21st Century Principal

With Twitter I have connected with educators as far away as Saudi Arabia, India, and Australia. This is quite a contrast from my first classroom where I did not have a phone. The only connection to the world beyond those four walls was the intercom system, which sometimes worked and sometimes did not. And Twitter has also enabled me to connect with leaders in education that I would not have been able to network with in the past.

8 Things to Look for in Today’s Professional Learning (Part 2)

The Principal of Change

(This is the second of two parts on professional learning. It is based on the visual below that was created by Sylvia Duckworth and adapted from “ 8 Things to Look for in Today’s Classroom “ ). Connected Learning. EDCAMP professional learning day.

Equity implications of educator micro-credentialing systems

The PL2C Blog

Over the past few years, micro-credentials (MCs) for educators have become the latest trend in teacher professional development,and for good reason. Not only do educators want to earn MC, it also puts the power of professional learning back in the hand of teachers. There is a ton of potential for micro-credentials to ensure that students are sitting in classrooms with outstanding teachers. Currently, MCs are “opt-in” forms of professional learning.

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

NeverEndingSearch

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning.

Educators as Empowered Learners

Tech Helpful

I guess I might as well start this series with my soapbox message- the importance that educators continue to be learners and what that looks like in the digital age. Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.

4 Great Alternatives to Google Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

In today’s K-12 education ecosystem, most classroom management tools have moved online. The first ‘lite’ option that most educators think of is Google Classroom. It’s only free if you have a G Suite for Education account. Designed by Freepik.

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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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Micro-Credentialing: Potential New Professional Development System or Fad?

The 21st Century Principal

Last evening, while participating in an #NCED Chat, I encountered a new idea for professional development called “micro-credentialing.” I think perhaps my understanding of “Micro-credentialing” was a bit mistaken at first, because I thought it was simply a system of using “badges” to reward teachers for the various kinds of training they do, very similar to what the boyscouts do. It is this hurdle that might prove most difficult to any micro-credentialing system.

New York’s Mt. Vernon City School District Begins New Three-Year Partnership with Discovery Education Strengthening STEAM/STEM Education Across the School System

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- Unique Combination of Discovery Education’s Digital Resources and Professional Learning Services to Bolster STEAM/STEM Education in New STEAM-Focused High School and Classrooms Districtwide - Silver Spring, Md. Vernon STEAM Academy and classrooms districtwide.

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New Mexico’s Loving Municipal School District Introduces New, Systemic Approach to STEM Education Districtwide in Partnership with Discovery Education

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-Combination of Dynamic Digital Content and Sustained, Job-Embedded Professional Development to Help District Create STEM Learning Environments that Promote Students Desire to Learn and Succeed- Silver Spring, MD. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

Discovery Educator Network Invites Educators Around the Globe to Attend the 2018 Fall VirtCon

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-Virtual event provides teachers and administrators new, actionable strategies for creating dynamic digital learning environments- Silver Spring, Md. The DEN is supported by Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms.

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Getting Rid of Cemetery Style Seating in the Classroom with Bill Selak

The CoolCatTeacher

He also shares how flexible seating should go with more student voice and choice in their learning. Prepare to have your mind shift about how we sit in classrooms today! I’ve included a comparison matrix with features to help you figure out what system is best for you.

Empowering Educators of Refugees as Teachers and Learners

Digital Promise

Educators are fundamentally learners, as well as masters of assessing and adjusting learning opportunities. Unfortunately, most learning opportunities offered are static, prescriptive, or limited (and limiting)—not contextualized, personalized, or responsive.

Discovery Educator Network Announces 2018-2019 Leadership Council Members

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Educators Around the World Leading the Growth and Development of Discovery Education’s Professional Learning Network– Silver Spring, Md. The Discovery Education Network is supported by Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms.

6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design!

Kleinspiration

6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design Back to school is always an exciting time filled with rich opportunities to learn and share with colleagues, grade level teams, and friends in your professional learning network.

Explore Shared Education Challenges with the Challenge Map

Digital Promise

School districts across the country are tackling the toughest challenges in education, including kindergarten readiness, family engagement, and school redesign. The Challenge Map is designed for education leaders who are looking for resources to help address common education challenges.

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Micro-credentials: A Promising Way to Put Educators’ Skills Front and Center

Digital Promise

Brent Maddin is the Provost at the Relay Graduate School of Education, Director of TeacherSquared, and a member of the Digital Promise Micro-credential Advisory Board. Or consider an academic dean observing two teachers at his school with markedly different performance, and consequently very different professional development needs. How can this dean more effectively personalize professional development to meet each teacher where they are and help them get to where they need to be?

Florida’s Commissioner of Education Approves the Award-Winning Discovery Education Science Techbook for Classroom Use Statewide

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Discovery Education’s Techbooks are currently used by approximately 5.6 To date, 12 states have approved the Discovery Education Science Techbook for classroom use through their formal adoption process. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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The Growing Potential of Micro-Credentials

A Principal's Reflections

There is a great deal of talk these days about micro-credentials and digital badging as a means to acknowledge professional learning of educators. Micro-credentials can be used to guide, motivate, and validate informal learning.

6 Keys to a Successful 1:1 Implementation

Tom Murray

Over the past few years, as most school budgets have remained stagnant, spending in educational technology has continued to climb. As seen many times in education, district leaders find themselves buying the stuff, pushing things out to buildings, and hoping it’ll have a positive impact.

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22 districts join network of innovative school systems

eSchool News

Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools members partner with other leading educators, entrepreneurs, and researchers from across the U.S. Support research that expands what we know about teaching and learning.

Investing in leadership capacity: The amazing, wonderful District 59

Dangerously Irrelevant

Here’s what we discussed… Day 1: The Big Picture: Start With the Why – How is the innovation decade going to change learning of, by, and for young people? – Transmedia – Blended learning models – Personalization v. We also had fun as we learned.

Wisconsin’s School District of Brown Deer Launches New Professional Development Initiative in Partnership with Discovery Education

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- Latest Phase of Four Year Partnership to Focus on Implementing New Professional Learning Model Driving Continuous Improvement and Transforming Education- Silver Spring, Md. These strategies and approaches are then practiced in educator created, student-centered Learning Labs.

Fuel Education, Modern Teacher Partner to Support 21st Century Classrooms

techlearning

Fuel Education (FuelEd) and Modern Teacher today announced they are joining forces to enable their school district partners to make the transition from traditional schools to 21 century educational institutions.

Agency: Important for Students and Educators

A Principal's Reflections

Empowerment and ownership need and should be associated with learning to increase relevancy, value, meaning, and outcomes. For sustainable change and innovative practices to take hold let’s evaluate the level of educator agency in our schools.

It Takes a (Whole) School

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. SCHOOLS AS OPEN SYSTEMS — OR CLOSED. An open-system approach “can only be successful when teachers are proactively contributing to these efforts on a consistent basis,” he says.