Efficacy in Professional Learning

A Principal's Reflections

At the individual level, intrinsic motivation drives educators to actively seek opportunities that support their diverse learning interests and needs. I have written in the past about the need to move from professional development (PD) to professional learning.

6 Ways to Improve Professional Learning

A Principal's Reflections

No matter your position in education, you have gone through some form of professional development. The bottom line is that all educators yearn for quality professional learning as opposed to development that leads to sustained improvements in teaching, learning, and leadership. The image below from Katie Martin sums up nicely what educators want out of professional learning. Below are a few lessons learned. Palo Alto, CA: Learning Policy Institute.

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Professional Learning in a Pandemic

Digital Promise

With schools closed and social distancing orders in place due to COVID-19, micro-credentials —which are online and on-demand—allow educators to continue their professional learning without leaving their homes. Micro-credentials support timely topics like distance learning.

Rethinking Professional Learning for Technology Initiatives

edWeb.net

Why should professional learning be a part of every technology initiative? Because of equity, said the three leading superintendents on the edLeader Panel, “ Creating and Leading a Professional Team of Lifelong Learners.” Watch the Recording Listen to the Podcast.

10 Reasons Every Teacher Needs A Professional Learning Network

TeachThought - Learn better.

A personal learning network is a group of people you connect with to learn from through their ideas, questions, backgrounds, and references. The post 10 Reasons Every Teacher Needs A Professional Learning Network appeared first on TeachThought.

25 professional learning conversation stations

Dangerously Irrelevant

This past Thursday I created 25 professional learning ‘conversation stations’ for my principal licensure students. I printed them all out and spread them around our classroom (which is a school library). The idea was to expose our preservice administrators at the University of Colorado Denver to a variety of ways to foster and facilitate adult learning beyond schools’ traditional, moribund professional development sessions.

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. These individuals either excelled at some level, whether professional or collegiate, or they are a master teacher when it comes to knowledge, ideas, and strategy as to how to take a group of individuals and help them succeed as a team. Quality professional learning takes time and goes well beyond one and done.

Making Professional Learning Count

Digital Promise

According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, states and school systems spend $18 billion annually on professional development for educators in the United States, and almost all teachers participate in some form of professional development. Additionally, the vast majority of states require educators to participate in professional development to earn or maintain their teaching credentials. Are you interested in learning more about micro-credentials?

New Micro-credentials for Back-to-School Professional Learning

Digital Promise

As part of our robust micro-credential ecosystem, we proudly partner with organizations to provide opportunities for on-demand, personalized professional learning. 21st Century Learning Through Global Education. The Modern Classrooms Project.

New Professional Learning Opportunities with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

As part of our robust, on-demand micro-credential ecosystem, we are proud to partner with organizations and educators to develop rigorous, research-backed micro-credentials that support educator professional development and recognition of their skills. Scaffolding Learning to Support Refugee Students focuses on implementing scaffolds to assure learning is both accessible and meaningful to students.

3 tips for maximizing the impact of professional learning

eSchool News

It’s one thing to attend a professional learning or instructional coaching session—but taking what you’ve learned and putting it into action is another. My time as a classroom educator helped me realize a passion for helping fellow teachers learn and grow.

How Are Educators Continuing Powerful Professional Learning Online?

Digital Promise

The Edcamp Community supports educators to organize and participate in participant-driven professional learning designed by and for educators. Navigate changing norms online and in physical classrooms. The post How Are Educators Continuing Powerful Professional Learning Online?

4 Easy Ways To Improve Professional Learning

The Web20Classroom

Professional learning for educators comes in many flavors: Face-to-face, blended, online Content-driven, instructional practices, Edtech focused Faculty meeting, half-day, conference session If we were all to think long enough we could come up with a list of the best professional learning we've participated in and what made it great. For me it was learning where I connected to the presenter and the presentation immediately.

Alabama Expands Use of LETRS Professional Learning Course Statewide

eSchool News

16, 2021) – Lexia® Learning, a Cambium Learning® Group company, announced today that all schools throughout Alabama can now boost literacy instruction via LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) professional learning. About Lexia Learning.

Using the Learner Variability Navigator for Professional Learning

Digital Promise

Why is it so important to have a strong research base to our web app, the Learner Variability Navigator (LVN), and its factors of learning? All of these factors interact to impact a child’s readiness to learn when they come into the classroom.

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. To make this shift, we need to design a system that develops “POWERful” adult learners as well, who are active participants in their learning experiences. Micro-credentials show great promise in allowing educators a voice in their professional learning.

Micro-credentials and COVID-19: Supporting Professional Learning When Schools are Closed

Digital Promise

In the last month, our teaching and learning environment has been upended. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, districts and educators have been tasked with shifting teaching and learning online, and many are seeking resources to support learning in this new environment.

Model What You Preach: Pedagogy at the Heart of Professional Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Thus, I basically just shared what my teachers and students were doing at New Milford High School (NJ) and the evidence that showed how our implementations of innovative ideas were improving student outcomes as well as teaching, learning, and leadership practices.

Wayne Township Schools: Districtwide Professional Learning with edWeb

edWeb.net

Wayne Township Public Schools in Passaic County, NJ has recently been recognized as one of the best school districts in America to teach and learn. Until May 2021, Leigh was a one-person team with professional development training responsibilities for 15 schools within the district.

7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning

Tom Murray

This is the second post in a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. All of these organizations are shifting the needle and rocking professional learning nationwide. Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages. This resource is sure to jumpstart your next professional learning or team building activity!

Free interactive professional learning suite

eSchool News

IBM AI Education: mindSpark Learning and IBM partnered to create this free, interactive professional learning suite of online experiences to guide educators through AI’s foundational concepts and K-12 classroom connections.

Effective Technology Professional Learning: Leading and Collaborating to Assure Success

edWeb.net

Despite decades of existing research, most professional development programs fail to adhere to established criteria for effectiveness. Moore says that before any rollout of sustainable and effective professional learning, there are four factors that school leaders must consider.

Cicero School District 99 Adopts Lexia LETRS Professional Learning Programs

eSchool News

BOSTON (June 29, 2022) – Cicero School District 99 in Illinois has adopted Lexia LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) professional learning programs for its teachers and administrators. About Lexia Learning. About Cambium Learning Group.

Can Professional Learning Improve Your ST Math Implementation?

MIND Research Institute

When it comes to maximizing your ST Math implementation, providing your educators with added support from ST Math’s professional learning (PL) team can give your school or district greater learning outcomes. Learn From the ST Math Experts.

How Edtech for Teachers Helps Collaboration and Professional Learning

Edthena

There are plenty of reasons and ways to use edtech with students in the classroom, but what about edtech for teachers? The author of Ed Tech Essentials and founder of Class Tech Tips encourages educators to use tech tools for their own professional learning.

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. When I read that Google Classroom was open to everyone, I was most excited by the possibility of bringing together educators from different school systems for professional learning. Note that the color scheme of the classroom is automatically generated from the photo you upload.

Professional Learning: Keeping A Balance

Class Tech Integrate

I know that I'm in the right profession, because when I learn I get excited. I share what I learn to twitter, voxer, this blog, as well as other mediums. However, if I'm being honest with myself, I begin to admit that I don't keep a good balance of learning about all of the aspects of my profession. I find myself quickly getting wrapped up in coding in the classroom, makerspaces, technology integration, and so on.

How to Build an Online Professional Learning Community Through Respect

EdNews Daily

Learn about building online professional learning communities with Merry Cora, 51Talk Teaching Specialist. In this piece, she shares her experience working for 51Talk, and how she built an online professional learning community through respect and politeness. Students young and old are learning English through 51Talk every day. And just like that, her professional learning community started to blossom.

Teachers Can Transform Education if We Reinvent Professional Learning

EdNews Daily

First, as schools adjust to the seismic shifts in society at large, increasingly teachers must demonstrate skills in inquiry, project-based learning, design thinking and supporting personalized learning through coaching and mentoring. Coach and Co-Learn. By Thom Markham.

Georgia Model for Virtual Professional Learning: Supporting Educators During COVID

edWeb.net

In this edWebinar, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) Social Studies team, made up of regional and district leaders, describe how their virtual learning communities on edWeb.net helped them support educators, and their students and parents, during a time of crisis.

Georgia Model for Virtual Professional Learning: Supporting Educators During COVID

edWeb.net

In this edWebinar, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) Social Studies team, made up of regional and district leaders, describe how their virtual learning communities on edWeb.net helped them support educators, and their students and parents, during a time of crisis.

Valuing Professional Learning through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Districts across the nation are exploring a new approach to professional learning to meet the evolving needs of today’s diverse classrooms and the educators who lead them. District leaders are looking to provide educators with personalized support that will identify and develop skills and practices to support powerful student learning – and micro-credentials are one such tool to meet this need.

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. I was learning so much through my experience with 51Talk, I wanted to share it with others. At the same time, I like to think about simple things teachers can use in their online classroom.

Rethinking Professional Learning: The Role of Technology

Battelle for Kids

Driving Question: How Can Schools Rethink Professional Learning to Improve School Success? Twenty-four years ago, I stepped through the doors of my first fourth grade classroom. I was a young, dedicated, new teacher ready, I thought, for the opportunities and challenges of my new classroom and hoping to bring some of my experiences and interests to my students. Volume 2, Issue 14, Number 3.

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. Much of the time in the actual PD is eaten up by tasks that can be learned outside the actual PD, freeing up the time when we do get together on more the why-to with technology PD or any type of professional development really.

Video-Powered Professional Learning (The Pulse Podcast)

Edthena

Learn more about Edthena’s start and video-powered professional learning in this conversation between Rod Murray of The Pulse podcast and Edthena founder and CEO Adam Geller. And, try out Edthena’s video coaching professional learning for yourself.

Rethinking Professional Learning to Support Adult SEL Needs

The Principal of Change

A close friend of mine had shared their dismay that a professional learning day was quickly put together when a day “on their own” to do planning was initially promised. Some did the learning from home that morning. Time away from learning.

Power Up Blended Learning: A Professional Learning Infrastructure to Support Sustainable Change

Catlin Tucker

To capitalize on this energy, most school districts organize mandatory professional development opportunities for teachers designed to teach them a new teaching strategy or introduce them to a new piece of technology. I’ve spent the better part of the summer traveling around the country leading professional development for educators as they prepare for another year. As the spark , I explain the WHY behind blended learning.

Providing Professional Learning for Classroom Technology Implementation on a Large Scale

techlearning

Cristin Kennedy, Director of Instructional Technology for Cobb County Schools in Georgia, was recently recognized for leading the way on technology implementation

Video-Powered Professional Learning (The Pulse Podcast)

Edthena

Learn more about Edthena’s start and video-powered professional learning in this conversation between Rod Murray of The Pulse podcast and Edthena founder and CEO Adam Geller. And, try out Edthena’s video coaching professional learning for yourself.