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.

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.

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). We learned a lot and had some awesome conversations together!

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.

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.

4 Easy Ways To Improve Professional Learning

The Web20Classroom

For me it was learning where I connected to the presenter and the presentation immediately. And where the presenter helped me make connections to what I was learning and why it was important. The purpose is to bring all voices to the table to learn and grow together.

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. To learn more about Kettle Moraine’s micro-credential program, check out this blog post.

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.

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. 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. I find myself quickly getting wrapped up in coding in the classroom, makerspaces, technology integration, and so on.

3 Simple Questions To Shape Professional Learning

The Principal of Change

I have often heard that there are two types of professional learning experiences; a “warm bath” or a “cold shower.” In my opinion, great professional learning should be a combination of both. This is what shifts learning to action.

How Twitter Can Power Your Professional Learning

EdTech Magazine

Classroom Internet Management Online Learning Professional Development Social MediaBy Matt Renwick Overloaded with Twitter? Stem your tweet flow with advice from Principal Matt Renwick.

9 Ways to Upgrade Professional Learning in Your District

Tom Murray

The notion of “effective professional learning” is something that has been discussed for decades. A comparison in the philosophies of today’s school districts yields results that falls across a continuum of who controls the learning. Learning Should be Anytime, Anywhere. .

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. As the spark , I explain the WHY behind blended learning.

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 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.

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.

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.

FreshGrade Creates Professional Learning Center

techlearning

FreshGrade the portfolio and assessment platform announces its Professional Learning Center?. The resources in the Professional Learning Center can be accessed at any time on any device and features a mass-enrollment option for easy implementation for principals and teachers.

[PL Summit Series] Activating Professional Learning through Personalization

Education Elements

Earlier this year, Digital Promise and the Center for Teaching Quality co-authored a paper on how micro-credentials help drive teacher learning and leadership. In it, we discuss the challenges teachers face in the classroom to ensure that all students’ learning needs are met. To do so, educators must engage in ongoing professional growth. However, evidence suggests that current professional development does not meet educators’ needs.

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!

Palm Trees and Professional Learning

Buncee

I was so excited about sharing my love for Buncee and to meet and learn from so many educators that inspire me daily. One tool that he shared that I can’t wait to learn more about is Empatico. The post Palm Trees and Professional Learning appeared first on Buncee Blog.

How to make best use of a Professional Learning Network (PLN)

techlearning

As  the Educational Technology Coach and a District Personalized Learning Coach for Verona Area High School, in Verona, Wisconsin, a key part of my role is supporting my colleagues as they learn to integrate technology into the classroom.  In

A State-Wide Model for Online Professional Learning

edWeb.net

The GaDOE Social Studies Department and three of their virtual specialists presented an edWebinar on their three-year journey in creating and maintaining virtual learning communities for social studies for every grade level and course from K through 12. The impact on student learning.

10 Reasons Every Teacher Needs A Professional Learning Network

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 10 Reasons Every Teacher Needs A Professional Learning Network appeared first on TeachThought. The Future Of Learning Experienced Teacher General pln Social Media In The Classroom

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.

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.).

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.

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.

10 steps to developing a powerful professional-learning culture

eSchool News

Professional learning in many districts must undergo radical reform, from a model that’s outdated and ineffective to one that’s personal, empowering, and owned by the learner. Learn alongside your staff members and model expectations for them. “Be the leader you wish you had.”

12 Professional Learning Curriculum Buckets for Teaching and Learning with Tech

More Verbs

As we think about our teachers becoming highly skilled at using technology in the classroom, we could certainly generate a very long list of skills, approaches, tools, apps, strategies, and other competences we’d like them to get good at. Make learning progressions clear?

Integration of Digital Badges to Acknowledge Professional Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The following is cross-posted at Laura Fleming''s blog titled Worlds of Learning. Laura is the new media specialist at NMHS and has been challenged to develop innovative ways to create structures to recognize informal learning of both teachers and students. I am proud to announce Worlds of Learning @ New Milford High School , a digital badge professional learning platform. The badges will also of course be showcased on the Worlds of Learning @ NMHS site.

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 Collaboration for Professional Learning?

My Island View

After being involved in social media for over a decade, I have made a few observations that might be helpful to folks who use social media, more specifically Twitter, to develop and maintain a Personal Learning Network. I started my Twitter account with a plan and focus to use it to develop collegial sources for my professional learning. Using Twitter for professional learning requires a collaborative mindset.