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.

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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New Micro-credentials for Summer Professional Learning

Digital Promise

As part of our robust micro-credential ecosystem, we proudly partner with organizations to provide opportunities for personalized professional learning. This stack includes: Conducting a Needs Assessment for Digital Learning. Developing a Virtual Desk for Digital Learning.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

edWeb 2020 Teacher Professional Learning Survey Copy

edWeb.net

edWeb is a professional learning network that provides teachers and all educators with free online professional learning communities and edWebinars. edWeb makes it possible for educators to participate in personalized, collaborative learning – anytime, anywhere.

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.

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.

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.

How to use an LMS for teaching and professional learning

eSchool News

Picture this: You roll out a new learning management system (LMS) for students, but all of your professional learning is either hosted on a different platform or conducted in person with notes shared via email afterward.

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MobileMind Launches the Industry’s First Crowd-Sourced Professional Learning Hub: MobileMind Community

eSchool News

ATLANTA— MobileMind , the modern professional learning hub for schools, has launched MobileMind Community, the industry’s first competency-based, crowd-sourced PD platform.

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.

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!

Professional Learning Communities: Using the 5Es to Give Teachers Agency and Maximize Productivity

Catlin Tucker

This will be easier to do if school leaders harness the talent on their campuses and create systems that encourage teachers to learn with and from each other. Professional learning should not be relegated to a handful of all-staff training days. Elaborate: Apply Your Learning.

Professional Learning: Using Video to Provide Feedback (Teaching Learning Leading K12 Podcast)

Edthena

On this episode of the Teaching Leading Learning K-12 Podcast, Edthena founder and CEO Adam Geller talked with Steve Miletto talked about all things professional learning, including how video is changing the game for giving educators feedback about their teaching.

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.

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.

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.

New Mexico Public Education Department Names Curriculum Associates to Its High-Quality Professional Learning Marketplace List for 2021

eSchool News

July 6, 2021— The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) recently named Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Classroom Mathematics and Ready Reading programs to its High-Quality Professional Learning (HQPL) Marketplace List for 2021. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

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.

MindSpark Learning® Acquires Couragion to Disrupt the Landscape of Workforce Development, Career Literacy, and Professional Learning

eSchool News

— MindSpark Learning ® (MindSpark ), a nonprofit that delivers extraordinary and sustainable learning experiences for educators and professionals, announced today the acquisition of Couragion , a leading provider of STEM career literacy and workforce development solutions.

[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.