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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Using your 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.

North Carolina School Districts Adopt IM Certified Professional Learning

techlearning

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.

5 Ways To Bring SEL Into Edtech Classroom Use

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Mark Sparvell cites current research about what students really want in their classroom and how social-emotional learning relates to education technology.

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Creating Future Ready Schools and Classrooms

Tom Murray

How can schools and districts systemically create a vision of teaching and learning that’s personal, authentic, relevant, and harnesses the power of technology? FRS) , is helping thousands of schools create these types of learning experiences for kids.

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.

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. Ken Dirkin Dirkin is the Director of Online Professional Learning at Michigan Virtual , a nonprofit provider of digital learning solutions for the state’s K-12 schools. The organization has been providing LMS-based professional learning for the state’s educators since 2004. “We

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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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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.

Ideas for Developing Your Global Professional Learning Network

The 21st Century Principal

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. Blogging has served to accentuate the connections in my professional learning network in many ways. Blogging instructional technology professional learning network twitter

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

techlearning

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. IM Certified Professional Learning is tightly aligned with what we’re teaching, so it’s very timely.

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.

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.

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.

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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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. If you’re looking for a non-Google Classroom alternative, here are four: Microsoft Teams.

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

NeverEndingSearch

SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning.

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.

22 districts join network of innovative school systems

eSchool News

The League’s goal is to find leaders pioneering bold, creative, and student-centric practices, connect them with each other, and amplify what they do best so others can learn,” said Sara Schapiro, director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools.

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.

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

Nationwide, we see a trend where school leaders are rushing to implement 1:1, with little to no systemic implementation plan, or long-term vision for a shift in instructional pedagogy or mindset. Begin with the Why and Focus on Learning Outcomes. Personalize Professional Learning.

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

techlearning

- 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

techlearning

-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.

Transforming the Classroom with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Across our nation and our world, new developments are transforming the way students learn. Whether in rural or urban settings, or on small or large campuses, digital tools are enhancing learning and allowing educators to personalize instruction.

TEACHER VOICE: Three classroom trends gain ground

The Hechinger Report

It’s the middle of my first year back in the classroom after a year away as the 2017 National Teacher of the Year. While on my journey, I observed three patterns in particular that I’d like to share: Teacher leadership, social and emotional learning, and fellowship.

It Takes a (Whole) School

Digital Promise

SCHOOLS AS OPEN SYSTEMS — OR CLOSED. In an “open-system” approach, leaders are inclined to acknowledge more explicitly that schools operate within a context of broader challenges and needs. The Organizational Supports Teachers Need to Serve in High-Poverty Urban Schools.

Quickly Turn Comments into Clear Professional Goals with New Edthena Commitments

Edthena

And somewhere within this busy schedule, teachers are also participating in professional learning to continually increase their effectiveness. Our own desire is to help teachers take these next steps from good idea to in-classroom action.

10 Augmented Reality Apps for the Classroom

edWeb.net

In her presentation, “Creating Classroom Content in Augmented Reality,” she gave attendees some inside help on which apps to use in the classroom. They can explore the body’s systems and get a deeper understanding of anatomy.

Stopping Out-of-Control Classroom Behavior From the Start

edWeb.net

If teachers don’t have a system in place for addressing that behavior from the beginning of the year, they will appear to have a lack of credibility and authority. and TechTools for the Classroom communities on edWeb.net.

Discovery Educator Network Announces 2018-2019 Leadership Council Members

techlearning

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.

5 Ways to Transform Your Classroom into a Voyage of Discovery with Sarah Reed

The CoolCatTeacher

Show Sponsor: PowerSchool This summer, PowerSchool announced the Unified Classroom. The Unified Classroom brings together the teacher’s grade book, learning management system, student information system, and assessment in one powerful platform with just one log in.