25 professional learning conversation stations

Dangerously Irrelevant

This past Thursday I created 25 professional learning ‘conversation stations’ for my principal licensure students. 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. We learned a lot and had some awesome conversations together! Both of the main documents are editable.

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? Inquiry Based Learning” is something that I have been spending a lot of time looking into lately, not only from the perspective of how it could be done in the classroom, but for staff professional learning. If you do “Inquiry Based Learning” in your professional learning, I would love for you to leave a link in the comments.).

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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.

A State-Wide Model for Online Professional Learning


Faced with implementing new standards and inquiry-based instruction for over 180 school districts and over 30,000 social studies teachers with a department of two people, the social studies team at the Georgia Department of Education turned to virtual learning communities on edWeb.net to reach Georgia teachers and leaders. The impact on student learning. What they’ve learned over the past two years as they start year three. How do you know it’s impacting student learning?

Not By Chance: High Tech High Faculty Embrace Professional Learning

Battelle for Kids

Driving Question: Where does Professional Learning Fit in High Tech High's Commitment to Deeper Learning? In order to foster its aim of deeper learning, High Tech High teachers must become adept at building relationships, designing authentic work, and reflecting on their practice. An internal document called The High Tech High Teacher is used throughout the organization to communicate the attributes we hope to see emerge within our teachers.

edWeb’s Research-Based Practices for Personalized Professional Learning


Report prepared by Cambridge Learning Group. Rock Valley Community School District in Iowa relies on edWeb.net to support its professional development program for teachers. In each case, edWeb.net provides critical support that empowers Rock Valley leaders to implement research-based practices: Content-based professional development through edWeb.net resources applied to instruction. Active learning through structured online activities and classroom application.

15 Ways to Use Google Classroom in Professional Learning – SULS034

Shake Up Learning

The post 15 Ways to Use Google Classroom in Professional Learning – SULS034 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. But did you know, Google Classroom is also a great learning tool for adults, too? Today, I am going to share with you 15 Ways to Use Google Classroom in Professional Learning. If you are in a position where you deliver training and professional development to other educators, this episode is for you! Shake Up Learning 2019.

Shoot, I Did It Again: 3 More Ways to Implement Video in Professional Learning


More and more schools and organizations are wanting to integrate video as a professional learning tool for teachers. At Edthena , a video coaching and professional learning platform, we work with many organizations working with video for the first time. We recently offered three actionable ideas for using video coaching that we’ve learned from our own partners. Below find three more go-to ideas for using video to power teacher professional learning.

8 Things to Look for in Today’s Professional Learning (Part 1)

The Principal of Change

As I am in the process of going deeper into the topic, someone asked me if this is something that we could do in professional development. As someone who is a big believer in creating experiences for educators where they partake in the types of learning that should happen in the classroom, I thought this suggestion made total sense. To be honest with you, professional learning in many cases needs an overhaul. I reflect, therefore I learn. .

Why being in a Professional Learning Network (PLN) is essential for the growth of a 21st century teacher.

Linways Technologies

A community, in this sense, would be a Professional Learning Network (PLN) for teachers. It is a community that exists on mutual share and learn of information. A Professional Learning Network (PLN) is a community or a group people with similar interests or shared passions with whom a person interacts with to create relationships and learn. The learning happens in the form of feedback, insights, documentation, new contacts, or new business opportunities.

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. Connected Learning. Rationale: The opportunities for learning in our world today are immense and we need to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to us. This has a major impact in our learning today. What I have started to notice is that you can see some major benefits of being connected in the classroom for the learning environment of our students. Connected Learning.

Launching a New Phase of Research for Agency by Design: Exploring Documentation and Assessment Strategies for the Maker-Centered Classroom

Educator Innovator

Project Zero’s Agency by Design team is developing documentation and assessment tools for maker-centered learning and “maker empowerment”, which they see as the key to ensuring that the maker movement secures a long-term place in education and pedagogy. From 2012 to 2015, the Agency by Design research team explored the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning. The challenge of documenting and assessing maker empowerment is a tricky one.

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


These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. Webpage Comparison : Students examine two websites and select the one that they would use to begin research on gun control, assessing their ability to identify the strengths and limitations of websites for learning about political topics. Among the learning experiences on ten pages packed with lessons are: Civil Rights Movement in Context.

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. In Uncommon Learning I provide insight into Laura Fleming’s pioneering work in this area with the simple premise of acknowledging the informal learning that many educators now engage in on a daily basis. Micro-credentials can be used to guide, motivate, and validate informal learning.

Quickly Turn Comments into Clear Professional Goals with New Edthena Commitments


And somewhere within this busy schedule, teachers are also participating in professional learning to continually increase their effectiveness. To help teachers keep track of all the professional development to-dos coming from their coaching conversations, we’ve developed a new tool called Commitments. Teachers then finalize the timeline for action, align the goal to a professional skill, and share the goal with a partner. Track all professional goals in one place.

Offline Choice Boards: How Are You Integrating Offline Learning into Your Online Class?

Catlin Tucker

Teachers are scrambling to move their offline courses online to ensure that students continue learning for the remainder of the school year. Understandably, the focus is on online learning as that is a new and unfamiliar learning landscape for a lot of educators. Learning

Annotate, Collaborate, and Learn with Marginal Syllabus and Educator Innovator

Educator Innovator

Starting in April, Educator Innovator will host a dynamic opportunity for open learning via author partnerships, annotathons (more on these below!), The founders of Marginal Syllabus aim to advance educator professional development about education in/equity through the use of participatory learning technologies. You can learn more at the Marginal Syllabus website. We look forward to learning with you!

edWeb Resources for Online Learning & Collaboration


We’ve gathered edWeb resources, that are all free, to help you with online learning and collaboration, as we all cope with the spread of the coronavirus. … We’ve documented some great ways you can use edWeb for collaboration and virtual professional learning. We’ve compiled a list of edWebinars and articles that may help as you provide virtual learning and collaboration for your students and staff.

Nurturing Relationships and Teacher Needs During COVID-19

Digital Promise

Learning to live with ambiguity is learning to live with how life really is, full of complexities and strange surprises.” – James Hollis ( What Matters Most: Living a Considered Life ). Now more than ever, educators are learning to live with ambiguity. Our team at Lexington County School District One in South Carolina has focused on mitigating one of these complexities by addressing the human need for connection, support, and ongoing professional learning.

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Exploring Micro-credentials and Education Policy in the United States

Digital Promise

In this series, we take a closer look inside our new paper, “ Micro-credentials and Education Policy in the United States: Recognizing Learning and Leadership for Our Nation’s Teachers.”. There is no shortage of sound research on what constitutes effective professional development for teachers—focusing on specific curriculum content, encouraging active learning, supporting collaboration among peers, and offering opportunities for analysis of student work.

How not to fix technology reluctant teachers – Part 1 of X


I’ve been thinking of doing a series like this for a while and with the extended weekend, and a gentle rain outside, I give you some observations from many years of working with professional educators. As a tireless proponent of targeted technology implementation in PK-20 education, I’ve learned a few things about what we can and can’t do and especially how not to help teachers get to our little technology utopia. I’ll get to numbering once I get my whole list done.

Adjusting to the Room

The Principal of Change

As someone who does a lot of professional workshops, I am often asked for an agenda ahead of time. Although I do have some objectives in my mind of where the group could go, I usually send a rough itinerary to the organizer on a google document. The reason I share it specifically on a google document is because I know that I won’t be sticking with it, whether it is the time or the activities. We often learn more from a person’s questions than we do their answers.

Remaking Learning: Today’s Crisis and Tomorrow’s Promise

Digital Promise

In this first of a two-part series, we highlight the efforts of the Remake Learning Network and its partners in Pittsburgh. Remake Learning: A Network Responds to Crisis and Envisions a New Tomorrow. For more than 10 years, Pittsburgh’s Remake Learning Network has been building an ecosystem of partnerships and initiatives to advance the future of learning for youth across Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Gregg Behr Co-Chair, Remake Learning Council.

Using Micro-credentials to Recognize the Skills of New and Experienced Teachers

Digital Promise

In this series, we take a closer look inside our new paper, “ Micro-credentials and Education Policy in the United States: Recognizing Learning and Leadership for Our Nation’s Teachers.”. For almost two decades there has been considerable debate over the importance of fully licensed teachers in ensuring quality teaching and learning (e.g., Policymakers are beginning to recognize that teachers “should periodically take steps to renew their professional licenses.”

300+ Digital Tools Crowdsourced by Educators #LT8Keys

Tom Murray

Our kids deserve this type of maximized experience, and when organizing professional learning, our educators do too! Upon completion of the session, a participant asked, “Can we share this document with those we work with?”

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3 Months, 3 Micro-credentials, 1 Teacher: Building Performance Assessment Capacity in Georgia

Digital Promise

Kimberly Sheppard is a personalized learning coach for Henry County Schools in Georgia. In that capacity, she is participating—along with eighty or so of her Henry County colleagues—in the Assessment for Learning micro-credential project , led by the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE).

edWeb Resources for Online Learning & Collaboration


We’ve gathered edWeb resources, that are all free, to help you with online learning and collaboration, as we all cope with the spread of the coronavirus. … We’ve documented some great ways you can use edWeb for collaboration and virtual professional learning. We’ve compiled a list of edWebinars and articles that may help as you provide virtual learning and collaboration for your students and staff.

3 Ways to Use Video Conferencing with Students Learning Remotely

Catlin Tucker

During this time of social isolation and remote learning, these video conferencing tools are lifesavers. They make it possible for teachers to maintain a human connection with their students and guide their learning from a distance. Learning

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The Impact of Micro-credentials on Educator Practice

Digital Promise

Last year, thousands of educators across the country engaged with micro-credentials as a way of personalizing their professional learning and gaining recognition for their skills. The artifacts educators are collecting to demonstrate their skills and the narratives that are coming out of the classroom prove how micro-credentials support educators in ways that impact their students’ learning and their school communities.

Guest Post: From Consumption to Creation: Future Ready Librarians Embrace Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

As a former librarian and district leader, I found that success was the best form of advocacy—when the great work of librarians is shared and documented, good things follow for students and library programs. Supervisors and colleagues may not completely understand the job of a teacher librarian, and there are limited ways for librarians to objectively validate and share their professional practice. Lessons Learned.

Avoiding the pitfalls of social media in school

eSchool News

The drawbacks of social media are well-documented—like anonymous trolls posting negative comments just to spark controversy—and social media in school is no different. However, says Jamie Knowles, Senior Manager of Educator Professional Learning Programs at Common Sense Media, social media also has the ability to help users share their stories and shed a positive light on their activities. Featured on eSchool News Teaching & Learning

Join Digital Promise in Shaping the 2020 National Education Technology Plan!

Digital Promise

We are excited about the opportunity to engage with stakeholders across the country to find and include innovative practices and research that will influence how technology can and should support teaching and learning. The National Education Technology Plan (NETP) is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States. I am pleased to announce that Digital Promise is partnering with the U.S.

Breaking Down the 8 Key Concepts of Computational Thinking

Digital Promise

Integrating computational thinking into activities, lessons, and curricula not only supports building new skills, but also enhances learning and engagement in every discipline. Drawing from both learning sciences research and feedback from educators, we developed this framework to support teachers in identifying where their students can leverage computational thinking. Blog Computational Thinking Educators Learning Experience Design

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How Online Learning Can Improve Your Teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

Online learning has become not only a common alternative to physical classes, but a well-regarded change maker in the education ecosystem. After a weekly one-hour session, students feel closer to classmates and often add them to their ongoing PLN (Professional Learning Network). If the tech is intimidating, students will avoid it, will not learn the lessons, and will not enjoy your class. What Online Teachers Have Learning From Teaching Online.

Four Signs It’s Time for Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Studies suggest American schools invest $18 billion in teachers’ professional learning annually. But considerable evidence indicates that formal professional development often misses the mark. And while teachers are also learning in informal ways, existing systems don’t track or make the most of that growth. . In short, the current approach to American teachers’ professional development is falling short.