The Professional Learning Sweet Spot

A Principal's Reflections

For the better part of my educational career, I always referred to any type of learning to assist me as a teacher or administrator as professional development (PD). For the most part, this consisted of attending mandatory district “PD” days, professional learning communities (PLC)’s or approved off-site experiences such as conferences, workshops, or webinars. With a PLN, I was able to learn anytime, anywhere, from anyone I wanted for free.

How Are Educators Continuing Powerful Professional Learning Online?

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The Edcamp Community supports educators to organize and participate in participant-driven professional learning designed by and for educators. Edcamp JoCo , for instance, went into rapid response mode and shifted their 200-person event online just weeks before the planned April date.

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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? What drives you to spend money and attend these events? Regardless of your rationale, it is essential to understand that there is so much going on behind the scenes leading up to the culminating event that you pay to watch. Let me focus the rest of my point on professional sports. Quality professional learning takes time and goes well beyond one and done.

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.

Spotlight on Professional Learning Funding During and After COVID

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According to experts from the edWebinar, “ The Transformation and Funding of PreK-12 Professional Learning in the COVID Era,” sponsored by Simba Information, a business of Market Research.com, research shows that recent trends in professional learning are here to stay.

Effective Technology Professional Learning: Leading and Collaborating to Assure Success

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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.

The Importance of Reflection and Connection Time for Professional Learning

The Principal of Change

I was recently asked the following question about professional learning being delivered through online spaces: Do you think that educators are becoming so comfortable with online professional learning that they might not want to go back to in-person events?

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.

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.

Professional Learning School Leaders Need and Deserve

A Principal's Reflections

During my ten years as a school leader I dreaded professional development days in my district. I am not sure any educator looks forward to these monotonous experiences (developed under the guise of learning!) If in-district professional development wasn''t bad enough, I also attended my fair share of workshops and conferences that were a complete waste of time. I attended many of these events just to meet the required hours of professional development.

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.

Supplement Your Professional Learning with edWeb

A Principal's Reflections

Since 2009 I have been a huge believer and advocate for connected learning and the formation of Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s). Now don't get me wrong, I still highly value face-to-face experiences, as there are some natural limits to learning exclusively in a social media vacuum. The discussions, interpersonal connections, and relationships that result from these events are priceless. edWeb Personal Learning Network PLN

DIY Professional Learning

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Are you waiting for the perfect professional learning opportunity? Now you can stop waiting and design your own DIY (Do-It-Yourself) learning that leads to edtech, coding, and makerspace certificates. Picademy is the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s free face-to-face professional development program that supports educators throughout their digital making and computing journey. This two-day training event is held at venues around North America.

A Model to Solve a Few Professional Learning Challenges | #digilead

A Principal's Reflections

This past April I was fortunate enough to have been asked to speak at the Moanalua High School Professional Development Conference in Honolulu, HI. It was an incredible opportunity to get back to Hawaii for a professional event as opposed to a vacation. This was the fourteenth time the school had put on the event and it was awesome to see and meet so many passionate educators on a Saturday. Digital Leadership Learning Professional Development professional learning

Gamify Your Professional Learning at the CUE 2016 Fall Conference!

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Covina-Valley Unified School District teachers having way too much fun learning about Quizizz at a CUE Launch event. Professional learning can and should be fun! Participants will be asked to capture the collaboration and connectivity of the #fallcue experience in the streamlined Chrome Warrior gamified learning environment. CUE also proudly partners with @ChromeWarriorPD for our district-focused, hands-on and gamified CUE Launch events.)

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. I wanted to write this blog to share some of my takeaways from the event. The event kicked off with an exceptional keynote by Eric Crouch. It was the best way to start the event and our morning! One tool that he shared that I can’t wait to learn more about is Empatico. The entire event wrapped up with a keynote by Casey Bethel.

Professional Development and Professional Learning #miamidevice

The Principal of Change

Simply processing through writing… Sitting in Adam Bellow’s session this morning discussing “professional development”, I tweeted the following: Does the term “professional development” invoke thoughts of “1 time”, where “professional learning” sounds more continuous? Professional development seems to be more connected to an “event” (conference) or an objective, where as professional learning .

Hoonuit Announces Professional Learning Delivery System

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Hoonuit announces a Professional Learning Delivery System designed to help districts create personalized professional learning and deliver it equitably. Schools and districts will be able to customize courses, assessments and learning pathways and build their own micro-credential programs. [ Districts deploy Hoonuit professional development services in a variety of ways. To learn more, visit [link]. News Professional Development Ed Tech Ticker

Behind the Scenes at a Middle School Technology Rollout Event

Digital Promise

Device rollout is a huge event for every school in the Verizon Innovative Learning initiative , especially those in their first year of the program. Digital Promise Professional Learning Managers (PLMs) work with each school prior to rollout to help them plan the event and encourage teamwork. There is a heavy focus on pre-rollout professional learning to make sure teachers are ready for students to come to class with devices on the day after rollout.

EdTechTeam Impact Report- Apple Professional Learning

EdTechTeam

As an Apple Professional Learning Provider , EdTechTeam offers professional development featuring Apple. These online courses, on-site workshops, and conference-style events are designed to celebrate educators and help them make the most of Mac, iPad, and built-in apps to enhance student learning. In 2017, EdTechTeam produced five conference-style events across the US and provided custom solutions to large school systems committed to Apple.

Create Meaningful Connections through Current Events

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Anthony Johnson, PhD Professional Learning and Development Specialist. Join us to hear from the experts about how to get the most out of News‑2‑You and help your students connect with current events, build social‑emotional skills, and spark learning recovery.

Odysseyware launches new professional learning series

eSchool News

The series will include virtual and live events focused on industry best practices. The sequence of professional learning opportunities will highlight the unique ways schools and districts nationwide are implementing innovative strategies and new instructional models to transform learning for their students. These models are ushering in a new era of personalized learning pathways, teacher empowerment, and student choice. News Professional Development

Supplement Your Professional Learning with edWeb

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His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. Since 2009 I have been a huge believer and advocate for connected learning and the formation of Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s). Now don’t get me wrong, I still highly value face-to-face experiences, as there are some natural limits to learning exclusively in a social media vacuum. This post was written by Eric Sheninger.

Two Simple Questions To Ask at the End of a Professional Learning Day

The Principal of Change

I have shared parts of this story before, but it has been stuck in my head for awhile and I wanted to create a solution to a problem… After a group of students introduced me to speak at an event, they started walking out the door of the auditorium, when I basically started begging them to stay and listen to what I had to share. If the professional learning days and times are not directly benefitting students, is this ultimately a waste of resources?

2 hours, up to 200 people, 1 low price

Dangerously Irrelevant

Schools who are trying to focus on deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and rich technology infusion are finding the protocol to be helpful in their efforts. Or we could do: 1 session on Section A, Deeper Thinking and Learning. [Trying something new here…].

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. .

Teaching and leading for higher student engagement … even during a pandemic (aka How I spent my summer)

Dangerously Irrelevant

Others paid attention to the data and rising number of coronavirus cases and used their summers more wisely to design for better remote/hybrid learning and teaching than the mostly-low-level direct instruction, digital worksheets, and paper homework packets that we saw last spring.

LEARN with Marginal Syllabus (January): Generative Principles for Professional Learning for Equity-Oriented Urban English Teachers

Educator Innovator

Our January reading for Literacy, Equity + Remarkable Notes = LEARN investigates the experiences of three early-career secondary English teachers in urban settings who sought professional development opportunities to support teaching for social justice. This is the third month of LEARN, a Marginal Syllabus co-developed with the National Writing Project (NWP) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

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.

A Rock Star Event for a Rock Star Cause

CUE

The CUE Rock Star Teacher Benefit Camp is two amazing days of learning from CUE Rock Star faculty leaders. Like all Rock Star Camps, you will attend hands-on learning sessions, shred sessions, and have networking opportunities. The post A Rock Star Event for a Rock Star Cause appeared first on CUE Blog. Connected Educator Professional Development Rock Star Teacher Benefit Camp professional learning Rock Star Camp

Taking your Professional Learning from 2D to 3D

Edsurge

Speaking on panel at the PBS Digital Innovators event, Brown talked up the rise of the online spaces for collaboration, also known as personal learning networks (PLN) as enabling anyone, even those who in remote areas or who feel more introverted, to come together to collaborate and share ideas. An event requires everyone to be actively contributing and listening, and an online group needs to have a similar flow. Who can be a “collaborative changemaker”?

The 13-Strategy Checklist to Invite Diversity Into Professional Learning Opportunities

The Innovative Educator

Here are some actions we can take to invite diversity into ISTE and other conferences, events, and work we do. 8) Invite Conference organizers can be more intentional about how they get the word out about their event. Learn from and converse with a diverse collection of colleagues by following, liking, and responding to them. 11) Empower staff Supervisors can be mindful to allocate days (5 - 10 per year) for staff to attend professional learning opportunities.

Important Lessons Learned During the Pandemic and How They Can Drive Needed Change

A Principal's Reflections

After some time, we have seen an initial move to all remote learning, depending on where you live, a shift to some sort of hybrid model. A spike in cases has led to buildings being closed again and a resumption of remote learning in some locations.

Discovery Education Keeps Students, Educators, and Families Connected to Curiosity Throughout November with Exciting Series of No Cost Virtual Events

eSchool News

To keep students, educators, and families connected to curiosity, Discovery Education presents six new no cost virtual events during the month of November. Details on these exciting events are as follows: STEM Careers Coalition : Tour the Resources Professional Learning Session.

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