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.

The Importance of Jaggedness in Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

According to Learning in the 21st Century: the 2019 Digital Promise LVP Survey , 83% of teachers think students are capable of high achievement, but just 26% think students are reaching those levels today. As part of the Learner Variability Project, which “seek[s] to uncover strategies to meet learners where they are across varied contexts and needs,” Digital Promise’s team is examining the key factors for different grades and subject levels that impact student learning.

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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.

A school leader’s guide to personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

I recently caught up with Mary Ann Wolf, PhD, Elizabeth Bobst and Nancy Mangum to discuss some of the key takeaways of their new book, Leading Personalized and Digital Learning: A Framework for Implementing School Change. The authors offer guidance for principals and other school leaders who are aiming to leverage the power of technology to help make student-centered learning a reality. Could you paint a picture of a classroom where technology is a lever for personalization?

3 ways to harness digital for personalized learning success

The Christensen Institute

If you’re leading your school through the transition to a digital learning environment, you know that creating the right vision for teaching and learning can be a juggling act. I recently caught up with the authors, who offered guidance for principals and other school leaders aiming to support teachers as they leverage the power of technology to make student-centered, digital learning a reality. Let students guide their own learning.

Personalized Learning, Teachers Unleashed, and a Learning Analytics Partnership: The Story of Fresno Unified

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At last February’s Board meeting, 10-year old Ryan inspired the adults in the room to see how tech can be leveraged for learning in a whole new light. Ryan had this chance to shine because of Fresno’s Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), which has been fostering student voice, choice and collaboration over the last two years. Seventy-eight percent of its students are low income and 22 percent are learning English.

Professional Learning: The Gift of Time

Reading By Example

Faculty Viewed Professional Development Positively. Being intentional about what we were learning together cannot be minimized. Idea : If we feel like we have too many tasks planned for a professional learning experience, then we probably do.

Connecting Personalized Professional Learning to a Bigger Purpose

The Principal of Change

I received this question and image from David Voves today regarding a passage from “ The Innovator’s Mindset “: “Reading today and with personalized pd, I always question what I have in orange. ” “Personalized Learning” for educators is something that is gaining more traction in education, and rightfully so. The easiest way to understand if a staff member’s learning is connected to a broader vision is to ask them.

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

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In the edWebinar “ Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Learning,” Grace Borst, Innovation Specialist at St. Students use this time for school and personal projects where tech might not be required but could add value. While students miss class for open lab, the teachers recognize the benefits of letting students explore technology to help them achieve both personal and educational goals.

How to Personalize Professional Learning with Micro-credentials

The PL2C Blog

Many have written about the potential micro-credentials represent for changing professional development as a process. Moving beyond passive sit-and-listen experiences, micro-credentials create active learning experiences as educators apply their learning to their classroom. However, we should consider the consequences of the competencies themselves for personalizing learning. Microcredentials Teaching & Learning

Tool: A District’s ‘Look For’ Guide to Personalized Learning

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Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD) is featured in the Future Ready Leaders project’s professional learning resources as one of the nation’s leaders in personalized learning. As school leaders in KMSD worked through their transition to personalized learning, they created a snapshot guide that details the education styles that help educators identify the goals along the way. Additionally, KMSD has become an example of implementation.

edWeb’s Research-Based Practices for Personalized Professional Learning

edWeb.net

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.

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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The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts

Edsurge

In Massachusetts, an emerging partnership between private funders and the state department of education aims to help teachers across the Commonwealth learn, share and spread best practices when it comes to leveraging new instructional models and technologies. LearnLaunch Institute , the Massachusetts Personalized Learning Edtech Consortium (MAPLE) functions as a professional learning community for 32 district members that aim to implement personalized learning.

When professional learning isn’t your choice…

Reading By Example

As teachers, we have all had times when we have been asked to participate in mandated professional learning. For me, this type of learning reminds me of what our students must feel each day. I admit that I myself have not always been a huge fan of mandated professional development. It is ironic that planning and delivering this type of learning is now a regular part of my current position. What did I learn? individualizing the learning.

Personalized Learning: Exploring the What, Why and How

Reading By Example

In a typical teacher’s day, taking the time to learn about digital tools can be a low priority. One approach that may offer that reasonable next step in embedding personalized learning into practice is blended learning. It combines online and face-to-face learning “that uses a variety of tools – digital, artistic, problem-solving, etc. Age levels, discipline and digital access also matter when deciding how to incorporate blended learning in the classroom.

Personalized Learning: Exploring the What, Why and How

Reading By Example

In a typical teacher’s day, taking the time to learn about digital tools can be a low priority. One approach that may offer that reasonable next step in embedding personalized learning into practice is blended learning. It combines online and face-to-face learning “that uses a variety of tools – digital, artistic, problem-solving, etc. Age levels, discipline and digital access also matter when deciding how to incorporate blended learning in the classroom.

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.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Highlight Key Elements for Success in Personalized Learning

The PL2C Blog

Charlotte, NC – Today The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University’s College of Education and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) released an in-depth case study on CMS’ Personalized Learning (PL) efforts. Personalizing the Paths to Personalized Learning: Meeting Students and Teachers Where They Are focuses on three schools with diverse backgrounds and journeys. Whole child and social and emotional learning (SEL).

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What Makes A Personal Learning Network Valuable To You?

The Web20Classroom

Really the meaning is, well, personal. Also, last Spring I got several other members of my PLN to give me the reason why their PLN is important to them and why they find theirs valuable to their professional learning. So those are just a few examples of why a PLN. I get that question all the time. My PLN is different from anyone else''s, however, we all have similarities is why we have one and why it is important to us.

Choice Boards 101: Strategies to Ensure Classroom, Professional, and Virtual Learning Success

A Principal's Reflections

As of late, I have been working with quite a few districts on personalization through a variety of blended learning strategies. I can honestly say that I have learned so much from them over the years as to what pedagogically-sound blended learning really is, and, in my mind, they are a global exemplar for others to emulate. Ownership of learning shouldn’t just be for students. blended learning choice boards pedagogy personalization Personalized Learning

Character Analysis with Book Creator

iTeach with iPads

Part of my work includes providing embedded professional learning for teachers integrating the iPad into instruction in meaningful ways. This particular example is a more involved project and could take a few days to complete. Providing students with alternative ways to demonstrate learning in creative ways engages and challenges them. Learning a specific skill set doesn’t have the value in today’s world that it once did.

Designing Empathy-Based Professional Development That Teachers Will Use

Edsurge

Empathy (Source: Participate) While there has been an increase in training around social-emotional learning (SEL) in K-12 classrooms, many professional development (PD) resources for educators treat SEL as a standalone subject rather than a foundational component of learning environments. Participate , a social learning platform, and Empatico , a free tool for classroom virtual exchange, noted a lack of SEL-related PD opportunities for educators. Em·pa·thy /?emp?TH?/

I am not an expert, I simply love what I do.

Kleinspiration

just as I like for my students to think of learning as being fun. As I sipped my coffee, I enjoyed the casual exchange of dialogue surrounding classroom design, getting started with blogging, and influential members of my personal learning network. The slide above is another demonstration of the power of a personal learning network. sharing and learning from each other. I try to pay it forward by sharing my learning with other teachers.

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8 New Books to Jump-Start Your Summer Learning

Tom Murray

School leaders begin to make their plans for the summer months; from professional learning days to administrative PLCs. To prepare for the upcoming summer, I wanted to share eight books that I’ve recently reviewed or read for my own personal growth. Each book – although very different in nature – supports dynamic teaching and learning practices. Go the Way Leading by example is a way of life for the very best. Book: How to Personalize Learning.

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Character Analysis with Book Creator

iTeach with iPads

Part of my work includes providing embedded professional learning for teachers integrating the iPad into instruction in meaningful ways. This particular example is a more involved project and could take a few days to complete. Providing students with alternative ways to demonstrate learning in creative ways engages and challenges them. Learning a specific skill set doesn’t have the value in today’s world that it once did.

Making Time vs Finding Time

A Principal's Reflections

At one point or another, we have all used the time excuse when it comes to our professional work. First and foremost, make the time to learn, grown, and get better as opposed to finding the time. There is nothing more important to an educator, outside of working with kids, than professional learning. Through social media a Personal Learning Network (PLN) provides a great antidote to the age-old time excuse.

Why we love our PD tools

eSchool News

Ask most teachers what they think of their district’s professional development (PD) and you’ll most likely get a grimace or an outright groan. Video coaching with Edthena provides us with a sustainable and scalable professional development model. Originally we partnered with Education Elements to provide on-site personalized learning PD and consulting. You don’t have to rush through it, you can revisit things, you can actually learn the material.

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Personalizing the Journey for Our Students

The Principal of Change

For example, I have been in adult sessions where you are sometimes forced to do certain icebreaker activities that the facilitator would love to be a part of, but I feel extremely uncomfortable. The learning experience is not personalized and thus will not meet the needs of all students.

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Tips for Designing a Future-Focused EdTech Mindset

edWeb.net

While educators and support staff are trying to ensure a continuity of learning for their students during school closures, school and district leaders have an opportunity to design a positive future. Aglio recommends that districts align every action and decision regarding remote and virtual learning to their mission, vision, and core values. Learn more at www.net-ref.com. edWeb Blog edtech Personalized LearningWATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

7 Ways Data-Fueled PLCs Are Transforming Education

Edsurge

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have long supported teachers in their career development, but with the help of technology, they’re now transforming education itself. We spoke with educators around the country and discovered seven ways that PLCs are transforming teaching and learning in schools. Common learning goals and objectives A set of common goals, along with a designated meeting time for focused effort, helps each participant get the most out of a PLC.

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Putting UDL to Practice for Increased Engagement in a Standards-Based Learning Environment

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

With abundant access to data, schools can personalize learning to help each student demonstrate success in a standards-based. learning environment. Educators who provide students with learning experiences based on the principles of UDL (Universal Design for Learning) can greatly boost the engagement of ALL learners, not just students with significant learning needs. . Multimedia plays a significant role in the learning environment.

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Math Teachers Need Better Professional Development. Here’s a Personalized Approach.

Edsurge

Louis, I wore many hats—arguably too many for any one person. One of the most difficult challenges I faced was supporting our 400 K-8 math teachers with substantive professional learning. Just as teachers struggle to find time and resources that support differentiation and personalization for every student in math class, administrators nationwide struggle to differentiate for these students’ teachers with relevant, timely professional learning.

It’s Not Just Teachers: Tech Coaches Must Become Facilitators, Too

Edsurge

The theme was personalized learning and heading into the conference I anticipated gaining a broader view of technology products promising to provide adaptive learning experiences for all students. Instead, the deep conversations around professional learning for teachers left me wondering how I could redefine my role to better support teachers in making learning personal for students. Now we see peer-to-peer learning in action.

OPINION: May we please forget about tests for a minute and go read some books?

The Hechinger Report

How can we help them learn to live a good life? This method has come to be known today as inquiry-based learning. Since 1985, I’ve been a part of the Great Books Foundation team supporting teachers as they learn to use the Shared Inquiry method of discussing complex texts with students. Inquiry learning and contemporary educational assessments require that students present and explain evidence from the text to support their ideas.