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.

Strengthen Professional Learning with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Micro-credentials present a unique opportunity to link professional learning to practice. Through each competency-based credential, educators demonstrate application of their learning. Focus on integrating the new learning into instructional practice.

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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.

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. I’m finding a lot of great micro-credentials centered around digital learning with resources that I can apply now and in the future.

How Are Educators Continuing Powerful Professional Learning Online?

Digital Promise

The Edcamp Community supports educators to organize and participate in participant-driven professional learning designed by and for educators. Care for educators themselves, whether through mental and emotional self-care or by creating space for professional development and 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. Constructive Alignment Principle Application for Learning Units.

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. Our research-backed micro-credentials are digital certifications that verify an individual’s competence in a specific skill or set of skills, regardless of where and how they learned them. This stack includes: Conducting a Needs Assessment for Digital Learning. Developing a Virtual Desk for Digital Learning.

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! Making learning a part of everyday work.

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.

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.

Innovating Professional Learning with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

BSD was motivated by the desire to evolve teaching and learning approaches that would offer increasingly relevant and interesting learning opportunities. These learning experiences would elicit deeper levels of engagement and improved outcomes for—and also beyond —academic achievement. The job description emphasized professional development as a key focus area. The post Innovating Professional Learning with Micro-credentials appeared first on Digital Promise.

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.

12 Computer Science Resources That Boost Summer Professional Learning

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The post 12 Computer Science Resources That Boost Summer Professional Learning appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog PD professional learning TeachersAn extensive list of websites, books, podcasts, Twitter chats and resources to help educators prep their computer science skills for the coming school year.

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.

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.

Modern Professional Learning: Connecting PLCs With PLNs

The CoolCatTeacher

Modern professional learning links the Professional Learning Community (PLC) with the Professional Learning Network (PLN). An Excerpt from Modern Professional Learning: Connecting PLC’s with PLN’s. Perhaps the secret of saving this knowledge lies in a unique melding of two professional learning practices that teachers use today: the professional learning community (PLC) and the professional learning network (PLN).

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.

How to connect EVERY educator to awesome professional learning

Ditch That Textbook

For me, professional development has often meant sitting through a staff-wide meeting about topics with limited interest and little time to practice hands-on. That kind of professional learning stinks. Thankfully, we have TONS of options for fun, hands-on, relevant professional learning — on our own terms. How can find this kind of 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. When Digital Promise first began building our micro-credential ecosystem more than six years ago, it was with a commitment to equity and access to professional learning opportunities for all educators.

Affiliate Spotlight: OCCUE Focuses on Virtual Professional Learning Opportunities

CUE

They explain how OCCUE is crafting professional development opportunities to reflect the current state of teaching – and how they’re interacting with members, […]. Inspire Learn affiliate affiliates CUE affiliates CUE members membership OCCUE

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. developing assessments, creating an action plan, learning how to use edtech tools, etc.) Pedagogy should be at the heart of all professional learning , in my opinion.

Edcamps are redefining professional learning

eSchool News

From Portland to Pittsburgh, Seattle to Stockholm, Abu Dhabi to Atlanta, and in hundreds of towns and cities around the globe, authentic professional learning is energizing educators. Edcamps —participatory, teacher-driven professional learning events — are multiplying on a national and international scale, creating local and global communities of passionate educators. Featured on eSchool News Professional Development

Professional Learning Networks (PLN)

Tom Murray

Lyn Hilt (@l_hilt), Nick Provenzano (@thenerdyteacher), Lisa Dabbs (@teachingwthsoul) and Patrick Larkin (@patrickmlarkin) joined the conversation and shared a wealth of advice on how educators can develop a strong personal learning network. What is a personal learning network? A Personal Learning Network is an informal learning network that enables an individual to work

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. Participants will learn how to infuse their content and curriculum with the knowledge, skills and values driving innovation in AI today. More information visit the mindSpark Learning and IBM site.

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.

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.

Professional Learning Summer Webinar Series

eSchool News

Flinn Scientific is hosting a safe return to school series of webinars, designed to provide facts and information to enhance student learning and facilitate instruction in a safe format, regardless of the learning modality. Ancillary Coronavirus Update district Education facts help instruction leaders leadership learning need preparation professional learning safety school school leadership schools

Building an Authentic Culture of Professional Learning

Digital Promise

Many sectors, including education, acknowledge that learning does not end when formal training does. In particular, key innovations of the last two decades have opened new possibilities for ongoing learning. As a result, where we learn and where we receive credit for that learning are not necessarily the same place. While this affords learners unprecedented freedom, it also can make it difficult to effectively recognize that learning.

Break Down Barriers with New Professional Learning Resources

Discovery Education

Unlock every student’s unique interests with the help of Discovery Education’s latest evidence-based professional learning resources. Dive into a new series of E-Learning Modules that empowers educators to create a space for collective care in school.

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. As I reflect upon my professional learning I have to ask myself, "Do I really take a balanced approach to all of the professional learning topics that I need to stay on top of?"

4 Ways to Build a Strong Professional Learning Network for Innovation and Growth

Edsurge

To that end, we chatted with HP Teaching Fellows Rola Tibshiran i, Vicky Masson , Joseph Filipic , Jim Pedrech and Chad Sorrells about how critical professional learning networks (PLNs) have been to both their craft and their well-being. Problem solving is a key skill in teaching.

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.

What makes professional learning actually work?

eSchool News

“Don’t call it professional development—call it professional learning.” Additional panelists Jeff Mao, CEO of Edmoxie; Bruce Umpstead, director of state programs at IMS Global Learning Consortium; and Ilya Zeldin, founder and CEO of 2gnoMe, recommended that educational leaders take a deep breath and recognize that there is a crisis happening in our districts. District Management Featured on eSchool News Professional Development

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. As digital technology continues to evolve, educators now have numerous options to connect, learn, and grow in both formal and informal ways. edWeb Personal Learning Network PLN