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.

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.

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.

4 Easy Ways To Improve Professional Learning

The Web20Classroom

For me it was learning where I connected to the presenter and the presentation immediately. And where the presenter helped me make connections to what I was learning and why it was important. The purpose is to bring all voices to the table to learn and grow together.

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.

5 Tips That Foster Collaborative Professional Learning

EdTech Magazine

5 Tips That Foster Collaborative Professional Learning. Leveraging new technology for professional learning requires some creative thinking — and it also takes money. A few years ago, a group at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte received a grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction that paid for notebooks and software for creating a professional development program for elementary school teachers.

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.

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.

Free Online Tools to Improve Outcomes for ELLs

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To make new words easier to learn, a pop-up tab can display an image showing the meaning of a word, as well as the spelling of the word in a different language, while the word is being correctly pronounced in that language.

Professional Learning: Engagement Before Anything Else

Reading By Example

The expected outcome is growth in comprehending text. We have also come to agree that this outcome is largely a product of lots of time to read and respond to high-interest texts with the support of a knowledgeable teacher. Teachers have selected one of a variety of faculty-suggested professional resources. I have a running Amazon cart of professional titles. I believe that when you teach a work of fiction, you should not bring all the baggage that comes with it.

Professional Learning: The Gift of Time

Reading By Example

Next are some of the outcomes from slowing things down and better appreciating the gift of time. Faculty Viewed Professional Development Positively. Being intentional about what we were learning together cannot be minimized. Teachers Facilitated Professional Learning Experiences.

How Kristen Swanson Applies Her Classroom Experience to Lead ‘Professional Learning’ at Slack

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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.

Action Research: Professional Learning from Within

Reading By Example

Over 20 teachers recently celebrated their learning as part of their work with an action research course. Equally impressive was how some of the teachers shared data that suggested their interventions did not have an impact on student learning. She learned what not to do.

Action Research: Professional Learning from Within

Reading By Example

Over 20 teachers recently celebrated their learning as part of their work with an action research course. Equally impressive was how some of the teachers shared data that suggested their interventions did not have an impact on student learning. She learned what not to do.

Pilot Implementation Results Reveal creatED Professional Learning by Crayola Energizes Classroom Instruction

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A year ago, Crayola®, the brand that inspires creativity in education, made a commitment to expand its role in education by introducing its comprehensive professional learning program for educators, creatED Professional Learning. The creatED program has enabled AEA to build capacity for teacher leadership and equip educators with skills and resources they can use to energize classrooms and spark students’ love of learning.”

The Case for Coaching Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

Initially, I resisted but then decided that this could be an excellent opportunity to connect with more kids and hopefully in the process pass along some of the life lessons that I learned from my former coaches. Coaching educational leadership Leadership professional learning

Why Connect?

A Principal's Reflections

I was honored to have been interviewed for Educational Leadership, ASCD's flagship magazine, on the power of Twitter as part of a Personal Learning Network (PLN). As you will see, the true power of connected learning is what you glean from the people you engage with.

Sharing Ideas with @Learning100

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An important part of my role as a student learning coach in a K-5 building (with over 40 teachers) is to encourage each of them to implement new or different ideas whenever, wherever, and however they can in order to enhance student learning outcomes.

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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Five Steps to Empowering Educators with Evidence

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to determine what programs will assist with meeting learning goals. Step 3 – Learn the basics (about ESSA levels). There are four overall tiers—or levels as the Ohio Department of Education refers to them—based on the design and evaluation of outcomes.

6 Questions to Consider as You Start the School Year

Tom Murray

My experiences that first year would change me for the rest of my life – both personally and professionally; experiences that I’ll share when I eventually decide to write my next book. Yet, each year, I learned more about what was truly important. It was August of 2000.

Implementing an Effective Learner-Centered Approach

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and Symon Hayes of Altitude Learning explained how using a learner-centered process prepares administrators and teachers to implement the same approach with their students. Application to Professional Learning. This edWeb webinar was sponsored by Altitude Learning.

Digital Learning Prospers With the Right Culture

A Principal's Reflections

As of late I have been doing a great deal of work with schools and districts on how to effectively implement digital learning across the curriculum. When it comes to technology in general, the overall goal is to support learning, not drive instruction.

6 Keys to a Successful 1:1 Implementation

Tom Murray

Schools can play a vital role in preparing students for their world of work, yet must systemically plan so that instructional pedagogy can shift to a more personalized, student-centered approach to learning. Begin with the Why and Focus on Learning Outcomes.

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6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

These concerns are real and often become roadblocks for student learning. As school leaders work to implement digital learning practices, they must commit to navigating roadblocks, problem solving, and planning for sustainable, systemic transformation. With school budgets being planned on a year over year basis, the concern over long-term sustainability for digital learning arises. Commit to Personalized Professional Learning. This post is sponsored by Samsung.

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Educators as Empowered Learners

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Below is the excerpt from the ISTE Standards for Educators that describes this standard: Empowered Professional Learner - Educators continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning.

Understanding Your Collaboration Quotient: Powerful, Evidence-Based Insights Across an Organization

Edthena

When an organization decides to put Edthena to work in its classrooms, it’s usually part of some broader initiative—an investment in teacher professional development. More data-driven insights about professional learning. What professional skills are we measuring most often?

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10 Ways To Naturally Support Teacher Collaboration

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Most schools now have online learning management systems, including Blackboard, Moodle, and Edmodo are just a few. It’s a way of acknowledging and honoring the achievements of my colleagues, and also an opportunity for me to learn, too—and that’s inspirational.

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How to deliver PL that really works

eSchool News

I recently chatted with Kathy Dyer, NWEA’s manager of innovation and learning, professional learning design, about how to connect professional learning (PL) to student outcomes and how to best support teachers. Student learning needs should inform your PL.

4 ways to make high-impact teaching a reality

eSchool News

And how do we measure the impact of different teaching methods in terms of how they’re improving student outcomes? Teachers report that when they look at professional learning, they ask three questions: What am I learning?

Rebuilding a School Community with Maker Learning

Digital Promise

In July 2018, Digital Promise launched a new Maker Learning Leadership Cohort dedicated to professional learning, peer connections, and school transformation in the Pittsburgh region. professional learning and new learning experiences.

Using Micro-credentials for Personalized Professional Development

Digital Promise

This network helps us organize and maximize resources to advance student outcomes. The ACT Network schools share their solutions not only across the network, but nationally at two Forging Innovation in Rural Education (FIRE) Summits and on KVEC’s place-based learning platform, The Holler.

Writing Our Civic Futures (October): Youth Voice and Participation

Educator Innovator

What are the negative outcomes/dangers of organizing online or via these new practices/mechanisms? Marginal Syllabus civic engagement marginal syllabus PLC professional learning youth voiceWriting Our Civic Futures, our collaborative annotation project with Marginal Syllabus, is underway! October’s conversation examines youth voice and participation, and the tools and strategies young people are using to organize for social change.

Recognizing Skills of Afterschool Professionals with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Skilled staff are key to quality afterschool programs that produce positive youth outcomes and meet a critical need for keeping kids safe during out-of-school time. Shifting from seat time to competency-based professional learning with micro-credentials. An estimated 10.2

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Lead in the Now

A Principal's Reflections

With changing times, continuous reflection and learning are needed in order to move schools forward now. As such, teaching, learning, and leadership must change if growth and improvement are the goals. Students who are not engaged are not likely to be learning.

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