edWeb Guide to New Models for Personalized Professional Learning

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Teachers Can Transform Education if We Reinvent Professional Learning

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First, as schools adjust to the seismic shifts in society at large, increasingly teachers must demonstrate skills in inquiry, project-based learning, design thinking and supporting personalized learning through coaching and mentoring. Coach and Co-Learn. By Thom Markham.

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State Support, Community Effort: Personalized Learning in South Carolina

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Marianne Beja had been in education for more than 30 years when she discovered personalized learning. I want to build a community of lifelong learners, and I think personalized learning is the way to do it. It’s about empowering students to communicate, to collaborate, to learn critical thinking skills. I want to build a community of lifelong learners, and I think personalized learning is the way to do it.”

The Importance of Jaggedness in Personalized Learning

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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.

Is Homework Compatible With Personalized Learning?

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But just as continual development of the iPhone eventually renders older prototypes obsolete; so too are new educational technologies pushing us past differentiation towards personalized learning. Transitioning to a personalized learning environment doesn’t happen overnight—it’s a process. I had to set aside the pride I felt for my personal knowledge—and my love of talking—so that I could start listening to my students and discover what was meaningful for them.

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.

edWeb’s Research-Based Practices for Personalized Professional Learning

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Report prepared by Cambridge Learning Group. Download the full report. 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.

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.

Participate.com: Your toolbelt for professional learning

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Participate.com allows us to pull all of this goodness together for ourselves and for the learning communities we serve. Before we can develop students’ digital literacy, we must first equip teachers with the tools they need to create authentic learning experiences in their classrooms.

Driving Change to Personalized Learning? Here’s How Three Leaders Have Done It

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Moving towards personalized learning can be fraught with tension. Putting vision into practice Any school district knows, creating a vision for personalized learning is useless if you do not provide staff the steps to actually get there. Each chart has cheat sheets on how to use each report to target instruction along with what kind of activities their students could do, including online and offline learning activities.

How an LMS Can Solve Professional Learning's Challenges—and Keep Master Teachers Engaged

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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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Personalized Learning and Digital Tools Weave Strong Fabric for Student Success

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Personalized Learning and Digital Tools Weave Strong Fabric for Student Success. According to Project Tomorrow’s 2017 Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning , 56 percent of parents of school-aged children are concerned that their child isn’t learning the right skills in school to be successful in college or a future job. Personalized Learning Aids All Students. Collaboration and Blended Learning Fosters Critical Skills.

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

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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.

Report: MassNET Reports on ELA Edtech Tools

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During the 2015-2016 school year, MassNET worked with the Boston-based LearnLaunch Institute (under the umbrella of the Learning Assembly ) to pilot instructional software for English Language Arts with six teams of six to eight teachers in Boston-area elementary and middle school classrooms. The report, Insights on Software Piloting in an Urban School District , released in December 2016, suggests key factors that influence successful adoption of edtech products.

Moving to a Hybrid Learning Model

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The pandemic shuttered schools across the globe, and lessons, some of which were very hard, were learned. As re-entry planning either begins or continues in earnest, the priority must be to transform learning in ways that provide kids with the best experience possible while ensuring the safety of all. The lessons learned during COVID19 provide opportunities to re-envision what schools can be. My thinking as of late has been around a hybrid learning model.

?Reports: On Leadership from Future Ready

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Strong leaders are essential for the developing and sustaining transitions to digital learning. The Office of Educational Technology (OET), in partnership with the American Institutes for Research, developed a research-based synthesis that defines a set of 27 policies and practices within four focus areas: collaborative leadership, personalized student learning, personalized professional learning and robust infrastructure.

8 Things to Look for in Today’s Professional Learning (Part 2)

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(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.

Explore Shared Education Challenges with the Challenge Map

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To address these challenges, we need to understand how they are experienced in different settings—from small, rural districts to large, urban districts—and we need to learn from educators and researchers who are working to solve these issues.

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State Examplars: How are states demonstrating leadership in digital learning ?

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SETDA and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University College of Education recently co-released the national report, State Digital Learning Exemplars: read more. 1to1 Best Practices Digital Content OER Personalized Learning Policy Privacy Professional Learning Research State boards

Data Interoperability: Beyond Accountability and Reporting

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While teachers may understand the need to collect the information, they resent inputting the same data over and over again in every learning management system, educational application, and state and federal accountability report. Key characteristics include real-time updates, quality data in and out, educator and school control of the data, and flexibility in reporting. She also served as the state agency lead on the development of the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan.

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Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter

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The Personal Learning Network (PLN) that I''ve built on Twitter over the past couple of months has become an amazing resource for learning about what''s going on in the educational technology world. I was excited when I had an opportunity last week to present using Twitter as a tool for personal learning to some of my colleagues. One thing I''ve learned about using the web and Web 2.0 There’s only so much info a person can take in!

7 Ways Data-Fueled PLCs Are Transforming Education

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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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Extending school far beyond the classroom walls

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Last year, he spent part of his school days at the local technical center, learning welding, preparing to make his vision for his future a reality. Enter Susan Johnson, Traip Academy’s expanded learning opportunities resource coordinator. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. Susan Johnson, expanded learning opportunities resource coordinator, Traip Academy in Kittery, Maine.

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

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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.

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

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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.

OPINION: The arts help refugees, other students to master academics

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As more schools across the country experiment with d personalized learning approaches to better meet the needs, goals and interests of individual learners, many are overlooking an important piece: arts integration. When a student feels connected to something bigger than themselves and nurtured by the community, their ability to reflect on personal needs and interests is enhanced. K-12 Opinion Arts education Personalized Learning

Data-Informed Instruction for Literacy

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but the new focus is “What did the students learn?” In the presentation “ Authentic Learning Starts with Informed Instruction” Michael Haggen, Chief Academic Officer at Scholastic Education, and Suzanne Lucas, Vice President of Product Marketing for Scholastic Education Digital Solutions, discussed how teachers can use formal and informal data to guide ELA lessons and make sure all students are receiving the education they need.

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3 Essential Ingredients for Making Edtech Work in the Classroom: Leadership, PD, and Ongoing Support

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During the 2015-16 school year, I visited schools across the nation to see how technology can transform teaching and learning. what makes the difference between using edtech to supplement the classroom experience and using it to transform learning? The digital use divide is present in both formal and informal learning settings and across high- and low-poverty schools and communities,” explains a report from the U.S. Professional development.

?Framework: Next Generation Learning Challenges Toolkit

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Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) supports the educators who are reimagining public education. The non-profit collaborative helps educators apply research about learning and school design, and works with them to create environments in which 21st century learning can flourish. NGLC’s resources include blogs and information about recent research as structured advice on implementing learning plans that goes beyond sharing academic content.

Hear from Real Teachers about the Benefits of Micro-credentials

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Across the country, educators are demanding opportunities to personalize their professional learning. Research suggests the traditional professional learning methods—typically one-size-fits-all and top-down—don’t meet the needs of today’s educators or their students.

When Adaptive Tools Can’t Adapt to Students’ Native Language

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Other companies, however, including the popular online platforms IXL Learning and i-Ready , have forgone translating their content into Spanish altogether. Eryn Barker, professional learning specialist for IXL Learning, recommends that teachers assign ELLs material at their current English reading level rather than translating materials into their native language. are the most educated and the least educated ever,” Salinas reports. “If

Enhance Long-Term Student Learning

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Learning seems like a simple process. During the edWebinar, “Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning,” Pooja K. Educational Specialist, Veteran Teacher, and Author discussed their research into the benefits of retrieval practice and emphasizing the third step of the learning equation. Instead of cramming information in, students learn how to access and pull it out. Students take out their notebook and write down everything they’ve learned on a topic.

Exploring Micro-credentials and Education Policy in the United States

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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.

Living, Breathing and Eating Math: An Interview with Carnegie Learning's Barry Malkin

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I love doing and learning new things. His fluidity perfectly suits his new role as CEO of Carnegie Learning —a company he believes is on the cusp of transforming itself and math instruction. Founded 20 years ago in the research labs of Carnegie Mellon University , Carnegie Learning provides software and services for 1:1 and blended math learning environments. EdSurge: What’s changing at Carnegie Learning? More About Carnegie Learning.

A “Roadmap” to Implementing Micro-credentials

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As Director of Professional Learning Systems for Tennessee’s Department of Education, I have the privilege of being able to witness teachers get excited to learn a skill they not only need to learn, but want to learn, and in the way best suited for their unique learning style. Through micro-credentials, the number of teachers experiencing this type of powerful professional learning is increasing.