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. Many of the organizations, which are listed alphabetically, have free tools, research, case studies, and resources that can seamlessly be utilized and implemented at the district and school levels. All of these organizations are shifting the needle and rocking professional learning nationwide.

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.

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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.

How Microcredentials Can Boost Professional Learning

Edsurge

Microcredentials provide an opportunity for educators to pursue focused professional learning at their own pace, and on their own schedules. In this webinar, we’ll explore: How can teachers understand the value of microcredentials for their own personal learning? But they also raise a lot of questions for teachers and schools. It’s an exciting and daunting topic.

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

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.

edWeb’s Research-Based Practices for Personalized Professional Learning

edWeb.net

edWeb Case Study: Rock Valley Community School District. 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.

High-Agency in the Remote and Hybrid Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

To achieve this goal, we must first examine the foundational elements that lead to successful teaching and learning, whether the environment is remote or hybrid. Voice Honoring kids' voices and allowing them to have a say during the learning process is a central tenet of student agency.

How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning

Edsurge

This profile is the second in a series from the EdSurge Research team, which has spent the past six months studying the market of service providers that support schools through the redesign process. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign. Kim had previously been an Executive Vice President at Edison Learning, a for-profit education management organization.

New Digital Course Empowers Schools with Foundational Strategies to Put Personalized Learning into Action

techlearning

Partnering with LEAP Innovations, a national leader in personalized learning, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is launching a blended online course that will make LEAP Innovations’ rigorous professional development programming available to educators, schools and district leaders beyond Chicago for the first time. 24 on , ISTE’s new online professional learning hub that sources best-in-class content for educators.

Build Your Personal Learning Network #WTI15

Reading By Example

My topic was how to get started in building one’s personal learning network. Teachers in mathematics, science, technology, physical education, art, social studies, and special education were represented. We started our time together by describing the current professional development activities taking place in our respective schools. Here is a sampling of participants’ responses: A group of committed professionals interested in what’s best for children.

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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Learning Never Stops

A Principal's Reflections

Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” – Abigail Adams How do you make, not find, the time to learn and get better? There never seems to be enough time in the day to do what needs to be done both personally and professionally. The same can be said about drive-by professional development. Like change, learning is a process, not an event.

Study Groups for Voluntary Professional Development

Reading By Example

In Chapter 4 of Becoming a Literacy Leader , Jennifer Allen describes how she facilitates professional learning beyond the schoolwide initiative. She refers to these opportunities as “study groups” They are typically designed around a specific educational resource. Jennifer reflects on the importance of having voice and choice in her professional learning. I was thirsty for professional development opportunities involving new instructional practices.

Wisconsin’s School District of Brown Deer Launches New Professional Development Initiative in Partnership with Discovery Education

techlearning

- Latest Phase of Four Year Partnership to Focus on Implementing New Professional Learning Model Driving Continuous Improvement and Transforming Education- Silver Spring, Md. September 11, 2018) – Wisconsin’s School District of Brown Deer (SDBD) announced today the launch of the latest phase of its four year partnership with Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.

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. and Grow Each Day A focus on personal and professional development helps these educators succeed.

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3 Videos Showing Deeper Learning Micro-credentials in Action

Digital Promise

Over the past few months, Digital Promise has traveled the country capturing the stories of educators who have earned Deeper Learning micro-credentials to transform teaching and learning. These 40 Deeper Learning micro-credentials were developed by Digital Promise to recognize educators who have shifted their classroom practice to encourage student success in our increasingly complex world. Deeper Learning through Micro-credentials at Kettle Moraine School District.

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10 Innovative Ideas To Provide Time for Professional Development and Collaborative Learning

The Innovative Educator

Finding time for teachers to meet and learn together is often very difficult, but a resourceful school team can utilize creative ideas that have worked well in other schools. Here are some ideas for providing time for educators to learn together. Provide teachers on a particular grade level or who teach a common subject with a shared prep so they can plan and study together. Invite teachers to determine how their shared preps can be used for any study group they can imagine.

A Concise Guide to Effective PD in Schools

MiddleWeb

The breadth and depth of the topics covered by John Murray offer school administrators an excellent overview of what works when putting professional learning into practice, says reviewer Matt Renwick. "As Book Reviews Professional Development action research content context Corwin critical friends John Murray lesson study Matt Renwick mentoring online professional development PD peer coaching personal learning networks process school rounds

8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today

Edsurge

Those experiences have sharpened our desire to prepare this generation of students to become successful citizens in a global society by putting to rest the weary industrial model of education and shifting to a more personal approach. Learning Transformed. Our new book, Learning Transformed , published by ASCD, outlines eight keys to intentionally designing tomorrow’s schools to prepare today’s learners for success far beyond earning a high school diploma.

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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Why Today’s Educators Are So Much More Than #JustaTeacher

Edsurge

This disparaging remark is something I often hear in my work at The Teachers Guild, a professional learning community for teachers to create change for and from their classrooms, incubated within IDEO. The fact that teachers can change the course of a student’s life is something that many of us understand on a personal level. In fact, studies suggest that teachers matter more to student achievement than any other aspect of schooling.

Implementing an Effective Learner-Centered Approach

edWeb.net

Shifting from an industrial-age education model to a post-industrial learner-centered model is an essential part of preparing students for college and 21 st century careers, and the process works best when the learner-centered approach is applied to the professional learning of teachers and administrators, as well as the education of their students. Application to Professional Learning. This edWeb webinar was sponsored by Altitude Learning.

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

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

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

Edsurge

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.

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.

The Scarlet Rating: How One ‘Improvement Required’ School Seeks a Turnaround

Edsurge

However, school leaders Sarah Pedrotti and Jessica Torres are on a mission to flip the failure narrative and rebrand their school by motivating their teachers through personalized professional development. Kindergarteners in Mrs. Shuler's classroom learning how to implement their learning stations! Torres also participates in Twitter book studies and leads and participates in chats such as #EdHyper and the #BeMoreEdChat.

Enhance Long-Term Student Learning

edWeb.net

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

Digital Promise

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.

?3 Types of Summer PD That Won’t Sacrifice Your Vacation

Edsurge

After a Master’s degree, 120-plus credits, and 30 years in education, I now understand that whatever I do and wherever I go, I am happiest when I’m learning. And if I can find an opportunity that allows me to further my learning without sacrificing my summer vacation—or better yet, enhances it—you can bet I’m going to be the first to sign up. The nice thing about summer learning is choice. Personalized Learning Through Gaming.

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

Edsurge

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.

Partnership with LINCspring: Balance with Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

Now, you and your PLC can learn together online at a time, place, and pace that works for you! Explore how blended learning can help you partner with students to reimagine learning and find a realistic work-life balance! In my book, Balance with Blended Learning , I invite teachers to reimagine teaching and learning by partnering with students. Consider bringing Balance with Blended Learning into your professional learning community.

Personalizing Student and Educator Learning through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) has prioritized a culture of technology-enriched student learning through its Students and Teachers Advancing Tomorrow Initiative (S.T.A.T.). is to transform BCPS into a student-centered, personalized learning environment. To affect this change district-wide, BCPS needed to shift professional learning for educators to a more competency-based, autonomous model. digital learning environment.

Digital Portfolios + Micro-credentials = Massive Impact for Students & Teachers

Digital Promise

Now that we have powerful, easy-to-use design tools and a capacity for worldwide publishing, we have an opportunity to restore the dignity and integrity of a work ethic by redefining the role of the learner as a contributor to the learning culture. — Alan November, Who Owns the Learning. School districts across the nation 3 are determined to reinvigorate student involvement by moving to a more personalized environment that is multimodal in mastery demonstration.

8 Approaches That Are Making a Difference in Public Education

Digital Promise

In a colorful space adjacent to where teachers receive regular professional development training, Rowan-Salisbury Schools has created an Educators’ Playground of edtech where teachers can tinker and test new products. Learn more: ISTE Feature. Challenge: Personalized Learning | Solution: Personalized Learning Case Studies in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Professional learning is embedded, protected, valued, and seen as ongoing.