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.

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.

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. To learn more about Kettle Moraine’s micro-credential program, check out this blog post.

9 Ways to Upgrade Professional Learning in Your District

Tom Murray

The notion of “effective professional learning” is something that has been discussed for decades. A comparison in the philosophies of today’s school districts yields results that falls across a continuum of who controls the learning. Learning Should be Anytime, Anywhere. .

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.

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.

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.

Teachers Learn Just Like Students: A Case Study From Singapore

The Journal

Professional development is out; professional learning is in. We describe how researchers and experienced teachers, there, scaffold fellow science teachers who are learning inquiry pedagogy through inquiry. In this week’s blog post we visit Singapore schools again.

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.

Professional Learning: Engagement Before Anything Else

Reading By Example

Teachers have selected one of a variety of faculty-suggested professional resources. Although many of the groups were already formed prior to our book study, i.e. grade level or department, there has been some crossover. I have a running Amazon cart of professional titles. As I have ordered and handed out these books to teachers, I have been wondering: Would this level of engagement be happening if I had been more directive in this professional book study?

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.

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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LEARN with Marginal Syllabus (January): Generative Principles for Professional Learning for Equity-Oriented Urban English Teachers

Educator Innovator

Our January reading for Literacy, Equity + Remarkable Notes = LEARN investigates the experiences of three early-career secondary English teachers in urban settings who sought professional development opportunities to support teaching for social justice. This is the third month of LEARN, a Marginal Syllabus co-developed with the National Writing Project (NWP) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

6 Ways to Use Twitter To Enhance In-School Professional Learning

The Principal of Change

Here is a tweet I received from Jamie Sweeney on using Twitter to “enhance professional development” : Thinking about ways I might use Twitter to enhance staff development…any ideas? Hashtag for professional learning days (and beyond).

The Case for Case Studies: Success Stories for Continued Growth

A Principal's Reflections

Case studies provide a glimpse into how vision, strategic planning, and implementation drive results-oriented change. Every school and district, just like every student, teacher, and administrator, learns and grows uniquely. Access the case study HERE. Access the case study HERE.

How to Plan an AWESOME Book Study!

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Plan an AWESOME Book Study! appeared first on Shake Up Learning. How to Plan an AWESOME Book Study! Book studies are a great way to level up your professional learning! How to Plan an Awesome Book Study! The Perfect Book Study Package!

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edWeb.net Wins CODiE for Best Professional Learning Solution for Faculty and Administrative Staff

edWeb.net

edWeb.net has won the 2017 CODiE Award for “Best Professional Learning Solution for Faculty and Administrative Staff.” There were 35 awards given for products and services specifically for education and learning professionals.

Learning Transformed: A PLC Opportunity

Tom Murray

This June will mark one year since my coauthor Eric Sheninger and I released Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today with ASCD. – The Free Study Guide. – 40% off the Learning Transformed Course for your team.

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.

National Study: What Apps Work Best?

techlearning

With more than $3 billion spent on ed tech products last year and more than 2,500 programs on the market, educators across the country need to know which products are likely to make a difference in teaching and learning. In a research study into this issue, Dr. Ryan S.

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Hosting Study-Groups for Teachers

Reading By Example

“Thank you, Dana,” the fifth grade teacher said to me on the last day of our lunchtime study-group. ” We had just finished our six-week long study-group centered around Christopher Lehman’s book Energize Research Reading and Writing.

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

Blending the Traditional Book Study with Digital Tools

Fractus Learning

School book studies??? Teachers want to read, share, and learn together. Traditionally, book studies are done in face-to-face meetings. So, with interest in having book studies from my staff, but dealing with tricky schedules, a different solution was necessary.

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Update: North Dakota Innovation Academy

Dangerously Irrelevant

Generously supported by Ted Dintersmith and in cooperation with the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders , the goal was to kick off a three-year investment in leadership capacity-building across the state for future-ready learning, teaching, and schooling.

Learning Transformed Course

A Principal's Reflections

The reaction to Learning Transformed has been truly humbling. Tom Murray and I have watched many book studies and Twitter chats unfold since the release of the book in June of 2017. The key to change is not telling, but showing how ideas can transform teaching, learning, and leadership.

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3 Ways to Encourage Shared Teacher Learning

MiddleWeb

Ongoing shared professional learning helps bolster teachers' willingness to embrace change and collaborate. Barbara Blackburn and Ron Williamson highlight three targeted activities: learning walks, lesson studies, and a strategy to develop consistent expectations.

Waving Goodbye to Drive-By PD

A Principal's Reflections

There has been a great deal of knocks on professional development as of late and rightfully so. More often than not, professional development is something that is done to educators as opposed to an experience that they truly value for growth.

New Content Added to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Services Boost Teachers’ Ability to Engage Students in Science, STEM, Social Studies, and More

techlearning

–Immersive New Content Empowers Educators to Create Dynamic Digital Learning Environments for All Students – Silver Spring, Md. All three vignettes are now available in Discovery Education Streaming Plus and the Social Studies Techbook.

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Join the Passionate Readers Summer Book Club Study

techlearning

When I asked the educators in our Passionate Readers Facebook group what their plans were for re-energizing themselves over the summer, every person who answered had some sort of professional learning they wanted to do.

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Could This Be One of the BEST Edu Conferences of 2015? #WGEDD

Kleinspiration

What Great Educators Do Differently - click here to connect to the conference homepage - I've always been "addicted to" professional learning. Since my first year of teaching, I've grown to understand the importance of high-quality professional learning.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

Using everyday digital content, the COR paper and online assessments directly connect to the questions posed in SHEG’s study and engage learners in credibility decision-making around three COR Competencies: Who’s behind the information? Social studies teachers will adore these!

Investing in leadership capacity: The amazing, wonderful District 59

Dangerously Irrelevant

Here’s what we discussed… Day 1: The Big Picture: Start With the Why – How is the innovation decade going to change learning of, by, and for young people? – Transmedia – Blended learning models – Personalization v. We also had fun as we learned.

Teaching and Learning Webinar: Innovation in Social Studies

EdTechTeam

This month’s Teaching & Learning webinar was all about innovative ways to teach our students social studies and history. To see the archive of all our Teaching & Learning monthly webinars visit our Youtube playlist. Teaching and Learning.

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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. Deeper Learning through Micro-credentials at Kettle Moraine School District.

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5 Stories of Superintendent Leadership from AASA and Discovery Education

Discovery Education

We spoke with three district leaders to learn how they made their own digital leaps — and how tapping their peer groups through AASA’s Digital Consortium and Discovery Education’s community became instrumental in making the best decisions for their districts. Student Learning.

Summer Learning for Educators: The Someday/Monday Approach

Class Tech Integrate

Summer learning for educators; there can be so much of it. Conferences, book studies, twitter chats, sessions at the local co-op. The Someday/Monday approach is simple, but important to those of us that love to soak in tons of professional learning.

Discovery Education Adds Engaging New Content Supporting Social Studies, the Earth Sciences and More to Award-Winning Digital Services

techlearning

–Immersive New Content Empowers Educators to Create Dynamic Digital Learning Environments for All Students – Silver Spring, Md. Content Exploring the Science of Happiness: Studies show that two out of three American teens are stressed and many don't know how to handle it.

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It Takes a (Whole) School

Digital Promise

Researchers including Matthew Kraft and John Papay , both of Brown University, analyzed the data to study the effect of uncertainty — the instability that often disrupts their students’ lives and impedes their performance — on teachers’ work and career decisions.

6 Ways to Learn Online with Kasey Bell this Summer!

Shake Up Learning

The post 6 Ways to Learn Online with Kasey Bell this Summer! appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Summer is a great time for professional learning! Today, I’m giving you 6 Ways to Learn Online with Kasey Bell this Summer! Get all the book study details here.

Online PD Courses Help Educators Understand Ed-Tech, Classroom Management, Study Finds

Marketplace K-12

The three biggest reasons pre-K-12 educators took online professional development courses in the past year were to learn how to use digital devices, how to use the educational software that goes on them, or to find out more about classroom behavior or management, according to a new study.