Mix it All Together

Throughout this course, I have been introduced to several studies and videos that give reasons for better professional learning for educators.  In a most recent feedback from my professor it was mentioned that I needed not to be so generic in my outline and goals. I never defined what my professional development was about. That’s one thing I love about this course is the feedback that will make my goals better and understandable by others.  So my professional learning will consist of helping teachers on my campus being comfortable and excited about technology in the classroom. Most teachers on my campus tend to be uneasy when it comes to integrating technology in the classroom.

I had to take a look at how we currently do professional development and see what the research had to say about its effectiveness. I then created a PowerPoint presentation Be the Change: Renovating professional development, that summarized why we should and how we can transform professional learning to increase teacher effectiveness and student achievement using Gulamhussein’s 5 Principles of Effective PD. Next, I created an outline for my PL. Although my outline included too many definitions and not enough details, it did in due course help me formulate the final plan seen below.

Professional Learning Plan

 

Audience & Leadership

My professional learning plan was developed for the faculty so they have the opportunity to participate effective professional development that positively impacts their professional growth which will also enhance student achievement. I intend to lead the sessions with the help of my colleagues.

Goals & Outcomes

The goal for these professional learning (PL) sessions is for all participants to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to begin to integrate technology in their classrooms for collaboration and other learning activities. My Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) is that at least one teacher per grade level will adopt blended learning practices and design and implement collaborative activities using technology in their classes.

Instructional Design

3-column table

Learning Plan

 

Duration

The PL sessions will begin in the Fall and span over a 5-month period, October 2017 – June 2018. There will be 1 face-to-face session per month where the participants will meet in the computer lab for 45-60 minutes.

Monthly Sessions: Proposed Schedule

  • October 2017
  • December 2017
  • February 2018
  • April 2018
  • June 2016

*All session times at 4PM, Computer Lab*

Ongoing Support

I will be instructing and leading the face-to-face sessions therefore I will also participate in the discussions, evaluate assessments and provide feedback and support to all of the participants.

 

Active Learning & Modeling

  • The professional learning course includes authentic activities that the participants can create and use in their classrooms.
  • The participants will collaborate and share their experiences whether good or bad in the monthly sessions
    • The participants will get hands-on demonstrations from those with advanced knowledge of technology.
    • Peer presentations/showcase and practice implementation strategies.

 

Collaboration

Participants will collaborate and share during the monthly sessions

 

Resources

  • Desktop computers with internet access
  • Software & apps
  • Videos, articles, and training session resources

 

 

References:

Gulamhussein, A. (2013). Teaching the Teachers Effective Professional Development in an Era of High Stakes Accountability. Center for Public Education. Retrieved from http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/Main-Menu/Staffingstudents/Teaching-the-Teachers-Effective-Professional-Development-in-an-Era-of-High-Stakes-Accountability/Teaching-the-Teachers-Full-Report.pdf

 

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Professional Learning Plan Outline for Transforming Professional Development

Professional learning for teachers must evolve in order to make the biggest impact and create significant learning environments suitable for today’s learners. Now that you’ve had a chance to view my presentation and see how we can transform professional learning using the 5 Key Principles of Effective Professional Development, it’s time to plan out how professional learning (PL) should look like here in the organization. The instructional design of Professional Learning (PL) using Big Harry Audacious Goal (BHAG) and the 3 Column Table is in progress; below is an explanation and outline of what our alternative professional learning will do and contain.

PL components: (5 Principles)

Duration

  • Multiple sessions offered throughout the year
  • More time spent on specific concepts and skills

Ongoing support

  • Staff coaching
  • Peer coaching/collaboration
  • Discussions – face-to-face and/or virtual discussions collaboratively with each other, meeting weekly to discuss challenges and solutions

Active learning environments

  • Onsite workshops – hands on, demonstration of implementation scenarios
  • Record different lesson have them available
  • Self-reflection

Modeling

  • Video demonstrations
  • Faculty allowed to observe and interact with other faculty implementation and practices
  • Peer /student feedback

Content

  • Increase content knowledge and attentiveness of constructivist learning and blended learning models
  • Develop supplemental resources to curriculums

Who will lead what components?

  • My colleagues and I will lead the PL effort
  • Transform our traditional workshops
  • Early adopters/lead faculty head up small groups throughout departments and campus

Audience and their needs?

  • My colleagues and administration
  • Understanding of 5 Principles of Effective PD framework
  • Demonstration of the effective PL model using the 5 principles
  • Faculty
  • Training and ongoing support
  • Effective PL designed for their specific needs
  • Learning modules/sessions

 Resources

  • Gulamhussaein’s 5 Principles of Effective Professional Development
  • My 5 Principles presentation
  • Fink’s Self-directed guide to Designing Courses for Significant learning including design phase worksheets
  • Survey for feedback

 

Gulamhussein, Allison. “Teaching the Teachers: Effective Professional Development in an Era of High Stakes Accountability.” Center for Public Education. Center for Public Education, Sept. 2013.

Be The Change: Renovating Professional Development

As educators we all know that we need professional development that is effective and lends the right amount of support to educators. Do we actually get this?  WHY is effective professional development is so important? Effective professional development is essential to teacher effectiveness which will produce successful students. So how do teachers feel about professional development?

We all know that the traditional approach of professional development usually is the “sit & get” model. In my opinion this model is ineffective at helping teachers reach their full potential and actually improve their pedagogy. Reading the required readings this week in class it is obvious that we should adopt the new “go & show” model of effective professional learning.

This week’s assignment we were asked to convince our administration and colleagues that this is what our organization needs to do.  So take a look at the presentation below. It provides facts from the research and further explains how we can be the change, break the cycle and transform our professional learning.