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.
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*
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.
Participants will collaborate and share during the monthly sessions
- Desktop computers with internet access
- Software & apps
- Videos, articles, and training session resources
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