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Effective Teacher Professional Development REPORT. Tech Coaching is about Relationships not Tech. Most tech coaches end up in the role of tech coach or Tech TOSA (Teacher On Special Assignment) because they are good at using tech and integrating it into their classroom.

Tech Coaching is about Relationships not Tech

That’s how I got into the role and pretty much everyone else I know as well. However, once you are in the role of a coach things change. Your job isn’t to use tech with students, rather it’s to support teachers in using technology with students and supporting teachers is a whole new ball game. I was lucky enough when I worked at the International School Bangkok to work with 6 other coaches and the school gave us time together to work on and learn coaching strategies. Ways to support teachers in their own journey of integrating technology. Do you work with the willing or do you work with all? It’s a question that, as coaches, we need to continually ask ourselves. First, I was reminded that building relationships with the teachers I work with is the foundation of being able to coach.

January 2017 PD in PJs. ​Personalizing Professional Development For Teachers, By Teachers. On Flipboard. Educational Leadership:Instruction That Sticks:The Right Questions. Professional Development and Virtual Schools: Swapping Ideas and Practices. Distance Learning Professional Development and Virtual Schools: Swapping Ideas and Practices Michele Eaton, director of virtual and blended learning for the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, explains how teacher professional development has evolved over five years at her virtual school.

Professional Development and Virtual Schools: Swapping Ideas and Practices

The Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township offers students a variety of blended and online learning opportunities. The district also administers Indiana's only public, non-charter virtual high school, Achieve Virtual, which is based in Wayne Township but open to high school students across the state. Achieve Virtual employs about 60 part-time teachers who have full-time positions in other parts of the district, the state and, in the case of our Chinese language teacher, the world.

There is a misconception that an effective face-to-face teacher will automatically be an effective online teacher. A Model for Teacher Development: Precursors to Change – Medium. Originally published at Too often teachers are passive recipients of professional development rather than being active agents of their own development and change.

A Model for Teacher Development: Precursors to Change – Medium

Several recent reports have indicated that teacher professional development, as it is being implemented in most schools, is ineffective and a waste of time and money. Several studies over the past few years that have found professional development to be largely ineffective or unhelpful for teachers. Only 30 percent of teachers improve substantially with the help of district-led professional development, even though districts spend an average of $18,000 on development for each teacher per year, according to a new report. Time to Rethink Our PD Paradigms - Teacher-Leader Voices.

By Sarah Brown Wessling I often find myself in conversations with administrators who ask familiar questions: Why can't our school make change?

Time to Rethink Our PD Paradigms - Teacher-Leader Voices

Why don't these initiatives change instruction? We did the PD, so why didn't the plan work the way we designed it? Sometimes the questions give way to probing discussions. Other times they seem to stagnate with frustration. The answer to these questions comes with a confession. When Professional Development is Just an Experience. By Katrina Keene, Education Strategist, Dell Education Why are teachers so rarely asked for input?

When Professional Development is Just an Experience

As a former administrator with extensive experience in the classroom, I empathize with teachers whose professional opinions on education are far too often undervalued. Decisions are sometimes made without the consideration of teachers — the people who experience the outcomes firsthand. Edcamps: The New Professional Development. By now, many educators are familiar with Edcamps, also known as unconferences.

Edcamps: The New Professional Development

Hundreds of Edcamps have occurred on the ground and virtually in at least 18 countries since 2010. Kristen Swanson, an originator of the movement and board member of the organization, discussed its history and features in her Edutopia post Why Edcamp? The Edcamp premise is unlike most forms of professional learning. Instead of traditional conferences, where organizers usually serve as gatekeepers and must approve which kind of knowledge can be provided by whom, Edcamps work differently. ​3 Types of Summer PD That Won’t Sacrifice Your Vacation. 20 Questions That Schools Should Be Asking About Professional Development. 20 Questions That Schools Should Be Asking About Professional Development by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development Planning for Professional Development can be a tricky proposition.

20 Questions That Schools Should Be Asking About Professional Development

As an “administrator” you’re responsible for being an instructional leader for your staff and you’re trying to find something that they’ll find interesting, engaging, useful and more while trying to balance costs and hours and available days in your calendar. The focus on teaching and learning can become lost in the hustle and bustle of running a school every day. Forbes Welcome. 10 Ways to Maximize Your Professional Development. How to Manage the 4 Types of Teachers You Meet in Professional Development. In my heart, I will always be a middle school English Language Arts teacher.

How to Manage the 4 Types of Teachers You Meet in Professional Development

As I continue this path as a district administrator, I want to hold close to my heart the plight of the teacher: what it’s like to have to work all day with children and then go home and work on lessons, assessments, grading, etc. What it’s like to sit for hours in professional development sessions and be bored because you already know it or frustrated because it’s way over your head or not relevant to your grade level or content area. So in my role, I find that it is imperative to provide Professional Learning (PL) opportunities that are relevant, on-going, and effective.

In the article, I’m going to highlight the types of educators that we may encounter and ways to provide PL that is beneficial for all. In a book titled " Crossing the Chasm" (1991, revised 1999 and 2014), Geoffrey A. The Lagger “I don’t like technology. The Solution: First and always - talk about the why. The Majority. Revolutionizing Teacher Professional Development. By Andrew Larson This post originally ran on the New Tech Network blog.

Revolutionizing Teacher Professional Development

When I was hired to help open our school in 2006, I had no idea what I was getting in to. No clue. If I had known how grueling it was, I might have never agreed to take the job. Thankfully, I didn’t know, because even after having taught for eight years, I was as green as a celery stick. How, one might ask, was I so green after nearly a decade of teaching? Personalized Professional Development: At the Center of Your Own Learning. Edsurge. Many people think they know exactly what “professional development” is.

But do they, really? Let's start by giving “professional development” a definition. PD is a process that responds to a phase of personal growth and self-realization experienced by each individual. Professional development allows the person to establish an itinerary of evolution, taking into account the person’s work experience, acquired knowledge and vocation. But good PD is so much deeper than that, and it depends on the individual. Edsurge. Designing Digital Learning Professional Development. Collaborative and experiential.

Designing Digital Learning Professional Development

Connected to classroom practice. Created by teachers. Sound familiar? These are three characteristics that teachers often state they want professional development to include. Recent studies, such as the The Center for Public Education’s Teaching the Teachers Report, show that these characteristics are consistent with effective and transformative professional development. Fortunately, many organizations are acknowledging they need to foster the expertise of teachers and empower them to be the designers of professional development. digiLEARN, a non-profit focused on digital learning that was started by former Governor of North Carolina Bev Perdue and former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer, is focused on doing just that.

Sustaining a Culture of Learning for Educators. Sustaining a Culture of Learning for Educators If we want our teachers to allow students the opportunity to personalize their learning experiences, then we should afford teachers those same opportunities. As stated in the 2016 National Education Technology Plan, “Professional learning and development programs should transition to support and develop educators’ identities as fluent users of technology; creative and collaborative problem solvers; and adaptive, socially aware experts throughout their careers. Programs also should address challenges when it comes to using technology learning: ongoing professional development should be job embedded and available just in time.” It is in support of this vision, that the Future Ready Leaders project aims to help district leaders deepen their capacity to support learning enabled by technology.

My expectation, once I joined the ranks of professional teachers with my own classroom, was that these options would only increase. Teachers come together on Twitter for professional development and inspiration. Although Nikki Vradenburg is the only K-1 teacher in her Bozeman, Montana-based school, her personal learning network includes fellow educators from across the region, country and globe. “Our state is so spread out that teachers do not often have the opportunity to meet and work with other teachers,” said Vradenburg, who has spent 15 years in the classroom. “I use Twitter to share ideas and get information from other K-1 teachers. Teachers come together on Twitter for professional development and inspiration. Beyond PD. Beyond PD: Teacher Professional Learning in High-Performing Systems Press Release Key Takeaways Full Report From leading Australian researcher Ben Jensen, the new report Beyond PD: Teacher Professional Learning in High-Performing Systems analyzes the way four high-performing systems provide professional learning to their teachers.

Shanghai, British Columbia, Singapore, and Hong Kong all score near the top of all jurisdictions tested in mathematics, reading and science on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). While these systems are quite different, the key to all of them is that collaborative professional learning (teachers working with other teachers to improve curriculum, instruction, school climate, etc.) is built into the daily lives of teachers and school leaders. 10 Characteristics of Professional Learning Tha... Teacher professional learning pedagogy needs to change too. Teacher professional learning pedagogy needs to change too For too long now education conferences and professional learning events have prolonged a traditional “sage on the stage” approach.

It is lazy and it needs to change. Back in Nottingham, when I was starting out as a teacher, I remember some of the first professional development events I attended. However these memories are bereft of fondness, just uncomfortable ones. Even then, with barely four years of teacher training, I squirmed at the 96th slide of 157 being shown (read out). TeachMeet was a breath of fresh air. There is some incredible work going on around the world in schools and other learning organisations.

Why Edcamp Is the Future of PD. In 2010, I wrote a post for Edutopia called Introduction to Edcamp: A New Conference Model Built on Collaboration. Just three months earlier, myself and a team of fellow educators organized the first Edcamp unconference at Drexel University in Philadelphia. We had no idea back in May 2010, after Edcamp Philly came to a close, how the Edcamp model would change the landscape for professional development across the entire globe. Teacher Micro-Credentials: PD Revolution, or Just Electronic Flair? - Teacher Beat.

You've probably overheard the term "micro-credential" and wondered what the heck people are talking about. (Teeny tiny diplomas?) In a recent edition of Education Week, I take a look at what they are—and what their implications might be for K-12 teacher professional development. Smithsonian Produces Weird Series Of Prof. Dev. Videos For Teachers – Some Might Be Helpful. How To Turn Daily Tasks Into Opportunities For Professional Development. If one of your resolutions for 2016 was aimed at professional development, there’s still hope. Even though the so-called "Blue Monday" slump comes this time in January, when punishing winter weather and low light combined with holiday credit card bills conspire to shake the resolve to improve, there is a way to gain new skills that will boost your career. And it isn’t tied to traditional classroom-style programs or seminars.

In fact, Liane Davey contends, it’s better to incorporate your professional development education into your regular workday. The Teacher Curse No One Wants to Talk About. Knowledge is a curse. Knowing things isn't bad itself, but it causes unhealthy assumptions -- such as forgetting how hard it was to learn those things in the first place. It's called the Curse of Knowledge. In this post, we'll identify how the Curse of Knowledge affects educators. Then we'll outline seven ways to alleviate the curse. » Making a difference: a practical approach to evaluating the impact of professional development. Getting Smart on Transformative Professional Development Smart Bundle FINAL. 15 Useful DIY Professional Development Resources for Teachers. Teaching is a constantly evolving profession; new ideas and new techniques that may help you become a more effective educator are constantly emerging.

However, ongoing training for teachers often comes in the form of expensive conferences that are beyond the district’s budget. What’s more, too much PD can feel like a distraction and a chore when balanced with your significant teaching load – all the more so when you finally schedule time for it, only to find the course you’ve chosen isn’t as useful as you would have hoped.

How I Hacked My PD: The Power of Twitter As a 24/7 Learning Tool. Welcome to Forbes. Flipping continuing professional development. Flipped classrooms are turning education upside-down: students watch videos in their own time, then come together in a curated discussion to interact and learn together with their teacher. Is Teacher Learning a 'Mirage'? - Road Trips in Education. It's back to school time, and teachers' first days back often include some professional learning time, for better or for worse. In my case, some of that PD time and money will be invested in technology training in our district's learning management system, but according to a recent policy report, that training won't be a worthwhile investment unless I end up with a better teacher evaluation this year, or my students' test scores go up. The recent policy report on teachers' professional development from TNTP, has raised some eyebrows in the past week.

What Does the Research Say on Professional Development, Anyway?  The Eight Components Of Great Professional Development. How to Create A Personal Development Plan. Professional Development Tools Created by Teachers for Teachers. A Systematic Approach to Personalized Professional Learning. Professional Development Tools Created by Teachers for Teachers. 5 thoughts from ISTE weekend  Personal Development: 21 Ways to Achieve Wealth and Success. 22 Killer Personal Development Resources You’re Missing Out On. Welcome to Forbes.

The Eight Components Of Great Professional Development. Carol Dweck says mindset is not ‘a tool to make children feel good70+ book picks from TED speakers and attendees. Professional Development in Digital Pedagogy. The Unsurprising Need For Differentiated PD (Survey Results) 10 Ideas For Upgrading Your Teaching This Summer. Teachers As Researchers: The Power of Mindset. Personal Professional Development Using Voxer. Ignite: Sharing our Stories - Side-Effects (with images, tweets) · RosePillay1. Is Your Search for Personal Professional Development Keeping You from Becoming a Better Teacher? Personal Development. What I Want to Ask My PLN.

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