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  • Identify the leadership team with no more than four members including the required Superintendent. (This is a very strict requirement as this team will participate in the Summit together and develop and action plan for ongoing meetings to continue the work.)

    • The district superintendent or a representative
    • A district curriculum leader
    • The district CTO (Chief Technology Officer) or technology director
    • A district professional learning leader
    • A school principal
    • A teacher
  • ask each participant to complete the survey independently prior to the meeting

  • President’s ConnectED initiative, which aims to connect 99% of K-12 students to high-speed Internet within the next five years.
  • Adobe announced it would make available over $300 million worth of software for free to teachers and students, and Prezi, which makes a software tool for creating memorable presentations, will provide $100 million in Edu Pro licenses for high schools and educators across America. This pushes the total value of private-sector commitments to the ConnectED initiative to over $1 billion.
  • The badge can be placed on a school’s website, not just to show parents and administrators that it is taking positive steps but also to help raise awareness—like wearing a sticker that says “I voted today”.

    • To support a systemwide initiative, all educators and staff  need professional learning plans that:

      • Meet each individual’s needs with relevant   training
      • Are implemented regularly
      • Are continually updated   to reflect current trends and technologies
    • School or district leaders can support professional learning  by:

      • Offering regular access to diverse professional   learning opportunities
      • Providing opportunities based on educators’   needs and realities
      • Developing incentive structures to encourage   participation
      • Focusing on both learning to use technology and using   technology to learn
      • Helping educators implement new knowledge and   skills

  • Professional  development is a process. A habit-forming endeavor. An ongoing  individual and institutional professional responsibility to seek, share,  develop, and exchange the most needed and desired skill sets

  • Of those nine programs, five common best practices emerge: PD connects with state, district or school goals; it is focused on core content or teaching strategies; active learning opportunities are involved; collaboration is abundant; and a loop of continuous feedback and follow up is put into practice
  • Examples include embedding training into the work day and focusing on collaboration and coaching

  • one of the leading voices in the personalized learning movement, the process must “begin with the learner.” This means that the learner is integral to creating the goals, tasks, and methods by which learning actually happens.
  • Consider what’s happened with the Edcamp movement.

    Personalized PD does…

    Personalized PD does NOT…

    Generate motivation via empowerment

    Generate motivation via requirements or credit mandates

    Encourage the learner to find their own content

    Prescribe specific, static readings or video clips

    Necessitate time

    Increase efficiency

    Require metacognition from the learner

    Have a clear end or finish

    Require descriptive feedback from lots of sources

    Emphasize “right and wrong” answers

    Embrace low-stakes coaching and on-going development

    Emphasize extrinsic rewards or singular evaluations

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  • We also know that the most effective support is often the one-to-one, just-in-time assistance available from the classroom down the hall or the answer to a Twitter ‘call for help.’
  • Flexibility also comes through choices - where, when, and how - face-to-face or online - teachers gather.

  • We created a flipped PD model because we believed face-to-face time with technology integration experts should not be spent learning how to use technology. Instead that valuable time should be focused on the development and implementation of curriculum and learning activities that are transformed by the integration of technology.
  • First, a teacher sits down with a coach to explore options for projects and goals. In the time before the next face-to-face meeting, the coach provides customized resources for the teacher to review. These resources might include articles for information, inspiration, or even video tutorials. At the next face-to-face session the teacher works on the project and the coach provides support and guidance as needed. At the end of the session, the teacher and coach discuss progress and agree on an action plan. This process continues until the teacher successfully reaches their goal.
  • A variety of strategies are used to relieve teachers from their classrooms but the rotating substitute model has become very popular. Flipped PD pioneer Sara Hunter worked with building administrators to create a unique scheduling solution that utilized building staff to both relieve the teacher for their coaching session and deliver character development curriculum to the students.

  • Educators can earn the badge by then integrating what they’ve learned into their instruction in some way.
  • I release a new badge every few weeks, as to not overwhelm teachers with too many choices.
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