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Please, No More Professional Development! - Finding Common Ground - Education Week - 3 views

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    "Please, No More Professional Development!
    By Peter DeWitt on April 17, 2015 8:10 AM

    Today's guest blog is written by Kristine Fox (Ed.D), Senior Field Specialist/Research Associate at Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations (QISA). She is a former teacher and administrator who has passion for teacher learning and student voice. Kris works directly with teachers and leaders across the country to help all learners reach their fullest potential.

    Peter DeWitt recently outlined why "faculty meetings are a waste of time." Furthering on his idea, most professional development opportunities don't offer optimal learning experiences and the rare teacher is sitting in her classroom thinking "I can't wait until my district's next PD day."

    When I inform a fellow educator that I am a PD provider, I can read her thoughts - boring, painful, waste of time, useless, irrelevant - one would think my job is equal to going to the dentist (sorry to my dentist friends).

    According to the Quaglia Institute and Teacher Voice and Aspirations International Center's National Teacher Voice Report only 54% percent of teachers agree "Meaningful staff development exists in my school." I can't imagine any other profession being satisfied with that number when it comes to employee learning and growth.

    What sense does it make for the science teacher to spend a day learning about upcoming English assessments? Or, for the veteran teacher to learn for the hundredth time how to use conceptual conflict as a hook. Why does education insist everyone attend the same type of training regardless of specialization, experience, or need?

    As a nod to the upcoming political campaigns and the inevitable introduction of plans with lots of points, here is my 5 Point Plan for revamping professional development.

    5 Point Plan

    Point I - Change the Term: Semantics Matter

    We cannot reclaim the term Professional Development for teachers. It has a long, baggage-laden history of conformity that does not
John Evans

Teachers: Embrace Twitter for Professional Development | Edudemic - 6 views

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    "I created my first Twitter account in 2008. Four years later, I finally made the commitment to using Twitter during an edtech conference, where I found myself frantically tweeting, retweeting, and refreshing my feed as I tried to take it all in. Honestly, up until I used it at that conference, I thought Twitter was just another social media blackhole. But through essentially constant use for those few days, I began to see Twitter as an excellent resource for educators and an invaluable tool for professional development - one of the best out there. So, for you teachers wondering about all the hype…I promise, Twitter is worth it."
John Evans

Professional Development: a recipe | Canadian Education Association (CEA) - 0 views

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    "The gift of time: Often underrated and underestimated

    Educators know there is much to investigate, debate, and expand on in our profession. Inevitably you will hear, "there doesn't seem to be enough time"…but time, we seem to find. Just go on Twitter and peruse for awhile, you will find dedicated educators taking risks, asking questions and issuing provocations to one another. We somehow find the time because we know our professional development (PD) is essential to the contribution we can make as teachers to student growth and innovative practices. Contrary to some current thinking out there, educators (and their practice) are always evolving, as is the curriculum that guides us.

    So given the gift of time, how do we use it most effectively or more so, in the most sustainable way? "
John Evans

50 Professional Development Ideas for Teachers - EFL CLASSROOM 2.0 - 3 views

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    "There is never a better time than "NOW" to start working on one's own professional development as a teacher. However, often unless by chance you find yourself in the perfect school with perfect colleagues - it is hard to get started and you'll find yourself in a rut teaching the same thing in the same way (or different things in the same way), over and over."
John Evans

Professional Development Model: Documenting4Learning | Langwitches Blog - 2 views

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    "Professional Development Model: Documenting4Learning
    March 23, 2015 - Documenting4Learning, Featured Carousel, Professional Development - no comments
    I just returned from a consulting/coaching visit to Mount Scopus Memorial College, a K-12 Jewish Day School, in Melbourne, Australia. It was a one day full faculty (K-6) keynote style workshop to set the tone for a four day intense follow up work with the upper primary school teachers and students. Together with Edna Sackson, the Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator of the school, we planned the overall theme, Documenting FOR Learning, of the intense week to connect with the whole school goal of using data to inform learning. "
John Evans

5 Strategies For Better Teacher Professional Development - 2 views

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    "Just as a teacher has to create conditions that support and encourage student success, school districts have to support teachers' professional development.

    Today, professional development runs the gamut from one-shot workshops to more intensive job-embedded professional development, which has teachers learn in the day-to-day environment in which they work rather than getting pulled out to attend an outside training.

    However, the National School Boards Association's Center for Public Education report, "Teaching the Teachers," notes that most professional development today is ineffective because it neither changes teaching practices nor improves student learning."
John Evans

Nice Visual on The Ins and Outs of Professional Development ~ Educational Technology an... - 0 views

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    "It seems like the practice of professional development within schools has witnessed some radical changes throughout the years. According to We Are Teachers, there are ten main areas that have been touched by this change. Starting with the choice of topics of PDs, in the past such topics were particularly chosen by the principal or school administrators on behalf of the teaching staff. However, today, teachers are more inclined to guide their own PD through concerted efforts in professional learning networks. Also a comparison between the delivery style of PDs in the past with what it is now shows a considerable  shift from expert-centred lecture style where teachers were mere listeners to hands-on workshops that view teachers as experts."
John Evans

Why Good Professional Development Is Like Learning How To Fly | Edudemic - 2 views

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    "Imagine if we taught pilots to fly without ever letting them in a cockpit. Or gave them the keys to a commercial airplane without the required hours-or years-of hands on training and practice. Sure, we'd show them plenty of PowerPoint presentations and make them sit through a few seminars on the theory and physics of flight, but then we'd slap on a graduation cap and let them take off into the big blue sky.

    Not only would it likely be ineffective, it would be borderline criminal.

    Yet when it comes to professional development for classroom teachers, that's almost exactly what we do.
    Most professional development opportunities for educators are still lecture style - telling, showing, and explaining how something can be done. And when the 'learning' is finished, we push teachers onto the runway with a cabin full of students and wish them luck.

    Predictably, many crash and burn."
John Evans

Twitter education chats: An astonishing source of professional development | #frizzle @... - 0 views

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    "I have recently discovered Twitter, and it has supercharged my professional development. The reason? Twitter education chats!

    Two months ago I would have said, "No, I don't have a Twitter account." I may even have been able to vaguely explain why I really don't have space or reason for Twitter in my life. It certainly did not seem relevant to my work as an educator. However, during the last two months, my perspective has completely changed. I now eagerly ask fellow educators, "Have you experienced Twitter education chats? They are amazing!""
John Evans

Building a Professional Development Hub for your School- Part 1- Why? | Langwitches Blog - 2 views

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    "Teachers and administrators struggle to find time to work together in a meaningful way. There are plenty of meetings scheduled. Many teachers leave these meetings though with the feeling of "could have spent my time doing more important things"."
John Evans

Building a Professional Development Hub for your School- Part 2- Characteristics | Lang... - 2 views

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    "This is part 2of the blog post series: Building an online Professional Development Hub for your School"
John Evans

Building a Professional Development Hub for your School- Part 3- Challenges | Langwitch... - 0 views

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    "This is part 3 in a series of posts: Building a Professional Development Hub for your School:"
John Evans

Indispensable iPad Apps for Teachers Professional Development ~ Educational Technology ... - 0 views

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    "The concept of teacher professional development has radically changed due to the boom in digital technologies and social media websites. The web now is replete with a variety of professional learning networks and communities of practice on almost any topic you think of. There is also another type of portals that have seen the light recently and which offer massive courses and trainings on different subjects, these are MOOCs. MOOCs are a great way for growing professionally particularly that most of the courses they offer are free. I have already featured some interesting MOOC resources that teachers can use for the enhancement of their PD and today I want to share with you some wonderful iPad apps that will allow you to pursue your PD on the go."
John Evans

Is My Professional Development Up-To-Date? - gustmees - 3 views

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    "I think that "Is MY Professional Development Up-To-Date?" is the first question which you need to ask yourselves! You can ONLY give BEST and QUALITY courses when knowing about the latest knowledge in a 21st Century Education. But ===> HOW TO know this? <=== that> Life Long Learning! <===">
John Evans

Educators Are Doin' It For Themselves: Creating Their Own Professional Development | Us... - 4 views

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    "Educators are creating their own professional development opportunities on their own time without compensation, acknowledgement, nor credit."
John Evans

Do-It-Yourself Virtual Professional Development: Taking Ownership of Your Learning | Ed... - 0 views

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    "With so many great resources on the web, teachers are realizing that they can learn just as much (if not more!) from their personal learning network (PLN) as they can from traditional professional development (PD). Educators are connecting with like-minded individuals across the globe, reading about best practices and new trends in education, and sharing their experiences with friends and colleagues. Through social media, popular blogs and webinars, teachers are taking ownership of their learning and finding PD opportunities that weren't possible a decade ago.

    Try using these strategies to make your PLN work for you, and take control of your own professional development! "
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