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Designing Professional Learning for Your School or School System

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  1. Designing Professional Learning for Your School or School System Presented by Anna Brown Professional Learning Coordinator

  2. Purpose of session - • Explore effective and efficient ways to implement professional learning • Consider ways to evaluate and determine professional learning needs • Learn the guidelines and procedures for developing, implementing and documenting professional learning activities for PLU approval

  3. First of all, what do I need to do for teachers to earn PLUs for professional learning activities? • Review the DOE website for links and downloads for checklists, plans and approval process • GaDOE Web Site

  4. School System Requirements • Submit a Professional Learning Plan • Revise the plan yearly and submit to DOE • Professional Learning for 3 years should be included in CSIP • Establish a professional learning advisory council to meet at minimum 3 times yearly • Maintain records of addendum or “snap on” for each PLU activity • Develop Prior Approval form and ways to evaluate • Annual report submitted to DOE (July) • Ensure that PL activities are related to CSIP • Maintain PLU records a minimum of five years – Pioneer RESA prefers six

  5. Local School Requirements • Ensure that PL activities are included in SIP • When offering job-embedded professional learning, addendum or “snap on” must be submitted to LEA 3 weeks prior (forms vary by system) • PLU proposal goes before Advisory Council • 1 PLU = 10 contact hours; no more than 8 hours in one day • Prior Approval submission • Verification – whether on-the-job or mastery – must be documented • No “partial” PLU credit • Items needed are – sign-in sheets, agenda, outline, roster

  6. Now that you know what to do, how can you make PL as effective as possible? Consider a framework/Five Phases of PL • Build a knowledge base • Observe models and examples • Reflect on your own practice • Change your practice • Gain and share expertise North Central Regional Educational Laboratory

  7. Stop for a moment …. • What was the best professional learning experience that you have had? Why? • What was the least effective professional learning experience you have had? Why? THINK – PAIR - SHARE

  8. What do the experts say about powerful professional learning? NSDC – Standards for Staff Development Context Standards • Foster learning communities • Promote shared leadership • Require resources

  9. Which one is best? Model I Day 1 – motivational speaker Day 2 – plan and prepare grades Day 3 – select one of 5 workshops Day 4 – plan and prepare grades Day 5 – select one of 5 workshops Day 6 – plan and prepare grades

  10. Or this one? Model 2 Day 1 – vision, mission, goals, needs, data Day 2 – identify PL that needs to happen Day 3 – initiate learning Day 4 – follow up and problem solve Day 5* – coach, mentor, observe Day 6* – Continue learning, look at data …….continued through Day 12* * Partial days

  11. What do the experts say about powerful professional learning? NSDC – Standards for Staff Development Content Standards • Prepare teachers to understand students, create supportive environment • Deepen content knowledge and ability to provide instruction and assessment • Help educators develop skills to appropriately involve stakeholders

  12. Have you ever heard of this? Seagull Style PL Sit and get Drive by Sage on the stage 1st Day - Inoculation

  13. When is the “sage” worthwhile? • New information to faculty • Shift attitudes with a new perspective • Reinforce the direction you’re going • Offer experience and expertise in school improvement issue

  14. What do the experts say about powerful professional learning? NSDC – Standards for Staff Development Process Standards • Encourage data collection and analysis • Use multiple sources on information • Research-based decision making • Geared toward student outcomes • Use knowledge about how people learn • Provide teachers with knowledge and skills to collaborate

  15. Job-Embedded PL The most beneficial PL activities: • Action research • Assessment as Professional Learning • Critical Friends Groups • Dialogue • Immersing Teachers in Practice • Lesson Study • Standards in Practice • Study Groups • Video • Assessing student voices • Case discussions • Classroom walk-throughs • Data analysis • Differentiated coaching • Journaling • Mentoring • Portfolios for Educators • School coaching • Shadowing • Training the trainer • Tuning protocols • Visual Dialogue

  16. Appropriate Use of Learning Teams An hour-long activity to use with your staff NSCD Tools for Schools, November/December 2008

  17. Does this look familiar?

  18. References and Resources Tools for Schools, “The Evolution of a Professional Learning Team”, a NSDC publication, Vol. 12, No. 2, November/December 2008. Powerful Designs for Professional Learning, 2nd EditionEdited by Lois Brown Easton NSDC February 2009 research on professional learning

  19. Questions? Comments? Ideas to Share?