This week CTQ bloggers kicked off a two week exploration of the theme: How Do Teachers [Really] Learn? I have loved reading the blogs and the insights from such thoughtful educators. It has pushed me to reflect on what I have learned about what teachers want and the implications for designing professional learning. Recently, I… Read More Personalized Learning for Students Requires Personalized Learning for Teachers
I always cringe when I hear the the word “training” used when describing development work with educators. As many people would agree, training seems to be what one does to people as opposed to a process of learning, which is developing knowledge through authentic and relevant experiences. Professional development must move from something that we… Read More Training versus Learning: Changing the Paradigm of Educator Development
I had the opportunity to work with a wonderful group of teacher leaders recently. As we were sharing our beliefs about learning, reading about some examples and discussing what it could and should look like everyone was excited and you could feel the passion in the room. Then, I asked the question that I knew would… Read More When Is The Last Time You Observed One of Your Peers?
Have you ever left a meeting, PLC, or any other professional development session wondering what the purpose of the time together was and still unclear about what is expected of you? Unfortunately, you are not alone. This happens time and time again at all levels of education and then we pass on these same experiences… Read More 5 Reasons Professional Development is NOT Transforming Learning
After many technology driven initiatives and false hopes of technology as a silver bullet, there is a new mantra in education today: “It’s not about technology, it’s about the learning”. This is the message that has begun to sink in as people recognize that technology alone will not change learning for the majority of students.… Read More What Message Are We Really Sending About Learning and Technology?
As the tools, resources and goals in education are changing, the roles of teachers and leaders must too. In an effort to do this, there has been a lot of focus on redefining professional development to better meet the needs of teachers and leaders. I am all for this conversation and have written about it here… Read More Job-Embedded Professional Learning