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A presentation that was given at the VA DOE Educational Leadership Conference


  • 1. Take a Bite Out of Professional Development! Professional Development Programs That Work Wendy Heller ITC Heather Hurley ITC Arlington Public Schools
  • 2. Goals
    • Learn what is needed to implement a realistic professional development program
    • Learn effective professional development strategies that we have used.
    • Learn how to access free and low cost online professional development resources
  • 3. The Question?
    • If I Won the Lottery...
    • How replicable is my work by someone other than me?
    • Why or why not?
  • 4. Understanding the Context
    • Why doesnt everyone just do this?
    • Barriers:
      • Time
      • Money
      • Resources
      • Administrator Support
      • Type of Adopter
  • 5. Adopter Types Rogers, 1971
  • 6. Assess Your Needs
    • You need to assess needs and create the means for on-going assessment and review.
    • Use this knowledge to create your professional plan and influence your choice of appropriate professional development strategies.
  • 7. Tech Survey
    • Wendys Survey
    • Heathers Online Form
    • Poll Daddy
    • Content Management System
    • LOTI Scale
    • Level 0 Non-use
      • No visible evidence of computer access in the classroom
    • Level 1 Awareness
      • Classroom computers used exclusively for teacher productivity
    • Level 2 Exploration
      • Technology used in student projects focus on lower level thinking skills
    • Level 3 Infusion
      • Technology used in student projects focus on higher level thinking skills
    • Level 4a Integration (Mechanical)
      • Teachers use existing or prepackaged materials to aid in technology integration
    • Level 4b Integration (Routine)
      • Teachers create their own integration lessons with little or no outside help
    • Level 5 Expansion
      • Technology is expanded beyond classroom walls. Global use of technology
    • Level 6 Refinement
      • Student use of technology is used to solve authentic real-world problems
    LOTI Lesson Evaluation
  • 9. The Missing Link
  • 10. Bite, Snack, Meal
    • Bite: Small bits of information that can be used immediately. Less then 15 minutes. (Isolated Skills)
    • Snack: More substantial amount of information usually has curriculum implications. Can also be used immediately. 45 minutes or less. (Integrated Skills)
    • Meal: The most information over a longer period of time. (Workshops, Institutes, Inservices, Mentoring, Study Groups) (Long Term, Ongoing Skill Development)
  • 11. Bites
    • Tech Blog Podcasts
      • Audacity
      • GCast
    • Handbook
    • Newsletters
      • Wendy
      • Heather
    • Blackboard Resources
      • del.icio.us
  • 12. Snacks
    • Modeling
    • Technology Training Sessions
    • Tech Breaks
    • Newsletter Lessons
      • Technology Integration for Teachers
    • Staff Meetings
    • Discovery Educator Network
  • 13. Meals
    • In-services
    • Float Day
    • Modeling
    • Discovery Educator Network
    • Study Group
  • 14. Grant Funded Professional Development
    • Work Smarter Not Harder!
    • Summer Tech Camp! Kids Shouldnt Have All the Fun
    • The World Outside My Window
    • Tech Club
  • 15. 3 Things You Need to Know About Grants
    • Read the Request for Proposals (RFP)
    • Specifically State Your Project's Impact on Teaching and Learning
    • Collaborate!
    More tips can be found at http://www.sun-associates.com/resources/10tips.html
  • 16. Maximizing Your Bites, Snacks and Meals
    • Schedule dedicated staff development days and time
    • Think about stipends or incentives for anything that goes beyond scheduled hours
    • Create your schedule way in advance
    • Use a combination of outside and in-house trainers
      • Use new faces to build upon known expertise
    • Assign follow-up tasks (meals)
  • 17. Benefits to Us and Our Program
    • Collaboration for ITC and Teachers
    • More seamless integration
    • Enhanced technology skills
    • More consistent integration across the grade levels
  • 18. Summary
    • You need a strong professional development plan that is rooted in a strong vision for technologys role in education
      • This role needs to be centered around the anticipated and desired student impacts (SOLs)
    • Training must be adapted to the various needs of your staff at different stages in their technology development.
      • Understand the stages, and then pick the appropriate strategy
      • Think about your range of strategies
      • Maximize your strategies... One size will not fit all!
  • 19. Remember...
    • Utilize strategies that build confidence and comfort
      • Mentoring
      • Modeling
      • Close support
    • Combine support and pressure
      • Support = peer and bottom-up
      • Pressure = top down administrative requirements
      • Pressure = competition
  • 20.
    • Create rewards and responsibilities
      • Accountability is the key!
    • Meal type activities should produce concrete products!
      • Sample/Outlined lessons
      • Templates
      • Examples of actual student or teacher work
    • Distribute the products
      • Produce a guidebook or facilitators guide
      • Publish materials on the web
  • 21. Reasonable Expectations
    • You will not have 100% adoption
      • Remember the 17% resister population
    • At least try to move people to LOTI level 4 a/b
    • This takes time: 3 -5 years on the average