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Choice and Voice: Activate Change in Professional Learning

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Monday, June 24, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 17

Jodi Anderson   Tammy Anderson   Krystle Bassett   Brandon Harrison   Dax Higgins  
Learn how to individualize your own professional development and learning. Through detailed instruction and hands-on exploration, see how you can be empowered by choice and voice in PD, thus providing the personalized instruction to support you in your educational goals.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: *Adobe Education Exchange (
*Digital Promise Microcredentials (
*UEN EdTech Endorsement and LBDL ( AND
*Google Certified Educator (
*Common Sense Educators (
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Teacher education
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Excellence in Professional Practice
  • Allocate time, resources and access to ensure ongoing professional growth in technology fluency and integration.
For Education Leaders:
Connected Learner
  • Use technology to regularly engage in reflective practices that support personal and professional growth.
For Educators:
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The vision of ISTE is that “all educators are empowered to harness technology to accelerate innovation in . . . learning.” Teachers know that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to teaching our students, so why does there seem to be a disconnect for the teacher side of learning? The purpose of this session is to let attendees know that technology has enabled educators to easily access many innovative learning paths; Paths which are personalized, self paced, and teacher centered. Attendees will walk away with how they can take ownership of their own ‘anytime, anyplace’ learning by being introduced to a variety of online professional development options. These professional learning platforms will include: Adobe Education Exchange, Google Certified Educator, Common Sense Educator, Digital Promise Microcredentials, Apple Teacher, PBS Digital Innovator, Kyte Learning, Amazon Inspire, and the Utah Education Network (UEN) Ed. Tech Endorsement/LBDL program. But more than just receiving an introduction, attendees will also be provided step-by-step instructions for site/tool registration, navigation, and exploration. Our aim is to also let attendees see how they can connect learning with their own interests, and how these learning platforms provide practical skills and knowledge which educators can turn around and utilize in the classroom tomorrow.

Attendees of the session can see how we have utilized many of these professional learning opportunities in our Central Utah Educational Services (CUES) Service Center region. CUES provides services for 7 school districts, totaling just over 2,000 employees and 15,000 students, in rural south-central Utah. There is a uniqueness of a rural educational setting. (Some may see these as challenges, but we embrace them as opportunities!) For one, the shear geographical factor. The CUES region covers 10,159 square miles (26,311 km2), and some of our schools (including single teacher/room schools) are as far as two hours from their nearest neighbor. Having the ability to participate in this type of professional learning is a must. Not just for time and convenience, but also for financial reasons. These online PD platforms are very cost effective, with no or little cost associated with them. One of the best aspects of these learning opportunities is the “connectivity” educators feel through participation. Sometimes a teacher may feel alone or out of the loop, but digital PD has taken down these barriers and allows educators to connect and collaborate with a larger community. Also, our teachers have really appreciated the ease of obtaining re-licensure and/or graduate credit hours through these PD platforms, not just hours from attending any old PD, but that of practical professional learning.

The CUES regional districts are heavily invested in personalized learning for students. By having teachers engaged in these types of personalized learning opportunities they are being active participants in this learning model, thus allowing them a better understanding of it. The 4 C’s of 21st Century Learning is another educational model that is employed via these professional learning platforms. Creativity, collaboration,, communication and critical thinking are all part of the learning process for teachers. The personalized learning consultants, Education Elements, has designated what they term the Core 4. These Core 4, flexible content and tools, targeted instruction, student reflection and ownership, and data driven decisions, align directly with the overarching goals of the before mentioned professional learning opportunities:

Our Region teachers have experienced great success through participation of these different professional learning tracks. An example of evidence of this is from those who have completed the requirements for the Ed. Tech Endorsement. Without fail, there has been an increase from all participants in all categorical questions from pre- to post- survey. Another is how productivity has increased from those who have achieved their Google Certified Educator levels. Many of our teachers utilize Kyte Learning. Kyte has earned the ISTE Seal of Alignment. Each course has been reviewed by ISTE and aligned to your standards. Also, Juab School District has recently implemented the Digital Promise Microcredentials. Because of this they’ve enjoyed success 87 micro-credentials earned. They have also had 2 teacher leader pathway completions. There has been an additional 30 minutes a week built into their schedule to allow teachers time for personal learning. And finally, there has been a board policy written to support and pay for micro-credential learning.

As can been seen, the objectives of this session are to provide attendees with the knowledge and direction to get started on their own personal learning journey, share examples of how these type of learning opportunities are beneficial, as well as relate success stories from ourselves and those with whom we work. Truly, teachers can activate change in their professional learning by being provided choice and voice in it!

Supporting research

1) Learning Forward Keynote: Autonomy, Accountability, and Professional Learning.
"This article illustrates the importance of teacher choice in professional development."

2) The Gates Foundation Examines What Teachers Want in Professional Development

"This Association of American Educators article reveals that although most professional development is provided from a top-down approach, professional development where teachers have empowerment and voice is the most powerful."

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Jodi Anderson, South Sanpete School District Office
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Tammy Anderson, Sevier School District
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Krystle Bassett, Juab School District
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Brandon Harrison, Central Utah Educational Services

Brandon is the Innovation Specialist/Educational Technology Trainer for Central Utah Education Services (CUES), a Regional Service center working with administrators and teachers in seven school districts in rural Utah. Prior to CUES, Brandon's experience in education includes teaching junior high school for thirteen years, teaching for three years in an alternative high school, and working as a Youth in Custody Mentor in two Northern Utah Districts. He was the Youth Conference Coordinator at Utah State University, as well as has taught in the private and public sectors in the Dominican Republic. He loves teaching and learning!

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Dax Higgins, North Sanpete School District

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