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Voice, Choice & Multiple Learning Pathways: Professional Learning for the Modern Educator

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Sunday, June 23, 10:00–11:00 am
Location: 121C

Amanda Matarese   Dr. Michael Reichert  
Looking to change the culture of professional learning? Presenters will highlight best practices in professional development to promote growth in every teacher. This session will showcase the overall professional learning plan, as well as delve into successful professional learning experiences. Attendees will develop a repository of innovative professional learning resources.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Professional learning models
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Professional Development and Program Evaluation
  • Design, develop and implement technology-rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning and assessment.
For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The goal of this session is to provide attendees with several types of research-aligned professional learning experiences and share the struggles and successes of changing the culture of professional learning at one high school. Presenters will identify common pitfalls of ineffective professional development, then emphasize current research to develop guiding principles that support a shift to innovative professional development models.

Through the lens of Mishra & Kohler’s TPACK framework, presenters constructed sustainable learning models that blend best pedagogical practices with embedded educational technology training. Using the school’s one-to-one iPad program as its backdrop, the professional learning plan promoted choice, voice and multiple learning pathways to enable teachers to personalize their PD and continue to grow in ways they desired.

In this session, attendees will:
Discuss characteristics of effective professional learning experiences
Understand current research supporting innovative professional learning models
Learn about several strategies for embedding educational technology training within professional learning
Create a repository of successful professional learning experiences.
Design an upcoming professional learning opportunity for use in the 2019-20 school year.


This presentation will highlight:
Pitfalls of PD
Learning Sciences research to provide a foundation for professional learning innovation
Driving Principles guiding the change in professional learning culture
Active/hands-on professional learning experiences
Innovative Fails
PBL Unconference
Honoring teachers + voice & choice
Book Study
Personalized & blended learning opportunities (Podcast PD/learning series)
Lunch n Learn
Apple Teacher Training
App Task Challenges
PL in Bytes: Monthly site, Learning Series, Podcast Study

Supporting research

Mishra & Koehler's TPACK Framework
Puentedura's SAMR Model
Yoon et. al (2007) "Reviewing the Evidence On How Teacher Professional Development Affects Student Achievement.
Sustained, intensive, content-focused professional development. (Garet et al., 2001; Guskey, 2003; Loucks-Horsley, Hewson, Love, & Stiles, 1998; Supovitz, 2001; Wilson & Berne, 1999)
Darling-Hammond & Richardson (2009) "Teacher Learning: What Matters?"
PD Learning Should Mirror Student Learning (ASCD, March 2006, Examining the Teaching Life by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe)

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Amanda Matarese, Salesianum School
Dr. Michael Reichert, Salesianum School

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