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Professional Development Strategies to Lead and Empower

Explore and create
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Explore and create : Workshop

Saturday, June 22, 4:00–5:30 pm
Location: 118B

Kim Darche  
We'll explore professional learning strategies to engage, inspire and build community. The following four pillars will serve as the framework: inviting investment, pushing possibilities, interesting interactions and maintaining momentum. This session is jam-packed with hands-on and minds-on activities that will allow you to transform theory into practice.

Audience: Coaches, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Professional developers
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 Administrators:
Excellence in Professional Practice
  • Facilitate and participate in learning communities that stimulate, nurture and support administrators, faculty and staff in the study and use of technology.
  • Promote and model effective communication and collaboration among stakeholders using digital age tools.
For Coaches:
Content Knowledge and Professional Growth
  • Engage in continual learning to deepen content and pedagogical knowledge in technology integration and current and emerging technologies necessary to effectively implement the ISTE Standards •S and ISTE Standards •T.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Working with adult learners has its unique set of challenges and avenues which increase success. In this workshop, we will explore ways to boost not just participation in learning opportunities but to fill them with joy and laughter while engaging in the experience.

Participants will..... Develop a toolkit of resources and techniques for designing prioritized and impactful professional learning Reimagine and reinvent previously utilized/implemented pd opportunities based on reflection from the 4 pillars of professional learning. Strategically plan to incorporate at least 3-5 strategies for future job-embedded professional learning aligned to school and/or district goals.

Participants... will utilize technology to support discussions and elicit more responses from adult learners. We will leverage the G Suite tools in unique ways, explore padlet and its new features, Voxer, Twitter, and Screencasting.

Participants...will engage in the activities as participants and then discuss reactions to the work. We will employ roleplaying, improv, collaborative challenges along with guided reflection.

All activities and strategies can be found in the Outline.

Evidence of success - This workshop has been presented nationally and I am humbled still that I have so many educators reach out to me to continued support and to celebrate their successes in their own districts!


Intro - (10 Mins)

Inviting Investment - Strategies: Snowball Initial Reflection Reflecting on the Past and Present Strategies: Big Picture, Symbolism Museum Walk Draw on Big Paper a picture (symbol) of what you think of when we say Professional Learning Follow up with a “museum walk” of the Drawings
Making it Personal: Music, Books, TV Shows that will be used in the Presentation Turn an Institute Day into a Day of Personalized Learning including Work Sessions Strategies: Spaces and Movement Discussion of Room Design and Spaces Fidget Baskets/Butcher Paper on the Table Importance of being Hands-on/Minds-On/Relationship between Brain/Body Questioning Techniques that get results Open/Closed Questioning Techniques Connections to Research (40 Mins)

Pushing Possibilities Definition/Discussion Designing Experiences that allow learners and staff to grow in unique ways Exploring specifically questioning techniques Online vs Offline In the midst of the Learning what can we do to push thinking with our colleagues Strategies: Walk About with focus question Obstacles - A stranger solves Spaghetti on the Wall - Nontraditional Forms of PD Role Play with Observation Connections to Research (40 Mins)

Interesting Interactions Definition/Discussion Dissecting what makes the interactions successful Strategies: Picture Books - The Little Gardener Collaborative Work - Pictionary Brainstorming: Target Practice.Rose/Bud/Thorn Progressive Professional Learning Altering the Mentoring Program Conversations - Paperclips Austin’s Butterfly - Authentic Feedback Connections to Research (40 Mins)

Maintaining Momentum Definition/Discussion Build in Reflection Tools for successful follow-through Strategies: Twitter Activities and Motivational Mondays and Leveraging Pinterest PD Calendar template for participants/discuss the year-long planning will allow maintaining momentum over the year Collaborative Docs created by Teacher Leaders Importance of Consistency/Year Long Planning The Power of “Yet” (40 Mins)

Deepening the Discussion with “Yet”, “Why?”, and “Yes, and..” Connections to Research Closing “ ____________ “ ify insert your school name in the blank The importance how to taking what you find from other educators and adapt it to meet the needs of your school/district Be the Change - Participants write down what they will change on cardboard and that is made into a video sent to all involved the next day (10 Mins)

Supporting research

Leading with Focus by Mike Schmoker QFT Techniques - Jim Knight Coaching Institute -

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Kim Darche, SD113A

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