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A Journey to Competency-Based Professional Learning

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Sunday, June 23, 8:30–9:30 am
Location: 103A

Evon Zundel  
Are you looking transform your professional learning from "sit and get" to a competency-based model? Learn how elements of a district teacher-led coaching program supported Bethlehem Area SD's move toward competency-based professional learning for their teaching staff. We'll share sample competency documents, online instruction and badges.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Professional developers, 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
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Web browser, network access
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Professional learning models
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Systemic Improvement
  • Lead purposeful change to maximize the achievement of learning goals through the appropriate use of technology and media-rich resources.
For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Coach teachers in and model use of online and blended learning, digital content, and collaborative learning networks to support and extend student learning as well as expand opportunities and choices for online professional development for teachers and administrators.
For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Evaluate progress on the strategic plan, make course corrections, measure impact and scale effective approaches for using technology to transform learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This presentation will describe Bethlehem Area School District's journey from a traditional to a competency-based professional learning framework. The main presenter, Evon Zundel, will describe the credential-based prototype program (Schoology Coaches) that approached the following challenges:
How to provide embedded support to 300+ teachers in her schools on a newly acquired complex system that can transform learning
How to define and communicate the levels of competencies teachers acquire in the use of this system
How to foster teacher leadership by making micro-credentials a currency
How to reach teachers who have little time to attend after school workshops

Building upon this coaching program, our district designed a Sync-Master teacher competency to assist other teachers in utilizing the Student Information System Gradebook Sync with Schoology.

The district utilized Schoology LMS as the main platform for communicating and tracking the teacher competencies.

Participants will learn about the experiences and lessons learned through the transformation of Bethlehem's professional development program to a competency-based model. Through the context of the Schoology coaches program, the coordination of the district's Professional Learning committee, and the development and logistics of pushing out the first three teacher competencies.

The Schoology Coaches program has been incredibly successful in that they provide embedded support to all staff at the secondary schools in using the program and providing leadership in transforming their classroom toward competency-based learning.

The first competency for 2018-2019 school year, building a Schoology Presence in Schoology, was completed by over 90% of the teaching staff.


Introduction (4 minutes)
-Pear Deck interactive
--poll audience makeup
--asking about their role at district, Ask about challenges they face for Professional Learning

The Challenge - Initial Usage of Competencies to Build Training Capacity (10 minutes)
-Background about BASD
--Size of District
--Educational programs being implemented
--Purchase of LMS
- Wealth of Tools/Complexity unfamiliar to most
--Time available to have formal training Schoology Coaches Program
-Why this approach?
--Rising use of Credentials in Education
--Recognition by peers/administration
--Delineation of skills to make teachers feel comfortable training on what they know

Define Credentials and competencies (15 minutes)
- share credential chart and website
-Built Instruction - demonstrate Coaches Course - give access to course to audience
-Issuing of Badges (digital and physical)
-Professional Learning Community for Coaches/Social Media

Audience Think/Pair/Share (4 minutes)

-BASD Teacher Competencies for 2018-2019 School Year (15 minutes)
--Professional Learning Committee's goal
--Three Teacher Competencies
---Schoology Presence
---Usage of Formative Assessment
---Trauma Informed Instruction
--Teacher reception, success, lessons learned
--Exploration of other platforms

Q & A (10 minutes)

Supporting research

Study by Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at the NC State University College of Education

Quality and Equity by Design:
Charting the Course for the Next Phase
of Competency-Based Education

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Evon Zundel, Bethlehem Area School District

Evon is currently a Technology Integration Specialist at Bethlehem Area School District and adjunct professor for Lehigh University's College of Education in Bethlehem, PA. Her twenty-five year career in education has included experience teaching in the middle school Spanish classroom, classroom technology integration, project management and desktop support of a 1:1 learning initiative, and coordinating all aspects of an online language school for a not-for-profit. Her experience as an educator, technology integrator and online innovator shapes her expertise in bringing blended and online learning to teachers and students at her school district.

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