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There's No "I" in Edtech: Realizing Your Vision Through Team-Based PD

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Friday, December 4, 2:00–2:45 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
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Evolution of an Unconference: Designing Effective, Personalized and Differentiated Professional Learning

Nancye Blair Black  
Discover how school and district team-based professional learning can improve the buy-in and collaboration needed to achieve a shared vision around integrating educational technologies. Learn best practices and strategies from proven team-based PD initiatives that can be easily integrated at your own school or district.

Audience: Coaches, 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
Topic: Professional learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Visionary Leadership
  • Contribute to the development, communication and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive use of technology to support a digital age education for all students.
For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders to gather input on the plan, celebrate successes and engage in a continuous improvement cycle.
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

A shared vision based on outcomes for teaching and learning is at the heart of all successful technology initiatives. Nevertheless, many schools and districts have not fully articulated, disseminated, or realized such a vision. Team-based PD can have powerful effects on the the ability to develop and actualize a shared vision at the school and district level. In fact, there are 5 specific, research-backed strategies that can be applied to professional learning in any school or district context to improve stakeholder buy-in and constructive forward movement toward achieving a transformational teaching and learning vision. This session will prompt school and district leaders to reflect on the current state of their vision. Then through compelling visuals, testimonies, and exemplars, the session will reveal 5 strategies that they can begin using immediately to improve the effectiveness of all their professional learning offerings.


1) Introduction, including reflection on current vision and state of implementation (3 minutes). 2) 5 Vital Strategies for Vision-Effecting Team-based PD, including concrete ways to garner stakeholder input and buy-in as well as specific approaches to instructional design such as flipping strategic aspects of the PD and using adult-learner-friendly cooperative learning structures (10 minutes). 3) Wrap-up and next steps (2 minutes).

Supporting research

ISTE Essential Conditions; Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology (book) by Reiser and Dempsey (Eds); The Connected Educator: It Begins with Collaboration by Tom Whitby -; Learning with Connected and Inspired Educators by US DOE -; Cooperative Learning: Increasing College Faculty Instructional Productivity (book) by David W. Johnson, Roger T. Johnson, Karl A. Smith; Working in Groups by Harvard University -; Rezaee, R., Moadeb, N., & Shokrpour, N. (2016). Team-based learning: A new approach toward improving education. Acta Medica Iranica, 54 (10), 679-683; Team Based Learning Collaborative -

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Nancye Blair Black, The Block Uncarved
ISTE Certified Educator

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