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Un-PD Your School

Explore and create

Explore and create : Creation lab

Taneesha Thomas  
Professional development is necessary, but why do we have to sit through sit-n-gets and not get anything? Un-PD your school with innovation and personalization while embracing the skills and talents of the professionals in your building. These free and powerful models provide growth and support for teachers.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Topic: Professional learning
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.
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:
Empowering Leader
  • Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

As an educator, Instructional technologist, and life-long learner I have experienced great PDs and not so great. This workshop showcases several types of professional learning models that deliver real results and allow for teacher agency.

Models explored through small group or partner work:
Pineapple Classrooms/ #ObserveMe
Social Media Slow PD
Choice Boards (if time)


Welcome & Intro - 3
PD Current Mindset Inventory and Reflection - 5
Social Media Slow PD - 5
Model Planning Work Session 12
Pineapple Classrooms - 5
#ObserveMe - 5
Model Planning Work Session 13
Badges - 5
Model Planning Work Session 20
Reflection & Comparison of Model 10
Connecting Your School to a Model 5
Closing - 2

Supporting research

Distinguishing Models of Professional Development
The Case of an Adaptive Model’s Impact on Teachers’ Knowledge, Instruction, and Student Achievement argues that utilizing a wider variety of methodologies to study adaptive models is increasingly needed as these models gain in popularity and usage.

This comprehensive handbook synthesizes the best current knowledge on teacher professional development (PD) and addresses practical issues in implementation. Handbook of Professional Development in Education: Successful Models and Practices, PreK-12

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Taneesha Thomas, Franklin Park SD 84/ Flutter Tech

Taneesha A. Thomas, MS. ED, is a certified Instructional Technologist, a Google Trainer, Google Innovator, an Apple Teacher, an EdTech national presenter, as well as CEO of Flutter Tech LLC. She serves as a captain for Chicago’s Google Education Group, she has also presented at EdTechTeam Summits, ICE, IETC, and ISTE conferences. Her experiences range from 1:1 deployment and management, student support, to job embedded professional development, to creating and managing a makerspace. Taneesha was also recognized for her technology innovation by CPS and was awarded the ‘Ones to Watch’ award in the spring of 2016.

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