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Evolution of an Unconference: Designing Effective, Personalized and Differentiated Professional Learning

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Friday, December 4, 2:00–2:45 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
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Dr. Michael Bloemsma  
jill Bromenschenkel  

Have you struggled with designing effective, differentiated and personalized professional learning for educators? Come learn how three 1:1 iPad middle schools in the SFUSD have implemented a successful professional development program based upon the unconference model, which has received rave reviews and demonstrated an immediate impact in the classroom.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Professional developers
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: It is not required, but participants would be able to best participate in any interactive portions of my session. A device that provides Internet access to a web browser is all that would be needed.
Topic: Professional learning
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:
Empowering Leader
  • Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.
Systems Designer
  • Ensure that resources for supporting the effective use of technology for learning are sufficient and scalable to meet future demand.
Related exhibitors:
, Edpuzzle

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will know and be able to replicate the professional learning model and systems used for our schools in SFUSD and with the CUE San Francisco non-profit organization. As a result of their participation, they will learn the steps needed to implement the same professional learning model in their district and schools or organization. We will share our model and systems so that participants will walk away with the ability to easily replicate this very successful model that employs personalized and differentiated learning for educators. They will also learn how we were able to facilitate truly effective cross-site collaboration among our educators by brining together teachers from all three schools to one campus for an Unconference three times in the school year. In addition, we are also now going to include a section on how to host an engaging, interactive, and effective Virtual Online Unconference in this new world of distance learning.


-Welcome, Introductions and Objectives will be shared (3 min)
-Background on the journey that led our district to this professional learning model (7 min)
-Highlight SFUSD Unconferences (5 min)
-Highlight CUE SF Unconferences (5 min)
-Share slide with resources linked
-Q & A at end of both sessions (10 min)

Supporting research

Educators’ perspectives on the impact of Edcamp unconference professional learning (

Edcamp unconferences: Educators' perspectives on an untraditional professional learning experience (

Why Edcamp Is the Future of PD (

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Dr. Michael Bloemsma, San Francisco Unified School District
jill Bromenschenkel, Connectivity Learning

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