Edtech Solutions
Network Summit
Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

Keeping Your PL in Gear: Maintaining Momentum Through Structural Change

Times and dates are displayed based on your device's time zone setting.

Participate and share : Poster

Dr. Virginia Duncan  
Marie Henderson  

Discover practical ways to implement personalized PL environments that support teachers through changes in schools. Using various PL structures, change how PL happens, empowering teachers and students to be learning leaders. Flexible PL encourages ongoing growth/leadership even during times of change in education.

Audience: Coaches, Professional developers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Professional learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using a variety of research-based, learner-centered instructional strategies and assessment tools to address the diverse needs and interests of all students.
Digital Citizenship
  • Model and promote diversity, cultural understanding and global awareness by using digital age communication and collaboration tools to interact locally and globally with students, peers, parents and the larger community.
Content Knowledge and Professional Growth
  • Engage in continuous learning to deepen professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in organizational change and leadership, project management and adult learning to improve professional practice.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Presenters will share example PL plans; session attendees will gain examples, tools, ideas, and structures for promoting and developing a flexible and personalized professional learning model that maintains momentum and supports teachers through structural changes in districts/schools. Presenters will share personal experiences including ongoing, year-long leveled professional learning; novice teacher orientation structures; PL “events” that excite adult learners; as well as marketing strategies to engage adult learners.

Each participant will:
- Navigate flexible professional learning structures to understand how to convert in-person professional learning to asynchronous professional learning.
- Consider how different activities can be reconstructed to stimulate reflective professional growth when completed outside of the typical format.
- Explore how to empower fellow educators to take control of their professional learning through autonomous tasks that motivate the adult learner to personalize experiences.
- Gain tips and examples for designing and creating a flexible professional learning experience that meets the needs of adult learners.

Supporting research

Lead Like a Pirate by Shelley Burgess & Beth Houf
The Art of Coaching by Elena Aguilar
Do We Really Need PD? by Katie Martin
Distance Learning Playbook by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, & John Hattie

More [+]


Dr. Virginia Duncan, Garden City High School

Dr. Virginia Duncan has been an Instructional and Technology Coach since August 2011. Before coaching teachers full time, Ginny taught English, History, and Drama at the middle school level. Ginny is most passionate about helping teachers through their professional journey. She loves assisting teachers in their individual professional growth and helping them become teacher leaders. Ginny has worked to transform professional learning by implementing flexible and personal professional learning models and strategies that change the way teachers learn and grow. She continues to refine professional learning plans with innovative professional learning ideas and environments.

Marie Henderson, Hays USD 489

Marie Henderson is the Instructional Technology Specialist for Hays Unified School District in Hays, KS where she serves local teachers as a technology trainer and instructional coach. She designed and continues to facilitate a flexible professional learning model for district staff. She’s passionate about adult learning theory and empowering adults to implement student-centered, research-based instructional practices. In her free time, she’s a wine enthusiast, sings in two local ensembles, and enjoys activities at her church. Marie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education in 2003 and her Master’s degree in Instructional Technology in 2018.

People also viewed

DIY Digital Breakouts With GSuite!
Engaging ELA Activities With Google Docs
Reaching Out: Expanding OER and Technology Integration in the School Library