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Powerful Professional Learning in the Digital Age (Schoology Digital Learning Leader Academy)

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Gretchen Kassel  
As technology evolves, the professional learning provided to educators must also evolve. In addition to powerful digital tools, educators need powerful and innovative professional learning opportunities. Come learn about a research-based professional learning program that is positively impacting educators and school district's around the U.S.

Audience: Professional developers, Curriculum/district specialists, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Professional learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Not applicable, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

*Explore an evidence-based blended/hybrid professional learning model being used with educators around the United States.
* Discover and evaluate ways to use a learning management system (Schoology) to design, manage, and facilitate professional learning for adults.
*Become familiar with educational research and characteristics of professional development that has been proven to be effective.

Supporting research

Characteristics of Effective Professional Development will be highlighted:
-Sustained duration
-Modeling of effective practice
-Expert support / coaching (virtual)
-Incorporates active learning components
-Offers opportunities for feedback and reflection
-Instructionally focused
Source: Darling-Hammond, L., Hyler, M., & Gardner, M. (2017). Effective teacher professional development. Palo Alto, CA: Learning Policy Institute.

Doctoral research has also been conducted by Dr. Gina Hartman looking at the impact of professional learning in a blended model.
Hartman, G. (2019) A mixed-methods study of educators’ perceptions and comfort levels of professional learning in a blended model. (Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University).

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Gretchen Kassel, PowerSchool

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