Diversifying Teacher Professional Development With Interactive Choice Boards

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Location: Room 260-2
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Participate and share : Interactive session

Dr. Sara Bourgeois  
Marcus Stein  

Differentiating professional development styles and practices is an effective way engage teachers. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to employ choice-board graphic organizers as tools to engage adult learners by catering to multiple intelligences.

Audience: Coaches, Professional developers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: -Google Workspace for Education OR Office 365
-Kami (
Topic: Coaching & mentoring
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session
Related exhibitors:
, Microsoft Corporation
, Canva for Education
, Wakelet

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will explore how a focus on Multiple Intelligences can help or hinder learning.
Participants will learn how to create EdTech Professional Development Choice Boards that allow participants to explore technology concepts in 8 different ways.


10-15 minutes
Activity: Participants will define their own Multiple Intelligence preferences.
Discussion: How can PD catered to Multiple Intelligences be helpful and harmful?

15-20 minutes
Instruction: Let's learn how to build an EdTech PD Choice Board with Google Slides and Kami
Resource Share: Choice Board Template, Choice Board Activity Ideas sorted by MI

25-30 minutes
Activity: Participants will choose at least 3 Choice Board Activities to complete

10 minutes
Discussion: How could Choice Boards be remixed for your Educators?

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Dr. Sara Bourgeois, Nicholls State University
ISTE Certified Educator

Dr. Sara Dempster is an assistant professor and the coordinator of clinical experiences in the Department of Teacher Education at Nicholls State University in Louisiana. She has experience teaching undergraduate and graduate-level courses focused on educational technology and she regularly works with preservice teachers to help prepare them for the digital age classrooms they’ll enter upon graduation. She also works with in-service teachers and educational professionals to help them integrate technology into their current classrooms and other educational settings they may work in.

Marcus Stein, Kami

Marcus Derrell Stein, M.Ed., is the Teacher Success Champion at Kami. He’s passionate about personalizing teacher professional development by embedding humor and joy into instruction. After earning his bachelor's degree in English education from McNeese State University in 2008, Stein worked as a Secondary English teacher. With a talent for edtech integration, Stein started his teacher leadership career by working as a technology professional learning community leader and then a districtwide Promethean Board trainer. After teaching, he worked as a Promethean consultant with AXI Education Solutions He also earned his master’s in educational technology leadership from Nicholls State University.

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