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Class Visits: A PD Model for Teachers Growing Teachers

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 203AB

Participate and share: Interactive session
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Instructional Coach
Mooresville Graded School District
My name is Caty Carmendy, and I am the Instructional Coach of Mooresville High School. I have previously been a beginning teacher of the year for both my school and my entire district. My teaching background is in high school math, but I now work with all core and elective subjects. I also have an extensive amount of experience as a technology liaison with other school districts to help with 1:1 or other technology initiatives as well as presenting PD at conferences not limited to but including NCTIES and ISTE.

Session description

Instructional coaches are frequently asked, What is everyone else doing in their classrooms? Learn how our school created a successful PD system for teachers to learn and be empowered by each other by participating in a virtual class visit.

Purpose & objective

The purpose of the session is for participants to gain an understanding of how to use an asynchronous/hyperdoc format to allow teachers to learn from each other.

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Hook: What do you see, notice, wonder about one of the hyperdoc PDs (5 minutes)

Intro: Participants will participate in a video study to see what they are and how they work (10-15 minutes)

Participants will learn how to create a hyperdoc and what each of the components are in the hyper doc. (15 minutes)

We will review the types of things shared within the video studies and how they are gathering the information that is being shared. Participants will stop and jot about other ways they can collect and share information. (10 minutes)

Participants will end by doing an exit ticket where they share some actual class visit topic ideas or how they can utilize this in their schools. Potentially post stickies about pros and cons of the format if time allowed. ( 5 - 10 minutes)

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Supporting research

This was primarily research - solution based answer to a problem that our school had which was teachers not being able to collaborate or see each other teaching because they weren't in the building with their students.

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Session specifications

Professional learning
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Professional developers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Windows, Android, iOS
ISTE Standards:
For Coaches:
  • Personalize support for educators by planning and modeling the effective use of technology to improve student learning.
Learning Designer
  • Collaborate with educators to develop authentic, active learning experiences that foster student agency, deepen content mastery and allow students to demonstrate their competency.
Professional Learning Facilitator
  • Build the capacity of educators, leaders and instructional teams to put the ISTE Standards into practice by facilitating active learning and providing meaningful feedback.