Suppose you were going to create professional development for teachers - either online or face-to-face. How would you make it engaging and motivating for the adult professionals who would be participating? This blog post provides tips for creating compelling professional learning, along with several links to additional information on adult learning, professional development, and motivating adults.
Professional learning for teachers can take many forms, including professional learning communities, critical friends groups, study groups, instructional coaching, and mentoring. In this video tutorial, you will learn about each of these models along with some tips for engaging in professional learning.
The U.S. Department of Education is very invested in promoting effective professional development. They indicate that the quality of adult education, and by extension, professional development, is critical to improving the learning outcomes of K-12 students. Their site contains research on professional development, noteworthy programs and projects, and many links to additional information.
Effective professional development includes, among other things, teacher voice, alignment with school and district goals, and considerations of adult learning principles. In this video tutorial, you will learn more about the characteristics of effective professional development through the lens of adult learning. The powerful PD tool of Plan-Do-Study-Act is also discussed.
As a teacher leader, you may be tasked with helping lead your school in moving forward in the use of technology and digital tools. In this blog post, Anne O'Brien offers suggestions to school leaders for setting schools up for technology success, including setting technology goals for the school and developing a strong technology team.
While today's K-12 students are digital natives, today's adults are digital immigrants, so the changes involved in adult learning through digital tools are significant! In this video tutorial, you will learn about different models of digital learning and implications of technology and digital learning on teachers' professional development.