Our district (Putnam County Schools TN) is very lucky to have the Putnam County VITAL program as the lead for all personalized learning in our district. The VITAL program also has the lead for all Professional Learning for teachers and is moving toward PD Credentialing as time moves on. The VITAL program also pushes out trainings that can be both "traditional" and "virtual" in delivery. We feel confident that if teachers can experience the benefits of being in a personalized learning delivery of teacher professional learning, they will understand the student experience and outcomes much better. I hope this helps!
As I work with teachers and staff from around the country, we begin by focusing on the core beliefs the group has about student learning how we take those beliefs and meet them through blended learning and personalized learning.
One of the most effective (including cost-effective) ways to on-board new staff, is to provide opportunities for teachers to visit the classrooms of other teachers who have started to transition to blended learning. Through classroom visits, teachers can learn from what other teachers are doing, and the visits can also increase collaboration and dialogue within the school around blended learning.
For the last several years, we have created a Blended Learning 101 Orientation for new staff. Since we have over 85 staff members at our school, it is important that we set aside time and resources for new staff to our school to spend time reading, engaging and learning about our blended learning structures before the school year begins. Most recently, we used excerpts from Go BlendEd, Liz Arney, for staff to understand the baseline of structures.
As we continue to strive to go deeper with our work by personalizing what is taking place in these BL structures, we have the confidence that all teaching staff have a foundational understanding of what the expected instructional structures of a 1:1 classroom setting entails.
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