Feb 2, 2017

Deb Ramm

Beyond competency-based professional learning opportunities, how can you support various stages along the blended learning journey: • little/no technology • time/funding for PD • opportunities for teacher-leaders • tools/strategies for differentiation and formative assessment

3 answers

Jennifer Wolfe, Feb 7, 2017

Deb, My short answer would be to start blended or personalized learning PLCs with different groups of teachers and then start with some of these meatier problems. I recommend you pose these challenges back to the teachers to wrestle with and to pick small steps that they can build upon as the PLC grows in maturity.

Juliana Finegan, Feb 15, 2017

You can also have teachers build personal PD playlists to fill individual needs and gaps. By having educators reflect on their individual areas of need, you can help them expand their practice, identify innovative strategies, and improve their approach on a personal basis. Here are some free resources you can explore to share with your educators and give them opportunities to go beyond their current models:

  • TLA Practices - this site gives various practices educators can apply to their classroom. The search bar at the top is particularly helpful when building a playlist because they can search for topics like "student autonomy" and identify different strategies that have been used by the schools showcased.
  • Relay GSE blended learning courses - these can be taken asynchronously or broken apart into sections to help teachers strengthen their skills in mindset, routines, culture, analyzing data, lesson planning, and even becoming a blended leader.
Juliana Finegan, Feb 15, 2017

For some reason the hyperlinks didn't go through so here they are again!

Relay GSE courses:https://www.canvas.net/browse/relay

TLA Practices sitehttp://practices.learningaccelerator.org

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