Welcome to Distributed PD
Why a Distributed PD Project:
- Because face-to-face trainings aren’t enough
- Because we can’t get enough time for all the face-to-face trainings we need
- Because we are working on so many aspects of important initiatives at the same time
- Because we don’t have enough Curriculum Directors, Tech Integrators, and Learning Coaches to do it all
- Because we want to model the learning we want for students in our professional learning with adults
- Because the professional development and support we need is too important to leave to chance
Key Questions the Distributed PD Project is trying to answer in a practical way:
- What is the professional learning curriculum/continuum we need for our teachers and leaders?
- What are quality professional learning modules and resources we could leverage to support our educators?
- How can we monitor and facilitate professional learning and acknowledge and “certify” what our educators know and can do?
- How can we recruit and “certify” a cadre of “certifiers”?
- Reframing Our Thinking About Professional Development
- A Sept. 14, 2014 Update on the Distributed PD Project
Background: Project Overview
We, a workgroup of Auburn (ME) Educators and friends, will be working on building a quality, distributed system of professional development in support of educators’ efforts to become skilled at implementing our strategic efforts. We will start by focusing on integrating iPads into teaching and learning and quickly expand to other aspects of customizing learning.
Watch this overview of the project:
This post provides more background on the project
Background: The Work
Distributed PD is part of Auburn’s comprehensive approach to professional development, which includes face-to-face workshops & trainings, coaching & formative feedback, teachers getting together to share successes and challenges, and lesson & activity invention & tryouts.
The key pieces of work in developing the distributed system of professional development include:
- A professional learning curriculum & continuum
- Learning modules built around that curriculum, and delivered in a variety of ways
- A system to “certify” and keep track of educators’ professional learning
- A system to recruit and certify the “certifiers”
- A distributed system to collect and share examples of various aspects of teaching and learning with iPads to help teachers answer the question, “But what does it look like?”
The tabs in the Header above (you might need to click on “Menu”) or the list of Pages to the right or below to connect to each of those pieces.