As we plan and strategize to DESIGN schools of resilience for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, thinking about how we DESIGN for ongoing professional learning and development is a part of that complex journey. Typically, schools designate a certain number of days per school year for professional learning and those sessions are conducted LIVE. There has never been a greater need to #ReimaginePD to make sure it is thoughtful, impactful, and relevant.
I would love to pitch out three considerations:
Seek to Cast a Systemic, Systematic Long-term Vision
Current PD learning is often here one day and gone the next – experiences can lack strategy and purpose. Attendees are often resistant because they do not know if the content and vision will continue into the future and where the support will come from.
With Incubate to Innovate, PD is purposefully designed, customized, and connected to systemic and systematic goals. Attendees are empowered to GROW while engaging either LIVE or in virtual training or in combination.
What is the long-term vision for PD for my school/district and how will it be implemented?
Seek Ongoing Collaboration & Connection
Current PD learning can be effective, but it does not always value collaboration and connection, which is essential for educators right now who often tell us they are lonely.
With Incubate to Innovate, relationships are prioritized and are longterm because of access to the ChangeMakers for Impact network, our online collaborative learning community for educators! Because of the network, there is access to educators and ChangeMakers all over the world who can be a resource.
How can we eliminate duplicity of effort and utilize the #PowerofTogether to gain traction through collaboration?
Seek to Personalize the Learning Experience
Current PD learning is often seen as being forced or driven from the top-down.
With Incubate to Innovate, we are able to create large group, small group, and individual coaching experiences to achieve multiple objectives at one time. We work with administrators to build teacher cohort teams who help to champion efforts and reduce resistance.
What might it look like if part of #REimaginPD is more readily giving choice and tying PD time and dollars to professional growth plans?