Building Professional Development Capacity

Session Purpose/Overview

The purpose of this session is to enable participants to conceptualize the overarching goal of professional learning: improved professional practice that leads to increased academic performance in students. The session includes facilitating the development and application of skills and knowledge necessary to plan and implement professional development to increase improved professional practice, enhance the quality and outcomes of professional learning, and improve student academic performance. This session provides participants with an opportunity to actively engage with the Professional Learning Standards adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education.

Session Description

This session focuses on participants developing teacher-leaders to plan and deliver high-quality professional development in their LEAs, schools, PLCs, and communities. Key components of successful professional development addressed include establishing participant buy-in, establishing compelling coherence of skills and content, and ensuring the transfer and use of what is learned. Focused planning on standards-based professional learning will be emphasized.

Session Objectives: Participants will be able to...

  • Understand the attributes of effective professional learning that influence educator practice and student learning.
  • Develop an understanding about how adults learn to create engaging, practical, and relevant professional learning.
  • Apply characteristics of effective planning to make decisions about the design of learning experiences.
  • Examine how change affects individuals differently in order to respond appropriately to their concerns.
  • Apply techniques for facilitating and engaging effective collaborative learning.
  • Define evaluation in relationship to professional learning.
  • Acquire strategies, tools, and resources to assist in evaluating professional learning - Building PD Capacity Toolkit.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will...

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the attributes of effective professional learning that influence educator practice and student learning;
  • Develop an understanding about how adults learn to create engaging, practical, and relevant professional learning.
  • Acquire strategies, tools, and resources to assist in evaluating professional learning - Building PD Capacity Toolkit.



Pre-work

Read about the Standards for Professional Learning adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education.
http://goo.gl/rh625

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