Modern learning takes place when student experiences directly reflect the competencies they need to thrive after graduation. As we endeavor to modernize learning across our districts, we need professional learning methods that demonstrate our visions at the classroom level early in the transition to avoid strategic planning in excess without affecting student learning.
Achieve transformation at the classroom level more quickly while building district-wide teacher proficiency in modern learning through a blended professional learning approach.
Professional learning as part of the Digital Convergence journey to modern learning at scale creates blended learning experiences for teachers that pair face-to-face strategy sessions with digital modules. As we develop our visions for the future of learning, concurrently engaging a small cohort of teachers in early, blended professional learning opportunities can accomplish the following toward bringing our visions to life at scale:
Showcase what modern learning looks like at various stages, and inform progress among other teachers and stakeholders.
Catalyze the shift to a learner-centered culture across the district, building a workforce of modern teachers and ultimately impacting the learning experiences of all students.
Blended Professional Learning
During initial face-to-face professional learning sessions designed to expedite instructional transformation at the classroom level, the accelerated group of teachers learn hands-on, practical strategies which they can immediately apply in their classrooms, such as ways to increase student voice and ownership in classroom lessons and culture. Leaders and coaches who attend these initial sessions are equipped with all of the materials to replicate the professional learning for the main field of teachers.
This strategic deployment of professional learning allows teachers outside of the initial small cohort to observe the transition from traditional to modern learning environments, while also allowing the initial small cohort of teachers to reflect on their progress and inform the Digital Convergence Steering Committee as they move forward.
Digital professional learning modules compliment the face-to-face sessions with self-paced mastery of the “look fors and listen fors” of the district Instructional Model. Teachers build foundational knowledge about the philosophies behind the new strategies learned in the Literacy tiles of each module. Teachers then demonstrate evidence of their ability to apply the new strategies in the Fluency tiles of each module.
Building a Workforce of Modern Teachers
The Digital Convergence approach to professional learning creates the conditions for all teachers in the district to successfully facilitate learner-centered experiences aligned to the district Instructional Model.
When we apply blended and learner-centered strategies to our professional learning practices, the initial teacher cohort champions and coaches the transition at scale by a) taking ownership of and establishing their voice in the overall vision for modern learning, and b) sharing their successes to support their colleagues.
Coaching and reflection tools initiate a positive feedback loop that refines the professional learning plan over time and provides non-evaluative transparency among teachers. District, school, and individual-level success metrics supported by data systems within the change-management platform chart the district’s progress and proficiency at scale.