In so many districts, I see professional development still being done as a "one size fits all". One of the things we are trying to do more and more is differentiate the learning for particular needs. For example, even in one 75-person faculty, we might ask participants to line up in order of self-chosen level of proficiency on "questioning and discussion skills". Then, it is quite easy to number off and have people seated at "like-minded" tables. The discussions around certain new learnings might then be a bit more tailored to the group. Is there also merit in mixing things up? For sure! I just did a keynote presentation in one district for three hours on the first day of a district-wide "summit", then participants got to choose their own day and a half professional learning on topics such as new technology, engagement strategies (that was me!), and several more. In this manner, teachers are advocates for their own learning.
I could continue with my own experiences, but in the interest of expanding the expertise, I want to share a blog I read on Humanizing Teacher Professional Learning. Check it out and let me know what you think!!
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