Insights on Professional Learning: Reimagined
May 2014 issue of Educational Leadership examines the ways educators are reimagining professional learning. Articles in this issue look at classroom observation, in person and online professional learning communities, edcamps, flipped PD, and more.
In her "Perspectives" column, Editor-in-Chief Marge Scherer shares the bright spots in professional learning and how trying new formats have had encouraging success. She notes that
Perhaps the most promising bright spot on the professional development landscape is that despite budget cuts, schools acknowledge that professional learning is the key to improving instruction. If we treat educators with more professionalism and apply the research, we may find that innovations will last, student achievement will grow, and educators will have many reasons to seek out professional learning—with a smile on their face.
Articles in the issue include
- "Planning Professional Learning" by Thomas R. Guskey
How you begin determines what you will achieve.
- "Rethinking Classroom Observation" by Emily Dolci Grimm, Trent Kaufman, and Dave Doty
When the observed teacher becomes the leader, that teacher becomes the primary learner.
- "Edcamp: Teachers Take Back Professional Development by Kristen Swanson
The EdCamp experience empowers teachers to share their best ideas.
- "One to Grow On / Classroom-Based Professional Learning by Carol Ann Tomlinson
A big part of professional learning should be mentoring teachers in reflection.
- "Effective Coaching by Design by Elena Aguilar
Instructional coaching must be both optional and a part of a schoolwide professional learning plan.