4 days of being cooped up due to record-breaking snowfall has provided ample time to dive into the pile of books that has been accumulating since winter break!
My first choice- Personalized PD: flipping your professional development
If there is ever a time for personalized professional development, the time is now. Teachers and support staff are working under increased expectations with limited time to learn and grow as professionals. We cannot afford to waste the time of any educator with one-size fits all professional development when we have the tools to personalize the learning experience, just as we do when we differentiate for our students.
I “met” Jason Bretzmann in a personalized PD session during EdCampVoxer in December. When I learned that the Maryland State Department of Education had chosen this book for a book study spanning over the next few months, I immediately added it to my #MustReadin2016 list. EdCampVoxer was the prime example of personalized learning- sessions created the first day of the event by the participants, choice, collaboration, differentiation, and the flexibility to come and go as needed. I was living the principles that underlie the movement toward personalized PD and that are described in this book.
Jason’s group assembled an outstanding group of leaders in education to create this guide, including Kenny Bosch, Brad Gustafson, Brad Currie, Kristen Daniels, Salome Thomas-El, Dave Burgess and more. You’ll also find vignettes by Kristen Swanson, Kristen Ziemke, Todd Nesloney, Joe Mazza, and many others. This group of educators has been using educational technology to accomplish the goals of personalized PD by flipping staff meetings, hosting EdCamps, and creating asynchronous learning communities.
You will read about both the strategies and the tools used to personalize professional learning by starting where each educator is and helping them to move forward. As Jason writes, “The bottom line is they can’t end up where they started.” This concept is something that I have been wrestling with, and the examples provided here have helped me to refine my vision of how I can make the most of the face to face time we have with educators.
I hope you take the time to check out this resource! The book is in your court…
#MustReadin2016 is a personal challenge to commit to reading books of your choice. Visit creator Carrie Gelson’s site here for more information and for links to other #MustReadin2016 book lists. Visit Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers to participate in the #IMWAYR community.