I love designing and leading professional development. It feels great to empower teachers much in the same way I do with students in the classroom. Additionally, it’s a great opportunity to connect with colleagues and give back to the community. In particularly, I’m interested in the evolving opportunities presented by educational technology.
Artifact 1: Differentiated PD Session on Turnitin
I was an early advocate for Turnitin at our school and advocated for the purchase licenses for Grades 6-12 (previously it was only used for the IBDP). Now, in our fifth year, there is a wide range of proficiency and consistency practice. With several new teachers joining staff, I wanted to create a PD session that had options for everyone, regardless of their proficiency. In addition, I wanted it to be fun, so I added a Star Wars theme to the slides to add interest and humor. To extend the session, I shared the slides and a Swivl recording for future reference to be added to our faculty PD resource page. I also coached teachers in the following weeks and sent check-in emails to ensure continuing support.
Artifact 2: MYP Climate Survey for G9-10 Rollout
As part of my internship for EDLEAD 6291, I partnered with the MYP coordinator to help support the rollout of the MYP in high school. While the MYP coordinator was experienced, I knew my experience as both a high school and middle school teacher would contribute a unique perspective on the culture and concerns of teachers on both sides. Many high school teachers were wary of MYP as they felt it lacked structure and rigor. The Concerns-Based Adoption Model in Hall and Hord’s Implementing Change: Patterns, Principles, and Potholes posits that schools won’t change unless their members change. In an effort to address concerns, we first created a survey and identified themes. Then, using the data, we planned sessions which addressed these concerns, such as a lack of rigor, workload and planning, etc. At the end of our six sessions, we conducted a comparative post-study to plan for the following year.