#Personalized PD @ Garnet Valley

 

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It would seem, based on the sheer number of newly written books and other publications, that professional development days in school districts need an overhaul. From articles like this from EdSurge, that gives readers “tips” on improving professional development to this article from Education World that talks about the importance of tailoring PD to each district’s own school culture, the message is the same: professional development is not meeting the needs or interests of teachers.

If we can assume that all districts want to provide the best PD for their faculty and staff, the next question becomes, why aren’t they? Having worked in several districts at just about every level, it becomes more and more apparent that planning successful, personalized, and meaningful professional development is HARD! It requires a commitment from district leadership, being open to feedback (and sometimes criticism), and it requires more than just a handful of administrators working on schedules and session topics.

Brad Currie (@bradmcurrie) and Jason Bretzmann’s (@jbretzmann) book, Personalized PD: Flipping Your Professional Development, uses the acronym C.H.O.I.C.E. to describe six factors to consider then planning meaningful and relevant professional development. Applying C.H.O.I.C.E. to all of our PD days at Garnet Valley takes a lot of time, an unwavering commitment, weeks of collaboration, and an openness to listen to critical feedback and study survey data. To plan the most meaningful and relevant PD for our faculty and staff, the following timeline keeps us on track:

Timeline  

Actions

      1 week after                               

Feedback forms organized and shared with Admin

Day of

Inservice Day

Day of

Sign-sheets Printed and Distributed

1 week before

Presenter bio & session overview to admin assigned to each session.

1 week before

Email Created & Agenda Goes Out/Linked to Prof Learning Site

2 weeks before

All Sessions put into MyLearningPlan so teachers can sign up

2 weeks before

Feedback Form created and linked

(drop down sessions for Feedback)

2 weeks before

Handouts created and linked (if applicable)

2 weeks before

Food Ordered or Food Trucks Finalized

2 weeks before

Checklist for outside presenters completed and returned

(if applicable)

3 weeks before

Work with Building Admin to Assign Rooms

3 weeks before

Work with District and Building Admin for Session Assignments

4 weeks before

Contact outside presenters & send presentation needs checklist (if applicable)

4 weeks before

Spec Ed and Curriculum Offices Meet to rough out sessions based on L.E.A.P. Committee work, feedback, and survey data from previous sessions.

5 weeks before

Technology and Curriculum Offices Meet to rough out sessions based on L.E.A.P. Committee work, feedback, and survey data from previous sessions.

 

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