Magazine article Technology & Learning

Innovative Approaches to Professional Development

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Innovative Approaches to Professional Development

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District leaders were excited to share some of their innovative approaches to professional development.

Andrew Schwab, Associate Superintendent, Learning and Innovation, at San Jose (CA) Union School District, started off the discussion. "Professional development should be an adventure where we give teachers lots of opportunities to engage," he said. "PD is mostly voluntary in our district. We have teacher leaders who get a stipend for taking on additional responsibilities. They give instructional support to teachers, who get credits but not additional salary for participating in PD." In his district, they operate on an academy concept and also promote Edcamps. "If you'll come spend three days with us, we'll give you something cool and teach you how to use it."

Todd Black, Assistant Superintendent at Mooresville (NC) Graded School District, said, "We take a different slant on PD ... We have instructional coaches who are responsible for working with teachers in school. Every school has a PLC and is responsible for finding new tech tools to use in the classroom. Then, the coaches help teachers present the new tools to the class for the first time. …

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