DEVELOPING A DISTRICT INCUBATOR FOR ONLINE PD - METC 2014

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This slide set is an accompanying version to the set used live in my METC 2014 session on February 11th.

The session details the creation of a district-level online network for asynchronous professional learning. Much of the talk will highlight the "why" for such a network space and the strategy for implementation.

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DEVELOPING A DISTRICT INCUBATOR FOR ONLINE PD - METC 2014

  1. 1. “DEVELOPING A DISTRICT INCUBATOR FOR ONLINE PD” METC, February 11, 2014 Thursday, March 13, 14
  2. 2. hello @nashworld nashworld.me nashworld@gmail.com Thursday, March 13, 14
  3. 3. 3 questions Thursday, March 13, 14
  4. 4. WHAT IS ONE? 1 1 Thursday, March 13, 14
  5. 5. WHAT GOOD IS IT? 2 2 Thursday, March 13, 14
  6. 6. HOW DO I MAKE THIS HAPPEN? 3 3 Thursday, March 13, 14
  7. 7. ORIGINS Thursday, March 13, 14
  8. 8. stjoeh2o.ning.com Thursday, March 13, 14
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  11. 11. highlighted here: This network Thursday, March 13, 14
  12. 12. “Connections on social networking sites can provide students with experiences and knowledge they would otherwise lack.” from pages #152-153 Thursday, March 13, 14
  13. 13. “Students ask and answer questions, share photos or videos... and in doing so, they’ve created a real sense of community.” from pages #142-143 Thursday, March 13, 14
  14. 14. WHAT IS ONE? 1 1 Thursday, March 13, 14
  15. 15. saintjosephschools.ning.com Thursday, March 13, 14
  16. 16. Groups: permanent & ad hoc Thursday, March 13, 14
  17. 17. Groups: permanent & ad hoc Thursday, March 13, 14
  18. 18. 21,382 unique visitors from 2009-2011 Thursday, March 13, 14
  19. 19. highlighted here: This network Thursday, March 13, 14
  20. 20. “For a great example of a school change Ning site, check out the ‘St. Joseph Digital Express’...”from page #95 Thursday, March 13, 14
  21. 21. THE PRESENT Thursday, March 13, 14
  22. 22. WHAT GOOD IS IT? 2 2 Thursday, March 13, 14
  23. 23. N K C S C H O O L S NKCS Professional Learning Incubator 1 Professional Learning Incubator A Culture of Collaboration Providing opportunities to “soften” the walls of our classrooms as we continue to grow into the 21st Century The North Kansas City School District is vast with respect to both geographical area and total number of faculty. In order to turn challenges into assets, some form of collaborative sandbox for instructional alignment & innovation is needed. The Ning platform is rich with opportunity for the sort of local customization we need to assist staff in building relationships with colleagues and coming together around instructional issues and challenges. These actions directly impact professional growth, and ultimately, student performance and empowerment. Removing Barriers Teaching today is an increasingly sophisticated endeavor. More and more is expected from our staff as we seek to provide the best for our children. The ceiling we increasingly push against is time. The simple fact remains that our days will never number in excess of 24 hours. In light of this, we must seek to maximize our time in planning, highlighting and sharing our bright spots and next practices. Leaders at all levels know we can never afford to schedule enough face to face time for professional learning. The logistics aren’t there, and funds are limited. Given this fact, we are led toward making the most effective use of the time we have. The question becomes... how do we give teachers more feedback from peers, Administrators, Instructional Coordinators, Teaching & Learning Coaches, SALTs, etc.? How do we do this in a way that honors the time of all of the professionals involved, and yet do so in a way that credits the ways in which we increasingly interact in a digital world? We feel that an online incubator for professional learning will allow us to better connect research to planning and planning to practice. Ultimately, this culture of collaboration will help to spread the best of our work beyond the walls of our individual classrooms and in a way that allows us to interact when and where we work best. Getting There Startup for this is simple. The roadmap to implementation is easily articulated. Soon we can share practices, troubleshoot for alignment, coach one another, document the powerful work of our PLTs, and continue the engagement with our consultants. Together we can all become more effective in meeting the needs of our children for today and into the future. A place where ideas and innovations find growth, development, and instructional alignment. Immersion in Digital Culture The social web is currently a part of the lives of all children... and most adults. This approach will purposefully immerse adult learners in modern, online 2-way tools explicitly shifted toward learning. Sharing Instructional Practices Shining light on bright spots across our organization. Providing opportunities to troubleshoot. Making PLT Work Transparent Grade-level teams across the district. Content level teams. Cross functional teams. Multidisciplinary approaches. Support for Encore programs. Empowering collaboration & accountability Thursday to Thursday. Extending Professional Learning Capturing the rich work of and with our paid consultants. Extending these relationships forward. Curriculum Collaboration Helping our curriculum come to life and find alignment with both solid instructional practice and common, targeted assessment districtwide. Curriculum becomes a living, breathing entity. Opportunities to Coach With teachers reflecting throughout a common network, our many support teams gain another venue for just- in-time coaching. A multifaceted approach to adult learning... ...that incubates and reinforces best practices Face to face sharing is the best form of synchronous collaboration. Yet, asynchronous learning can easily evolve beyond the physical constraints of time and place. bit.ly/nkcsdincubator Thursday, March 13, 14
  24. 24. N K C S C H O O L S Professional Learning Incubator the most effective use of the time we have. The A place where ideas and innovations find growth, development, and instructional alignment. Immersion in Digital Culture The social web is currently a part of the lives of all children... and most adults. This approach will purposefully immerse adult learners in modern, online 2-way tools explicitly shifted toward learning. Sharing Instructional Practices Shining light on bright spots across our organization. Providing opportunities to troubleshoot. Making PLT Work Transparent Grade-level teams across the district. Content level teams. Cross functional teams. Multidisciplinary approaches. Support for Encore programs. Empowering collaboration & accountability Thursday to Thursday. Extending Professional Learning Capturing the rich work of and with our paid consultants. Extending these relationships forward. Curriculum Collaboration Helping our curriculum come to life and find alignment with both solid instructional practice and common, targeted assessment districtwide. Curriculum becomes a living, breathing entity. Opportunities to Coach With teachers reflecting throughout a common network, our many support teams gain another venue for just- in-time coaching. A multifaceted approach to adult learning... ...that incubates and reinforces best practices Thursday, March 13, 14
  25. 25. The social web is currently a part of the lives of all children... and most adults. This approach will purposefully immerse adult learners in modern, online 2-way tools explicitly shifted toward learning. 1. Immersion in digital culture Thursday, March 13, 14
  26. 26. “The more skilled a person is on a dimension, like academia, art, music, the more important they consider that activity to be.” -Pelham, 1991 Thursday, March 13, 14
  27. 27. NCTE’s 21st Century Literacies Framework: Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally Manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information Develop proficiency with the tools of technology ~NCTE 21st Century Skills Framework Thursday, March 13, 14
  28. 28. “Is it OK to be a technologically illiterate teacher?” Thursday, March 13, 14
  29. 29. Shining light on bright spots across our organization. Providing opportunities to troubleshoot. 2. sharing instructional practices Thursday, March 13, 14
  30. 30. “Showing someone a picture of a slow animal causes them to walk more slowly. The presentation of fast animals has the opposite effect.” -Aarts and Dijksterhuis, 2000 Thursday, March 13, 14
  31. 31. Grade-level teams across the district. Content level teams. Cross functional teams. Multidisciplinary approaches. Support for Encore programs. Empowering collaboration & accountability Thursday to Thursday. 3. making plt work transparent Thursday, March 13, 14
  32. 32. “Connecting people to people. Over and over again, that’s what lasts online. Folks thought it was about technology, and it’s not.” -Seth Godin Thursday, March 13, 14
  33. 33. Capturing the rich work of and with our paid consultants. Extending these relationships forward. 4. extending professional learning Thursday, March 13, 14
  34. 34. Helping our curriculum come to life and find alignment with both solid instructional practice and common, targeted assessment districtwide. Curriculum becomes a living, breathing entity. 5. curriculum collaboration Thursday, March 13, 14
  35. 35. “The value in media is no longer in sources but in flows; when we pool our cognitive surplus, it creates value that doesn’t exist when we operate in isolation.” -Clay Shirky Thursday, March 13, 14
  36. 36. With teachers reflecting throughout a common network, our many support teams gain another venue for just-in-time coaching. 6. OPPORTUNITIES TO COACH Thursday, March 13, 14
  37. 37. Leaders promote and model effective communication and collaboration among all stakeholders using digital age tools. + OPPORTUNITIES TO LEAD Thursday, March 13, 14
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  41. 41. CULTURE OF COLLABORATION Thursday, March 13, 14
  42. 42. CULTURE TRUMPS STRATEGY Thursday, March 13, 14
  43. 43. REMOVING BARRIERS Thursday, March 13, 14
  44. 44. 24 HOUR DAYS Thursday, March 13, 14
  45. 45. FUNDING FOR PD Thursday, March 13, 14
  46. 46. LOGISTICS FOR F2F Thursday, March 13, 14
  47. 47. ASYNCHRONOUS HONORS TIME Thursday, March 13, 14
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  50. 50. HOW DO I MAKE THIS HAPPEN? 3 3 Thursday, March 13, 14
  51. 51. “The old, hardwired ‘plan & push’ mentality is rapidly giving way to a new dynamic ‘engage & cocreate’ economy.” -Don Tapscott & Anthony D. Williams in Wikinomics Thursday, March 13, 14
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  53. 53. Getting members to read is easy; getting them to participate is hard. PARTICIPATION Thursday, March 13, 14
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  56. 56. -Allison Leahy, Ning Thursday, March 13, 14
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  58. 58. BELIEF VS. ACTIONThursday, March 13, 14
  59. 59. THE CHANGE PROCESS IN SCHOOLS Is it this? Or is it this? 1.Professional development 2.Change in belief 3.Change in practice 4.Change in achievement 1.Professional development 2.Change in practice 3.Change in achievement 4.Change in belief -ThomasGuskey Thursday, March 13, 14
  60. 60. “It is easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than it is to think your way into a new way of acting.” -Burchell & Robin, The Great Workplace Thursday, March 13, 14
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  63. 63. NING PLATFORM The details: Thursday, March 13, 14
  64. 64. $588/year Thursday, March 13, 14
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  69. 69. To post: Thursday, March 13, 14
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  71. 71. To comment: Thursday, March 13, 14
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  73. 73. “What the web has done is it has just kicked the ever-loving crap out of the cost of organizing people.” -Cory Doctorow Thursday, March 13, 14
  74. 74. LIVE TOUR Thursday, March 13, 14
  75. 75. nkcsedu.ning.com Thursday, March 13, 14
  76. 76. “The true value of a network is less about information and more about community. The information superhighway is more than a shortcut to every book in the Library of Congress. It is creating a new, global social fabric.” -Being Digital, by Nicholas Negroponte, 1995 Thursday, March 13, 14
  77. 77. Thank you. Thursday, March 13, 14
  78. 78. @nashworld nashworld.me nashworld@gmail.com Thursday, March 13, 14
  79. 79. ARTWORK THANKS “Tweaking Rock Junkie” by Caillum Smith on Flickr via CC “Indoor Rock Climbing” by Steven Depolo on Flickr via CC “A Soldier’s Still” by Lyle58 on Flickr via CC “30 Days of Gratitude- Day 8” by ausiegall on Flickr via CC “the pilot p-500 by Matthew C. Wright” on Flickr via CC “867-5309” by Mike Blitzenhofer on Flickr via CC Thursday, March 13, 14
  80. 80. 4-1-1 dial Information: 4 new ideas 1 thing i knew 1 call to actionThursday, March 13, 14

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