Professional Development Plan Nancy Minicozzi January 2012 Target completion date: June 2013
“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” – John Cotton DanaI firmly believe that as teachers we must not allow ourselves to be stagnantbeings; we must continually grow, learn, and add to our skills. To that end, Ihave identified several areas in which I would like to expand my knowledgeor increase my skills in order to become a more professional educator, and Ihave created this professional development plan so that I can share mygoals, methods, and future results with those who may be interested.
Rationale Although I am graduating this month, it is important to continue developing my skills and practices. It demonstrates a commitment to being the best teacher I can be. People viewing my professional development portfolio will see that I have set specific, observable, verifiable “goals for short- and long-term professional growth,” (Costantino, De Lorenzo, & Tirrell-Corbin, 2009, p. 18). By creating a standards-based professional development plan, I am able to determine those areas on which I would like to focus my efforts. Wong and Wong (2009) state, “The effective teacher is always thinking, dreaming, and planning. Your future happiness and career success depend on your ability to implement techniques and your capacity to grow with new ideas” (p. 300). I want everyone to know that I am that person, an effective, professional educator.
GATE: Goal 1 Learn new ways to work with gifted and talented students and other advanced learners. Domain: D TPE 8, 9: Learning about Students, Instructional Planning
GATE: Goal 1 Possible methods for achieving this goal: Join California Association for the Gifted; take advantage of professional development resources and publications. Read scholarly literature. Observe master teacher modeling strategies. Attend a seminar or conference. Possibilities include: LVUSD GATE Conference, Jan. 2012 UCI GATE Webinars, Feb. 2012 CAG Conference, March 2012, Palm Springs
ELL: Goal 2 Increase my knowledge of SDAIE and other strategies that can be used with ELLs. Domain: C TPE 7: Teaching English Learners
ELL: Goal 2 Possible methods for achieving this goal: Read literature. Engagement, Language, and Learning: Reinterpreting Softwares Role in ELL Classrooms Observe master teachers modeling strategies. Take a course or workshop. Leadership and Learning Center: Accelerating Academic Achievement for English Language Learners seminar, Nov. 2012
Assessment: Goal 3 Increase my ability to help younger students assess their own learning. Domain: B TPE 3: Interpretation and Use of Assessments
Assessment: Goal 3 Possible methods for achieving this goal: Read literature. Educational Leadership, Nov. 2005 issue, dedicated to assessment Other scholarly articles Attend a course or workshop. Professional development opportunities offered by the Assessment Training Institute Interview experienced teachers about their practices and experiences.
Educational Technology: Goal 4 Increase knowledge of educational technology. Domain: D TPE 9: Instructional planning
Educational Technology: Long Term Goal 4 Possible methods for achieving this goal: Subscribe to newsletters or other publications. eClassroom News, Leading and Learning with Technology, THE Journal, Creative Educator Attend a conference or seminar. CUE conference, March 2012 ISTE conference, June 2012 Discussion with experts. Join professional association(s). CUE and/or ISTE, possibly others
Artifacts Demonstrating Goal Achievement Goal 1: Gifted students Binder containing lesson plans, ideas, and reference materials; handouts from conferences or seminars. Goal 2: ELL Binder containing lesson plans, strategies, research articles; certificate of completion of workshop or class.
Artifacts Demonstrating Goal Achievement Goal 3: Assessment Lesson plan demonstrating how younger students self-assess, materials from conferences or workshops. Goal 4: Educational Technology Newsletter or bulletin subscriptions, conference materials, proof of membership in professional associations, websites I have created, lesson plans incorporating technology.
Reflection on Sharing Strategies It is important for teachers to collaborate with each other and share what they learn. I will share the information I gather with the other members of my school site by discussing it at a staff or grade level meeting. By uploading this plan to my ePortfolio, I will be able to share it with potential employers or other interested parties. One thing that I would like to do would be to provide a series of drop-in afternoons for other teachers where I could help them work on incorporating educational technologies into their practices.
Next Steps Register for UCI GATE webinars. Get information about upcoming conferences (CUE and CAG), and decide if attendance at one or both is possible. Get a new unofficial transcript upon final grade issuance for TED 690 and upload to ePortfolio. This will show that I have completed all requirements for my Master’s degree in Education with a specialization in educational technology.
ReferencesCostantino, P., De Lorenzo, M., & Tirrell-Corbin, C. (2009). Developing a professional teaching portfolio: A guide to success (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.Wong, H. & Wong, R. (2009). The first days of school: How to be an effective teacher. Mountain View, CA: Harry K. Wong Publications.