Transforming Professional Development Through Professional Learning Communities<br />Jill Montoya<br /> Online Professiona...
The Road We’ve Traveled<br />Tapping into digital learning spaces<br /> to catapult professional development <br />
Our Journey…<br /><ul><li>Started Small
Online High School (150 students)
Dabbled in Professional Development
Expanded To Teachers
Curriculum Alignment Project
PLC & Expanded PD Options
Built a Foundation
All tools in one place </li></li></ul><li>Frustrations<br />
Finding Balance….<br />
Finding Balance….<br />
Lead the horse…<br />
Start Your Engines <br />Identified Need<br /><ul><li>Connecting Teachers With Content
Creating Collaborations Among Colleagues
Expanding and Extending Training</li></li></ul><li>Our Roadmap	<br />Content Housing / Resource Bank<br />Collaboration Sp...
Next Exit:  Professional Development Pathway<br />Time to think differently<br />Time <br />Funding<br />Resources<br />Ex...
Our Solution….<br />
A spectrum of options<br />21st Century Approach to Professional Development<br />
Leveraging Digital Learning Spaces & PLCs<br />Communication<br />Collaboration<br />Meeting Extensions<br />Book Study Gr...
A Day in the Life of A Jeffco Teacher<br />Communicate <br />District News<br />Professional Development Opportunities <br...
Connected Communities &Digital Professional Learning Communities<br />School Based Connected Communities<br />Grade Level ...
What does it look like?<br /><ul><li>Let’s take a peek!</li></li></ul><li>A look at stats….<br /><ul><li>Year One (Fall 20...
3 Online PD Courses
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Expanding professional development offerings and creating opportunities for teachers to share best practices can be challenging when faced with budget cuts. Learn how Jeffco Public Schools (CO) addresses district professional development needs and supports millennial teachers without added financial strain through online Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).

Jeffco launched online PLCs with resource banks, collaboration spaces, and collegial conversation opportunities to offer continual support of teacher training and connect teachers beyond the time and space of school meetings. Jill Montoya, Online Professional Development Coordinator, Jeffco Public Schools, details how one of the 50 largest school districts in the nation developed online PLCs to support a guaranteed and viable curriculum, extend professional development opportunities, and improve communication, collaboration, and cohesiveness among staff.

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Best of BbWorld 09: Transforming Professional Development Through Professional Learning Communities

  1. 1. Transforming Professional Development Through Professional Learning Communities<br />Jill Montoya<br /> Online Professional Development Coordinator<br />Jeffco Public Schools<br />
  2. 2. The Road We’ve Traveled<br />Tapping into digital learning spaces<br /> to catapult professional development <br />
  3. 3. Our Journey…<br /><ul><li>Started Small
  4. 4. Online High School (150 students)
  5. 5. Dabbled in Professional Development
  6. 6. Expanded To Teachers
  7. 7. Curriculum Alignment Project
  8. 8. PLC & Expanded PD Options
  9. 9. Built a Foundation
  10. 10. All tools in one place </li></li></ul><li>Frustrations<br />
  11. 11. Finding Balance….<br />
  12. 12. Finding Balance….<br />
  13. 13.
  14. 14. Lead the horse…<br />
  15. 15. Start Your Engines <br />Identified Need<br /><ul><li>Connecting Teachers With Content
  16. 16. Creating Collaborations Among Colleagues
  17. 17. Expanding and Extending Training</li></li></ul><li>Our Roadmap <br />Content Housing / Resource Bank<br />Collaboration Space<br />Communication Venue<br />Start Small & Internal<br />Plant the Seed <br />Share the Success<br />
  18. 18. Next Exit: Professional Development Pathway<br />Time to think differently<br />Time <br />Funding<br />Resources<br />Extending PD<br />11<br />
  19. 19. Our Solution….<br />
  20. 20. A spectrum of options<br />21st Century Approach to Professional Development<br />
  21. 21.
  22. 22. Leveraging Digital Learning Spaces & PLCs<br />Communication<br />Collaboration<br />Meeting Extensions<br />Book Study Groups<br />Overcoming Geographic Challenges<br />Extending our Professional Development <br />
  23. 23. A Day in the Life of A Jeffco Teacher<br />Communicate <br />District News<br />Professional Development Opportunities <br />Connect<br />Teachers<br />Content Experts & Curriculum Specialists<br />District Leadership<br />Collaborate<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />Grade Level Teaching Communities<br />
  24. 24. Connected Communities &Digital Professional Learning Communities<br />School Based Connected Communities<br />Grade Level Connected Communities<br />District Level Connected Communities <br />Research & Data Driven Professional Learning Communities<br />Professional Development Based PLCs<br />
  25. 25. What does it look like?<br /><ul><li>Let’s take a peek!</li></li></ul><li>A look at stats….<br /><ul><li>Year One (Fall 2007-2008)
  26. 26. 3 Online PD Courses
  27. 27. PLCs at pilot schools
  28. 28. Year Two (Fall 2008-2009)
  29. 29. 9 online PD courses
  30. 30. PLCs at 80% of our 150 schools
  31. 31. Over 350 PLCs across district
  32. 32. Year Three (Fall 2009)
  33. 33. 40 online PD courses
  34. 34. offered to both Jeffco & Outsourced to other districts
  35. 35. Continued Expansion of PLCs</li></li></ul><li>Digital Learning Spaces Expansion<br />20<br />
  36. 36. How Do You Begin or Expand?<br />
  37. 37. Getting Started<br />Light the Fire <br />Expansion Follows<br />Become Self-Sustaining<br />
  38. 38. Will They Come?<br />Partner with University<br />Offer Inservice Credits<br />Offer Recertification Credits<br />Certificate Programs<br />ETTE – Educational Technology Teachers of Excellence<br />GATE – Gifted and Talented Teachers of Excellence<br />Open to other districts<br />
  39. 39. Let’s Chat! <br />24<br />
  40. 40. Need More Information? <br />Contact Us!<br />Jill Montoya Online Professional Development Coordinator<br />jstanley@jeffco.k12.co.us<br />25<br />
  41. 41. Explore Our Site <br />Jefferson County Public Schools, Golden, CO<br />http://blackboard.jeffco.k12.co.us<br />USERNAME: nsdc<br />PASSWORD: redrocks<br />26<br />

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