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A 3 step plan to build alignment of professional development at the district level

3 short steps to ensure a successful year with professional development in your district.

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A 3 step plan to build alignment of professional development at the district level

  1. 1. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 1 A 3 Step Plan to Build Alignment of Professional Development at the District Level
  2. 2. Many aspects of education are being changed across the country as schools begin to go back for the Fall semester, so the focus on professional development to prepare teachers for new learning environments is more important than ever before. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 2
  3. 3. We spoke with Ari Flewelling, Tech Coach and Staff Development Specialist at Riverside Unified School District, to find out how to prioritize and create a professional development plan to create alignment at the district level. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 3
  4. 4. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 4 1. Create synergy
  5. 5. Ari explained that the first step to creating synergy is to think about what your needs are from a curriculum perspective and what you are trying to achieve academically with the technology. Don't start with the technology. Make sure to have your goals in place and then you can start to integrate technology around the goals. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 5
  6. 6. The technology department is next. The tech department is the department that will bridge the gap between the instructional/curriculum goals and the technology that can be used to achieve these. The staff in the tech department are the gatekeepers for professional development in this day and age. The special thing about the tech department is that they can speak both tech and teacher which gives them the ability to make sure the technology aligns with the curriculum and instruction goals. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 6
  7. 7. 2. Unify decision making © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 7
  8. 8. Ari suggests that when making decisions you make sure that as you are creating these plans, you are involving all of the relevant stakeholders. There is more than one group of educators who are involved in the learning process so everyone needs to be involved. Teachers who teach it and special ed educators who support it. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 8
  9. 9. 3. Have a mix of leaders © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 9
  10. 10. When looking for leaders, variety is important. Look for educators who are very interested and passionate users; They will provide feedback from a hands-on user perspective. Also educators who are not as comfortable using technology are usually a great fit because they represent the challenges for teachers who might not be on the same technical knowledge level as others. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 10
  11. 11. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 11
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