Bringing it On-line! An Innovative Framework for Building Capacity for Texas Afterschool Staff  Kathryn Brown, Instruction...
Presentation Agenda <ul><li>Overview of Texas 21 st  CCLC </li></ul><ul><li>Our Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>What we have d...
Overview of the Texas 21 st  CCLC  (ACE) Program <ul><li>The federal government awarded $24.5 million to the Texas Educati...
Overview of the Texas 21 st  CCLC  (ACE) Program <ul><li>All Texas ACE programs strive to improve : </li></ul><ul><li>Acad...
Edvance Research’s Role <ul><li>Work closely with Candace Ferguson, Texas Education Agency, Manager Texas 21 st  CCLC </li...
Our Challenge <ul><li>Current Cycles being served  (each cycle is 5-years) : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cycle 4 </li></ul></ul>...
Our Challenge <ul><li>Grantee Directors </li></ul>
Our Challenge <ul><li>Center staff </li></ul>
Where do we begin? <ul><li>Needs Assessment Results </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze Needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>70% of grantee s...
3-Tier Levels of Service
The Road to Implementation <ul><li>Webinars </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Bulletin Boards </li></ul><ul><li...
Professional Development Process
<ul><li>Integrate social learning into and formal learning </li></ul><ul><li>A framework for online Professional Forums </...
<ul><li>“ Thank you so much. I just finished watching the archived webinar and I must say that I have been involved with a...
Change in Attitude Factors <ul><li>Customer Service attitude  (TEA & Edvance) </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-webinar technical supp...
Where We are Headed <ul><li>Webinar series with tools and materials </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Online co...
Questions? <ul><li>Contact information Kathryn Brown </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Candace Ferguson,...
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Edvance Research, Inc., a Texas Education Agency partner, will share an online delivery framework for providing technical assistance and professional development to Texas 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool staff. This framework includes an online community component and strategy that is creating a shift in participant attitudes towards online learning.

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  • The federal government awarded $24.5 million to TEA in July 2002, which was used to fund TEA’s first group of 21 st CCLC grantees for school year 2003-2004. This has increased to almost $100 million in recent years. The 21 st Century Community Learning Centers (21 st CCLC) serves as a supplementary program to enhance state or local reform efforts to assist students in meeting academic standards in core subjects (math, reading, science, social studies) by providing out-of-school time services to student and their families.
  • On-demand and on-time Self-guided training modules (CPEs awarded) Show Me, interactive tutorials Podcasts/Enhanced Podcasts Guided, facilitated online course (Project Director, Consultant) Product and interactive focused Specific times for a cohort of participants Certificates awarded for completion Includes synchronous and asynchronous learning Webinar sessions (become archived) Focused topics Face-to-Face Workshop sessions Targeted by region and need Part of an online course Face-to-Face Workshop sessions Targeted by region and need
  • Preparing for the Learning: Participants do a quick assessment of areas they would like to focus on and do some goal setting in the topic area. This can be done via a form through Moodle (where they can come back and do part 4) or a set up online discussion. Interactive Learning: Participants will attend the webinar, listen to a podcast, or go through an online component where they will learn new knowledge and interact with others via collaboration tools, online discussions, or blogs. Supporting the Transformation: After they have attended a component or all modules in the series, participants will apply their new knowledge in their program, using online discussions for support and asking questions, and observations by TACs and data will help inform this transformation. Evaluating and Refining: This is where we look for evidence and the results from the professional development and identify any refinement to the professional development needed and to their processes or strategies they have implements. They will look for the evidence and data that shows they have reached their goals and document this via the online form from step 1. TACs will help inform this through site visits and observations.
  • (connecting to Bill’s presentation on professional forums…) Edvance has the experience to also convene professional forums online, blending real-time with on-time learning. We can do this on a small scale within organizations and across large geographical regions via the internet, Addressing: Diverse expertise levels Technology skill levels Adult learning needs Our theory of action is based on what we know works in the workplace and on research and using social media tools and knowing that the majority of learning in organizations happens socially or informally (research by Jay Cross and the US Department of Labor). Imagine being in a training session with others, you have opportunity to: reflect, interact with others about ideas, debrief and talk about solutions Share experiences and different perspectives Ask questions, ask for clarification It is a very social experience, in fact we mark down training that doesn’t engage us as learners even if the content was great. Moving to Web-based training changed all that – individualized learning, some discussions/discussion boards, but our strategy is to take what we have learned from social media tools and blend them into our courses to create a professional forum so there is: Interaction as we have seen using blogs and second life To create a community of learners and practitioners (as we see mySpace or Network as we have seen happen in LinkdIn and FaceBook It’s taking the ideas from Twitter, myspace, linkdin, facebook, blogs, etc and bringing those in for creating a professional forum… in meaningful ways. We can embed these ideas and interactions within the course around the content, for example, being able to reflect and comment on the content or practice introduces within the page, almost a wiki approach We can wrap these interactions around a course or learning objects (just like there is “talk about a book on amazon”, there is talk before and after and about a course/learning experience) – right now as elearning goes, this happens outside, maybe via email with learners, but we are talking about providing the space where they can rate and comment on a course, they contribute to the refinement of the material and examples and how they applied their learning given a set of courses, - search, reports and analytics, leading to identifying talent and expertise that we otherwise wouldn’t have captured – provide a voice, reducing turnover, feeling validated and heard. (creating a product after We can create a community outside of a formal learning situation where networking and sharing outside of the “content” adds value. Right now none of these exchanges are tracked or monitored by organizations. - this structure provides insight into the real issues members face – interactions are on any topic, not just the content. Through this we really give opportunity in these online professional forums to improve efficiency, productivity, flexibility and creating a learning culture where everyone is engaged in learning and as co-creators.
  • Bringing it On-line! An Innovative Framework for Building Capacity for Texas Afterschool Staff

    1. 1. Bringing it On-line! An Innovative Framework for Building Capacity for Texas Afterschool Staff Kathryn Brown, Instructional Designer Edvance Research, Inc. The 15 th Annual Sloan C International Conference October 29, 2009 Funded by the 21 st CCLC program administered by the US Department of Education
    2. 2. Presentation Agenda <ul><li>Overview of Texas 21 st CCLC </li></ul><ul><li>Our Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>What we have done </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Framework for Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Development Process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Change in attitude </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where we are headed </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
    3. 3. Overview of the Texas 21 st CCLC (ACE) Program <ul><li>The federal government awarded $24.5 million to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in July 2002 (Year 1) </li></ul><ul><li>Supplementary program enhancing state or local reform efforts to assist in meeting academic standards in core subjects – Providing out of school time services to Students & Families </li></ul>
    4. 4. Overview of the Texas 21 st CCLC (ACE) Program <ul><li>All Texas ACE programs strive to improve : </li></ul><ul><li>Academics </li></ul><ul><li>Attendance </li></ul><ul><li>Behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion rates </li></ul><ul><li>Graduation rates </li></ul><ul><li>College and career readiness </li></ul>
    5. 5. Edvance Research’s Role <ul><li>Work closely with Candace Ferguson, Texas Education Agency, Manager Texas 21 st CCLC </li></ul><ul><li>Provide guidance and assistance through: </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Program Implementation Assurance </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Network </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking & Reporting </li></ul>
    6. 6. Our Challenge <ul><li>Current Cycles being served (each cycle is 5-years) : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cycle 4 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Total grantees 31, centers 125 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cycle 5 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Total grantees 27, centers 219 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cycle 6 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Total grantees 45, centers 290 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Total grantees 103, centers 634 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>74 ISDs </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>19 Non-profit Agencies </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6 Charter Schools </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 Education Service Centers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 Council of Governments </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Our Challenge <ul><li>Grantee Directors </li></ul>
    8. 8. Our Challenge <ul><li>Center staff </li></ul>
    9. 9. Where do we begin? <ul><li>Needs Assessment Results </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze Needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>70% of grantee staff had never participated in a webinar or online training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preferred method of training face-to-face </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Costly </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Current status quo </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Resulted in inconsistencies across the state </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Need Grantees to view “Big Picture” </li></ul>
    10. 10. 3-Tier Levels of Service
    11. 11. The Road to Implementation <ul><li>Webinars </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Bulletin Boards </li></ul><ul><li>iTunes University </li></ul><ul><li>On Demand Courses </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle designated as LMS </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional Templates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For engaged and creative learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consistency and modeling throughout program </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Professional Development Process
    13. 13. <ul><li>Integrate social learning into and formal learning </li></ul><ul><li>A framework for online Professional Forums </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Embedded within the learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wrapped around the learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community outside of the learning </li></ul></ul>Professional Forums Course Course Course Course
    14. 14. <ul><li>“ Thank you so much. I just finished watching the archived webinar and I must say that I have been involved with after-school programming going on 8 years and It was just great. I am really excited that you all have gone this route.” </li></ul><ul><li> - Texas ACE Grantee Director </li></ul>Change in Attitude
    15. 15. Change in Attitude Factors <ul><li>Customer Service attitude (TEA & Edvance) </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-webinar technical support sessions </li></ul><ul><li>On-call support </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Network </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate avenues to accessing content and information </li></ul><ul><li>Timely and flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging grantees as dev partners </li></ul>
    16. 16. Where We are Headed <ul><li>Webinar series with tools and materials </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Online courses – MyTexasACE Moodle site </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging grantees as partners, presenters, and developers - Valuing Perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing successes and plans with the Department of Education, 21 st CCLC </li></ul>
    17. 17. Questions? <ul><li>Contact information Kathryn Brown </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Candace Ferguson, Texas Education Agency, Manager - 21st CCLCs State Initiatives, Division of Programs for At-Risk Youth [email_address] </li></ul>

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