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Bpsom Learning Forward Conference July 2011


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Boston Public Schools Online Mentoring: Using Technology to Support 2nd & 3rd Year Teachers Presentation

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Bpsom Learning Forward Conference July 2011

  1. 1. BPSOM : Boston Public School Online Mentoring Using Technology to Support 2 nd & 3 rd Year Teachers
  2. 2. Who is Here Today? <ul><li>Presenter: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Patreka J. Wood-Blain, New Teacher Developer, Boston Public Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Round Table Introductions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Title </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience with Online Learning </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Why BPSOM is Needed? <ul><li>All school districts are required to provide an induction program for all teachers in their first year of practice [603 CMR 7.12]. </li></ul><ul><li>50 additional mentoring hours are required for the professional license </li></ul><ul><li>Budget does not allow for additional full or part-time support </li></ul><ul><li>Research by Ingersoll & Strong indicates that: </li></ul><ul><li>“… support and assistance for beginning teachers have a positive impact on three sets of outcomes: teacher commitment and retention, teacher classroom instructional practices, and student achievement.” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Online Learning Environment <ul><li>Considered Moodle but didn’t have a shell to host the course </li></ul><ul><li>Considered Google Sites which would have worked </li></ul><ul><li>Ultimately used Wikispaces because preferred layout of WebPages, easy to use and free for educators </li></ul>
  5. 5. About the Mentors <ul><li>Veteran educators with over 10 years of teaching experience </li></ul><ul><li>Various content areas </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly secondary </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor to Teacher ratio = 1:10 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Organization of BPSOM <ul><li>Learning Forums </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers explore web-based resources on a variety of topics and post new learning and insights in biweekly learning forums. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community Forums </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers contribute to a weekly community forum in which they network, collaborate and share ideas with other participants. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Face-to-Face Meetings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Held at the beginning, middle and end of the course. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Biweekly Learning Forum Sequence <ul><li>Self-reflect on DOET or PTS </li></ul><ul><li>Identify Successes, Challenges & Area for Growth </li></ul><ul><li>Review web-based resources through the lens of their personal area for growth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Articles, interactive websites, videos </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discuss applications of resources to their classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a product implementing the new strategy or learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment, lesson plan, web 2.0 tool </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Share comments, feedback and reflections with teachers in your mentor group. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  8. 8. Final Course Product <ul><li>E-Portfolio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All new learning and reflections on the coursework and their teaching practice will be documented in a final course portfolio that will be presented at the last face-to-face session. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BPSOM E-portfolio </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Successes & Challenges <ul><li>Successes </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>E-Portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Rewarding for those that completed the course </li></ul><ul><li>Scavenger Hunt during F2F </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki environment worked well for hosting course </li></ul><ul><li>Over 40 teachers initially signed-up for course </li></ul><ul><li>Live Chat </li></ul><ul><li>Too long - participants dropped out </li></ul><ul><li>Mentors lacked support </li></ul><ul><li>More assignments lead to less mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>Some participants needed more F2F time </li></ul><ul><li>Too much work for 2 in-service credits </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor groups not organized by grade level, especially challenging for early childhood teachers </li></ul><ul><li>No formal feedback - no evaluation given, all feedback was anecdotal </li></ul>
  10. 10. Next Steps <ul><li>Move course from Wikispaces to a Moodle learning environment </li></ul><ul><li>Develop an online facilitation course for mentors or make completion of the New Teacher Center’s Online Facilitation course a prerequisite for new mentors </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate ongoing mentor support </li></ul><ul><li>Separate the Learning Forum from the Community Forum </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Forum last 12 weeks instead of 16 weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community last all year long </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use social networks to encourage teachers to participate in BPSOM </li></ul>
  11. 11. For More Information… <ul><li>Email Patreka Wood-Blain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PowerPoint Slides and Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>