A Definition of Community Communities are quite simply, collections of individuals who are bound together by natural will and a set of shared ideas and ideals. “ A system in which people can enter into relations that are determined by problems or shared ambitions rather than by rules or structure.” (Heckscher, 1994, p. 24). The process of social learning that occurs when people who have a common interest in some subject or problem collaborate over an extended period to share ideas, find solutions, and build innovations. (Wikipedia)
The driving engine of the collaborative culture of a PLC is the team. They work together in an ongoing effort to discover best practices and to expand their professional expertise. PLCs are our best hope for reculturing schools. We want to focus on shifting from a culture of teacher isolation to a culture of deep and meaningful collaboration . Professional Learning Communities
Scaling your project http://www.microsoft.com/education/demos/scale/index.html
<ul><li>20 schools (teams of 5-7) </li></ul><ul><li>Each team has a leader </li></ul><ul><li>21 st Century Fellows to support the work </li></ul><ul><li>2 f2f meetings </li></ul><ul><li>4 live curriculum sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing collaboration in VLC </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Development of 3 year plans </li></ul>The Plan “ The most powerful part of PLP for me was realizing that I have a network.” - Atlanta PLP Participant
Two all day workshops that build capacity, community and develop 21 st Century skills. Workshops Live meetings where teams meet, listen and then reflect in small groups. Elluminate Where we deepen understanding, network, share resources and grow as a community of practice. VLC Professional Learning Teams Job embedded teams who meet f2f and work towards scale and alignment of 21 st C skills with school improvement goals Powerful Learning Practice Delivery Model
The Schedule Face-to-Face Meetings Oct 13 March TBA Culminating in June Elluminate Sessions https://internationalplp.wikispaces.com/schedule Virtual Learning Community Ongoing in NING
Curriculum is Emergent and Interactive “ Seeing how others use web 2.0 tools was the best part! It gathered all of the teachers using tech together to work on one common goal. Otherwise, we would have just kept working independently on our own path. It really pushed our district to start a plan to implement and educate others in our district.” - NYC Technology coach Session #1: Setting the Stage: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century – What is 21st Century learning? Why is it important? This session introduces the context, research and trends shaping the current shifts. Session #2: Network Literacy: Sharing, Cooperation and Collective Action – This session moves team members from talking about 21st century learning to examining some specific tools and how they are used to promote the building of Personal Learning Networks for sharing, cooperation, and collective action. Session #3: Network Driven Inquiry: Technological Pedagogy in Action – This session takes a closer look at the pedagogy involved in using web-based strategies to support project-based and inquiry-driven approaches to learning. Session #4: Project Workshop – School teams have an opportunity to get feedback on their emerging team projects as well as showcase, reflect, and celebrate the success and outcomes of their learning.
Organic Curriculum and Collaboration <ul><li>School Teams meet f2f during the co-creation of a school project. </li></ul><ul><li>Expert Voices from around the globe come visit and share from their experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Various optional PLP Live Events throughout the year with all PLP cohorts attending. (interviews, focus group sessions, Ustream, Open Sim, and virtual Fellow lunches) </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for cohort specific small team meetings in Elluminate. </li></ul><ul><li>International team participation </li></ul><ul><li>Fellows’ collective project- 21 st Century Literacies Toolkit </li></ul>“ I enjoyed meeting with other schools from around the world, hearing and sharing what they are doing in their districts and regions. It opened my eyes to what we are not doing in my buildings and what needs to be done in the future.” WNY District Superintendent
Getting the RIGHT people on the bus and the WRONG people off. Jim Collins, “Good to Great” “ I knew absolutely nothing about Web2.0 before the initial, PLP kick-off meeting. During the ensuing weeks, I have begun to realize the need for a change in my focus on the use of technology in my classroom. I have been using technology for many years- physical items like smartboard, graphing calculators, data collection devices etc- but I now need to keep up with the evolving technology on the web and find ways to engage my students in the use of these tools.” AP math teacher in 2007-08 PLP cohort
<ul><li>Collaborative Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Wikispaces </li></ul><ul><li>Del.icio.us </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li> Elluminate </li></ul><ul><li>NING (our VLC) </li></ul>“ Collaboration with others in my district and learning new tools was the best part of PLP. Connecting with other teachers in my district for new ideas and connecting with other schools for new ideas made PLP the best PD ever!” - Science teacher in WNY
<ul><li>TEAM PROJECTS </li></ul><ul><li>Your team will work in a Professional Learning Team to co-create a project: 1) Develop a creative PD plan to share what you have learned over the past few years with the rest of your school or district. 2) Develop a 21st Century curriculum project that is constructivist in nature and leverages the potential of emerging technologies. </li></ul>“ The project allowed me to work closely with other people in my district in order to accomplish a common goal. Discussing projects from the other districts was very informative!” - school level technology coordinator
Knowledge: An understanding of the transformative potential of Web 2.0 tools in a global perspective and context, and how those potentials can be realized in schools. Pedagogy: An understanding of the shifting learning literacies that the 21 Century demands and how those literacies inform teacher practice . Planned Outcomes “ The most positive aspect is the teaching of fellow educators to use these tools and student involvement and interest. I love being able to captivate the classroom and get them excited about assignments using web 2.0 tools.” - PLP 2007-08 participant
Connections : The development of sustained professional learning networks for team members to begin experimenting and sharing with other team members and online colleagues from around the world. Sustainability : The creation of long term plans to move the vision forward in participating districts at the end of the program. Capacity: An increase in the abilities and resources of individuals, teams and the community to manage change. Planned Outcomes “ The best part of PLP was learning and growing with my team. I am using tools I didn't even know existed before this year. I modeled in a regular meeting and taught other staff through the process enough for them to say they will go back and use it in their classrooms. I want to learn more and use it to help teachers in the district support one another to excellence.” - WNY District level curriculum coach “ PLP helped us develop a 3 year plan to incorporate our web2.0 tools and staff development for the entire school. Also the connections that were made in an inspiring and non-threatening way.” - District Superintendent.
Powerful Learning Practice Team Building Activity <ul><li>Individually- Write at least 3-5 assumptions (1 per card) you have about how your team will operate as a 21 st Century Learning team and any team learning goals you have . 5 min. </li></ul><ul><li>Place all the cards in the center of the table: Stack and shuffle. </li></ul><ul><li>In turn, each person picks a card to read aloud to the table. Engage in dialogue and discussion about the assumptions. 15 min. </li></ul>