Forpd V Zygouris Coe Sloan C 2009


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A statewide online professional development project's model for promoting learner success through sustained facilitator professional develoment. A presentation given at the 15th Annual International SLOAN-C Conference, 2009.

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Forpd V Zygouris Coe Sloan C 2009

  1. 1. Promoting Learner Success Through Ongoing Facilitator Professional Development<br />Vicky Zygouris-Coe, Ph.D., Principal Investigator<br />Florida Online Reading Professional Development (FOR-PD)<br />University of Central Florida<br /><br />Candace Whitehead, M.A., Facilitator Support Specialist<br />Florida Online Reading Professional Development (FOR-PD)<br />University of Central Florida<br /><br />A presentation given at the 15th Annual SLOAN-C International Conference on Online Learning, October 28-30, Orlando, Florida. <br />
  2. 2. Advanced Organizer<br />
  3. 3. History<br />The project was developed and is housed at the University of Central Florida (UCF)<br />Funded by the Florida DOE Just Read, Florida! Initiative and launched in January, 2003.<br />FOR-PD was developed collaboratively with <br />literacy and technology experts, <br />school districts, <br />professional organizations, and <br />teacher educators across the state of Florida.<br />The free 14-week online course is facilitated by reading specialists (who are selected through an application process and are trained to facilitate online via a 7-week online course) and other well-qualified educators.<br />The project is a highly-collaborative endeavor. FOR-PD works with 67 Florida districts, 5 universities, and more recently, 6 Community College Educator Preparation Institutes (EPIs).<br />
  4. 4. FOR-PD’s Need for Quality Facilitation<br />Success for Florida’s Students<br />
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  6. 6. Recruiting<br />FOR-PD’s Facilitators come to us by various means. <br />Districts recommend those people on their staff they see as leaders in the field of literacy. <br />Many participants who see the importance of the course and the difference it made in their own instruction apply to facilitate.<br />Current facilitators recommend their top participants or other teachers they know who excel in their knowledge of literacy.<br />
  7. 7. Application Process<br />Some of the requirements for becoming a FOR-PD online Literacy Coach are as follows:<br />Three years of teaching experience <br />Proof of advanced knowledge of researched based reading strategies <br />Master’s Degree in reading (or related field), or a Bachelor&apos;s Degree plus completion of the Reading Endorsement, or currently in a position as a Reading Coach or Curriculum Coach. <br />Successful completion of the FOR-PD course.<br />Identified as a Literacy Leader<br /><br />
  8. 8. Facilitator Division<br />
  9. 9. FOR-PD Facilitators<br />Recruited: <br /> Through districts, participation in the FOR-PD course, and other facilitators.<br />Selected: <br /> Through an application process proving they have a literacy background and an established knowledge of the research, components, processes, and strategies needed to successfully support learners in the reading process. <br />
  10. 10. Initial Training<br />Once chosen applicants must successfully complete a seven week training course which is taught by a seasoned and successful facilitator. <br />The course covers the following types of information:<br />The benefits and challenges of online staff development. <br />Tips and techniques for online facilitation.<br />Course management system tools.<br />Online communication and community building.<br />
  11. 11. Sustaining Facilitators<br />
  12. 12. Mentoring<br /><ul><li>From the beginning, new facilitators are paired with a seasoned Facilitator Leader. Mentors provide the following support:
  13. 13. Available daily to new facilitators to review work, work, celebrate accomplishments , and make recommendations.
  14. 14. Keep the FOR-PD office informed of facilitator progress.
  15. 15. Make suggestions for needed professional development for new facilitators.</li></li></ul><li>Ongoing Professional Development<br />FOR-PD offers a variety of professional development opportunities every semester. The goal is toincrease and enhance facilitators’ skill to ensure participants’ success. <br /><ul><li>Professional development is offered ion the following topics:
  16. 16. Online Teaching Presence
  17. 17. Facilitating the FOR-PD Content
  18. 18. Personalizing the FOR-PD Course
  19. 19. Facilitating Community
  20. 20. Managing Time and Information
  21. 21. Professional development is offered in the following formats (synchronous (using ADOBE CONNECT) and asynchronous):
  22. 22. Self contained two-and four-week courses.
  23. 23. Small group discussions.
  24. 24. Content chats.
  25. 25. Monthly resources in the E-Newsletter.</li></li></ul><li>Specialized FOR-PD Staff<br />Facilitator Support Specialist<br />Facilitator Leaders<br />Reading Specialist<br />Help Desk<br />
  26. 26. Facilitator Leaders<br />
  27. 27. Facilitator Leaders’ Tasks<br />
  28. 28. Facilitator Leaders Tasks’, contd.<br />
  29. 29. Support<br />FFF <br />e-Newsletter <br />Facilitator Manual <br />Compensation<br />Facilitator Professional Learning Community<br />Quality Assurance Checks (QACs)<br />Tutorials<br />Facilitator & Content Chats <br />Carefully Designed Policies<br />
  30. 30. Lessons Learned<br />The facilitator as the catalyst for participant satisfaction and success.<br />Facilitator knowledge of content.<br />Facilitator knowledge of technology.<br />Facilitator knowledge of andragogy and participant needs.<br />Facilitation of content.<br />Support, accessibility.<br />Online community.<br />
  31. 31. Lessons Learned, cont’d.<br />Invest in Facilitator professional development.<br />Invest in ongoing evaluation of efforts.<br />Listen to, and incorporate, facilitator feedback.<br />Empower facilitators and participants to succeed. <br />Provide mentoring to facilitators. <br />
  32. 32. Next Steps<br />Create a repository of available resources, tools, and support for all facilitators.<br />Expand the utilization of technology to facilitate mote facilitator-participant interactions.<br />Provide differentiated PD for facilitators (e.g., novice, experts). <br />Develop short “PD treatments” to zoom into key online facilitation issues—for example:<br />Learning effectiveness, teaching presence, student satisfaction, time management.<br />
  33. 33. Questions? <br />Thank you for attending our session!<br /><br /><br />
  34. 34. Visit the FOR-PD website at:<br /><br />