Developing Professional Learning Opportunities for Staff
Approaches to Engage Staff in Relevant, Meaningful Learning
2 Session Options
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Designing Engaging Professional Learning for Teachers
Life-long learning is critical to our continuous growth as educators. How can instructional coaches and school leaders ask our educators to engage in continuous learning when their plates are already overflowing? Just as intentional planning is critical to creating engaging and successful learning opportunities for students, intentional planning is also critical to creating engaging and successful professional development opportunities for educators.
In this session, instructional coaches, Shannon Schultz and Terese Weiler, will share how their intentional planning has evolved over their years of co-facilitation of professional development. They will model and share practical, flexible strategies which could be incorporated across variable professional development opportunities.
As a result of this workshop, instructional coaches and school leaders will:
Understand the importance of intentionally planning highly engaging and relevant professional development for the staff they serve.
Facilitate opportunities for choice within professional development
Support educators to set goals and monitor their goals related to professional development content and learning
Have access to a variety of resources and tools to embed into professional learning for staff.
Develop a checklist to support designing professional development.
Building a Collegial Community Through Book Clubs
Connection is important.
In the 90’s, Personal Learning Network became part of our language. It described a network of people and resources that support ongoing learning. Almost thirty years later, this concept has grown as teachers seek connection with like-minded professionals.
Book clubs and article discussions provide opportunity for professionals to connect around topics of interest to them personally, as well as professionally. This workshop will explore different models of developing sustainable book clubs that balance cognitive engagement and relationship building.
As a result of this workshop, school leaders and instructional coaches will:
Understand the role professional book clubs and article explorations can play in supporting staff throughout the academic year.
Have access to different models for facilitating this professional learning and networking that the presenters have used, including in-person, virtual, and hybrid models.
Identify methods for structuring professional book clubs and match the method(s) that meet the needs of the professionals you serve.
Shannon Schultz is a special education teacher in the Fond du Lac (WI) School District. Shannon currently serves as an instructional coach for teachers of students K-12. As a special education instructional coach, Shannon’s assignment includes coaching and collaborating with general educators, special educators, reading specialists, and teachers of English Language learners. This collaboration and coaching focuses on utilizing the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to provide equitable, accessible, and engaging learning opportunities for all students. Shannon also enjoys providing professional development sessions and engaging in professional book clubs focused on Universal Design for Learning.
Terese Weiler is a Gifted and Talented Instructional Coach in the Fond du Lac (WI) School District. She has taught second through fifth grades, served as an instructional support teacher as well as a math interventionist (MRIS). Terese earned her Gifted and Talented Coordinator license through UW-Whitewater in 2017. As a GT instructional coach, she collaborates with general and special education teachers to design appropriate instruction to high ability/potential students, in grades K-12. Terese also enjoys providing professional development sessions and engaging in professional book clubs focused on Universal Design for Learning.