This reflection will serve as an artifact to meet my goals this year to improve my leadership presence and deepen my understanding of today’s educational environment.
A little background
As shared in an earlier post, our district-wide PD efforts this year have been focused on deeper learning. Deeper learning first and foremost aligns to priorities 1 -4 of our district’s strategic plan. It also aligns to the Marzano Framework and PLC work educators have focused on in the past 3 years. (determining critical ELOs, creating common assessment, and scale work).
Our district goal was to implement a K-12 ePortfolio system that captures deeper learning. (Official goal – 100% of all teachers will CREATE or REDESIGN and IMPLEMENT at least 3 lesson plans per year that inspire learners to achieve at high levels as measured by student ePortfolio artifacts.) This work also aligns with Marzano Framework Domain 1 Element 12 and 22.
Our process over the year
We began our process in August (Day 1) introducing the district deeper learning protocol (DLP), that was inspired the Trudacot work of Scott Mcleod and Julie Graber. Staff were provided time to design or re-design lessons that met at least 1 of the facets of the DLP. As a district, we collected their personal action plans and would meet again in October. Staff were to collect student artifacts and share their work with others. Here is a snapshot example of our October day.
On March 17 we had our last PD day. It comprised of a celebration of sharing of their last redesign lesson, ePortfolio Artifacts, a Teachmeet session led by Byron Educators, and finally a crowdsourced slideshow of our staff’s next Big Ideas! This is a great document to showcase what our staff learned and how they would apply their learning in future lessons!
Reflections from the March PD day
Overall. It was a great morning. Celebrating our educators’ work by focusing on student artifacts was very powerful. Many educators shared (in our feedback survey) how impressed they were with what other teachers were doing. Then to move to the Teachmeet also proved to be beneficial. We need more opportunities for our educators to learn from one another. Making the invisible – visible (student artifacts, teachers sharing) is proving to have an influence on our educators – especially when you review the IDEAs that were generated after the sessions.
PD Design. If we believe deeper learning can benefit students – we should model deeper learning strategies in PD. From the Deeper Learning protocol, I believe we modeled learner agency, embedded opportunities for collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking (in the form of reflection) and relevance both in the topic and audience.
The role of ePortfolios. Since our move to a k-12 ePortfolio system (SeeSaw for grades K-5 and Google Sites for 6-12) the making of teaching and learning visible is very powerful. Rolling out the ePortoflios has not been perfect. While we have had a few hiccups (will explain in future post), I feel it has been successful – especially for year 1. We certainly have work to do to improve implementation (as results from our survey) BUT I do believe that it is tools like ePortfolios that will help us capture the power of the deeper learning, student growth, and being college – career – life ready.
Modeling Failure. I had plenty opportunities to model failure that day. When I arrived at 6:45am , I was welcomed with a “The Wifi is down”. Ugh. Having a pd day (dependent on technology) and the district wifi is down is never a good sign. But the show must go on! I turned on my mobile hotspot, and turned the keys over to the techs (to work with the engineer to solve the problem). During the presentation, I was interrupted several times (by calendar notifications, phone call from our enginner, ect). The final near fatal fail – was tripping over the projector cart power cable and watching the cart weeble and wobble nearly tipping the projector and my laptop over. Could it get any worse? I was almost afraid to ask! Luckily the wifi was back up before the teachmeet session, (VM server issue) and the technology fails disappeared. Thank you Matt and Matt!
Prizes. While prizes are viewed as extrinsic… they do make the desire to participate a little more fun! We gave away 1 BreakoutEDU kit and 2 wireless keyboard/track pads. LIVE Drawings for prizes were based on participating in the IDEA activity. (used flippity.net and Google Forms)
Artifacts from the day! I always appreciate photo’s and videos that capture the learning process. Next time, I would like to interview a few folks about this experience as it is happening.
Lots of fantastic collaboration around deeper learning happening right now! We are crowdsourcing deeper learning id… https://t.co/wD81tpkLmZ
— Jen Hegna (@jenhegna) March 17, 2017