Saturday, December 3, 2016

Developing Professional Learning in Science

I have been given the opportunity to help design a professional learning day in January for the science. I thought that my current course for graduate school would be a great time to apply what I am learning about effective professional learning. I hope that the day in January can be a starting point for ongoing support and time for teachers to implement new strategies into the spring semester, in an effort to model what effective professional learning can look like.

I tried to design the learning day and future plans around the 5 principles of effective professional learning, as presented by Allison Gulamhussein:

  • Professional learning should be significant and ongoing, allowing for time to learn new strategies and wrestle with implementation.
  • Ongoing support during implementation.
  • Initial exposure that is active and engages teachers to make sense of new practice
  • Modeling to help teachers understand a new practice
  • Specific to the discipline and grade-level
The rough drafts of my plans are linked below and feedback would be appreciated!

Gulamhussein, A. (2013). Teaching the Teachers Effective Professional Development in an Era of High Stakes Accountability. Center for Public Education. Retrieved from

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