In term two we need to put into place a model of PLD for eTeachers that will work for us so I want to sound everyone out over the course of this last week.
What we need to bear in mind is keeping it light, because you will already have your own in schools and keeping it focused.
So what does your school do in relation to ongoing PD? Teacher as inquiry/research models of PLD are popular at the moment, as are the development of professional learning groups where teachers get to choose a focus group to join. PLD should not only develop teacher capability, but also focus on organisational improvement - so in that respect teacher goals usually align with school goals.
What sort of approach do you think would work in a CantaNet context? What support do you think should be put in place to make it happen.
What we put in place will also need to be largely online. We are an eLearning cluster, all teach online and we have large distances that make face to face PLD difficult (although might form part of what happens)
The only thing I will say in this is that we currently don’t have any systematic programme of professional learning. It is all ad hoc and intermittent. That will work to an extent, but will only get us so far so we need to have something in place.
I know I could just suggest something and get your response, but I’m very keen to give you the opportunity to make suggestions based on what you have seen works, rather than just reacting to what I think could happen.
I would very much appreciate some discussion on this before the end of term, so have a think and then come in and let us all know your thoughts. Maybe it is just sharing what you don’t want to see.
(eDeans are welcome to comment or to make suggestions re what could be done for eDeans)