This week we were asked to create an outline and timeline to show our professional learning idea and some of the details that we needed to think about when looking at creating our plan. It was hard to come up with a format at first, but once I put that aside and just started to put my ideas on paper, it came together in a format that will work for me. I hope you enjoy reading through what I’ve come up with. As usual, if you have any ideas or comments to help me out, please leave me a comment.
- Big hairy audacious goal for the revamped Curriculum Committee PresentationsTo complete a year of professional learning that reflects the use of key principles of effective professional learning and creates an environment that is supportive and collaborative in encouraging teachers to try new ideas in all areas of curriculum. This goal will be measured by the occurrence of teachers asking for further information or help after the presentations.
Goal Assessment Learning
Use 5 Principles of Effective PL Presentations address 5 Principles – reflect on if it did afterwards
- Teachers need to be trained in the awareness of the 5 principles and how to implement them in presentations
- Use planning sheet while coming up with presentation (backward design or 3 column table)
Use collaboration tools Presentations utilized collaboration both during planning and during the presentation
- Look at different collaboration tools for presentation
- Decide together what works best
Provide support for others during implementation Teachers go out and support implementation of ideas – share experiences with each others during the final reflection meeting in May.
- Request help in scheduling time to support teachers.
- Contact teachers who request help and find out what their needs are.
Before presenting this outline, it is necessary to understand the current Curriculum Committee presentation format at my school. Once a month, we are required to attend the presentation of ideas by our 5 curriculum committees (3 one month, 2 the next, alternating throughout the year). We are assigned these committees by our Administration in August. We break into 3 or 2 groups, depending on the month, and rotate through the 20 minute sessions of PL given by our colleagues on a subject of their choice within their curriculum area. We register for this through our district workshop system and instructor notes are made available.
I am proposing a revision to the current practice. I am asking our Administration to change the following current practices:
- Allow teachers to choose their own committee based on interest
- Train members on the 5 key principles of effective PL given by Gulamhussein in her research (see resources).
- Have the committees choose one or two focuses for all their presentations (ex. Reading-guided reading, Technology- blended learning) instead of letting teachers present whatever they want.
- Build in more collaboration and more opportunities for modeling/mentoring for the teachers when they want to implement a new idea. Build in the idea of “buddies” that hold each other accountable for implementation.
5 KEY PRINCIPLES
- Each of the 5 key principles will be addressed throughout the year of presentations. The Principal and AP will need to be introduced to and trained about these 5 principles before the end of the current school year or over the summer. This can be done in a variety of ways. The report will be made accessible to them during the presentation. I would also like to share many of the videos that we have viewed during this class, especially the ones about collaboration. It is important that they have a very good understanding of the principles, as they will train the Committee heads and the other support personnel who will be needed throughout the year to give support to teachers.
- The key principles will be used every planning session by the committee head and the presenters to make sure that they are doing their very best to hit on all five and make the PL the most effective it can be. If needed, the Principal and AP will be available to help them negotiate or come up with ideas.
- Collaboration will be built into the Curriculum Committee Presentations in various ways. The first example would be the Principal and the AP collaborating with the committee heads to explain the 5 key principles. If they are comfortable with the idea, I would offer to do the trainings.
- The head of the committee and the presenters for that month will collaborate during the planning session to create a PL that is as effective as possible.
- During each presentation, the presenters will be encouraged to include collaboration among the attendees as much as possible.
- The Principal and AP will encourage collaboration during grade level PLC’s when having the teachers plan what they want to try to implement and what support they will need.
- The committees are asked to collaborate in May on what they want to implement the next year and what support they will need to do so.
- The Principal, AP, PF’s, counselor, and any support personnel needed will collaborate with the committee heads, the presenters, the grade level teams, and each other throughout the year to support implementation and help make time for modeling and mentoring for the teachers.
- The Principal and AP will be in charge of training the committee heads and fostering collaboration throughout the year. They will also be in charge of the coordination of scheduling opportunities, if requested by the teachers, for modeling and mentoring opportunities. They will make assign a support person to videotape each presentation and upload it to the S drive for the presenters who are unable to view other meetings. They will encourage implementation and help manage conversations about implementation during the PLC meetings held every 6 weeks.
- The PF’s and Tech Liaison will be trained by the Principal and AP(or myself) on the 5 key principles of effective PL. They will be available during planning sessions to help the committee heads and presenters come up with ideas if needed in their area of expertise. They will be available to cover classrooms so that teachers can go out and observe if they have requested that support. They will be the liaisons with the school district for any curriculum questions or concerns that may arise from implementation.
- The committee head will be responsible for training each group of presenters on their committee when it is their turn to present the 5 key principles of effective PL. They will sit in on the planning meeting and they will fill in the planning sheet to make sure that all 5 areas are addressed. They will let the Administration know if any special materials are needed for the presentation or the implementation of an idea. They will seek out help during the planning stages if needed from the PF’s or the Tech Liaison.
- The committee members will present an idea one time during the year. They will help decide the one or two areas that their committee will focus on. They will choose a committee that they feel very passionate about, regardless of their primary teaching assignment. They will come to all meetings prepared with ideas but also with an open mind to doing PL “differently” than they have before. They will attend the other committee presentations and alert the Administration if they would like support in implementing ideas that they have seen and what support they will need. The presenters will be open to any requests by teachers to model or mentor in what they have presented, with some help scheduling the logistics by the support staff.
- The audience for this PL is classroom teachers in a K-4 setting. They may teach only one subject or all subjects, depending on their assignments. They will need adequate support both in their presentations and also in implementing any ideas that were presented to them.
- Presenters will be encouraged and trained how to use a backward design model when planning their presentations. They will be trained on this design model in one of the beginning of the year staff development sessions (see resources for a Prezi, article, and template).
- A rough timeline is included in a different document to follow this one.
- This PL will occur in the 2017-2018 school year, from August until May.
- There will be monthly presentations by different committees on Thursday.
- Backward design planning sheets (see separate resource sheet)
- 5 Key Principles sheets.
- Materials for various presentations determined during planning sessions.
- 3 classrooms for rotation of participants.
- Curriculum guidelines for all grade levels available on Eduphoria.
- Curriculum specialists from the district if needed.
- Share Gullamhussein’s article from http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/Main-Menu/Staffingstudents/Teaching-the-Teachers-Effective-Professional-Development-in-an-Era-of-High-Stakes-Accountability/Teaching-the-Teachers-Full-Report.pdf. Use this as a basis for help in planning PL.
- Create a training slide deck for Gullamhussein’s 5 Principles (see separate resource sheet).
August – Principal and AP go over new format of PL. Teachers choose their committees based on their interest. Committees meet and decide on the head of the committee, who will be trained in the 5 steps of effective PL. Committee also chooses one area of focus for the year (ex: Reading might do guided reading, technology might do blended learning). The committee then delegates the remaining jobs (paperwork person, communications person, technology person, etc…)
August – Principal and AP (or myself) train the committee heads in the 5 steps of effective PL. They will give a planning sheet created by the leadership team to help them plan and incorporate all 5 principles.
September – 1st meeting – Planning meeting for the first group of committees that will present (Science, Technology, Math). The group will choose the first presenters. The head of the committee is in charge of filling in the planning sheet and helping the teachers brainstorm ways to incorporate the 5 principles in their presentations.
September – 2nd meeting – Group 1 will present for 20 minutes each. Teachers who are not presenting or are in group 2 will move through the presentations according to their committee assignments. Teachers who are interested in observing or being mentored may contact the head of the committee that they need. The head of the committee will contact the principal to arrange coverage for classes so that modeling and/or mentoring can occur if requested. All attendees will fill out google form survey. The presentations will be filmed and made available on the S drive for any teachers who were presenting in group 1 and were not able to rotate through the presentations.
October – 1st meeting – Planning meeting for the second group of committees that will present. ( Reading, Writing). The group will choose the first presenters. The head of the committee is in charge of filling in the planning sheet and helping the teachers brainstorm ways to incorporate the 5 principles in their presentations.
October – 2nd meeting – Group 2 will present for 20 minutes each. Teachers who are not presenting or are in group 1 will move through the presentations according to their committee assignments. Teachers who are interested in observing or being mentored may contact the head of the committee that they need. The head of the committee will contact the principal to arrange coverage for classes so that modeling and/or mentoring can occur if requested. All attendees will fill out google form survey. The presentations will be filmed and made available on the S drive for any teachers who were presenting in group 2 and were not able to rotate through the presentations.
The same format will be followed November through April, rotating Group 1 and Group 2. The meetings can be combined or shortened as everyone gets used to the 5 principals.
May – This will be a debriefing of the years PL. The committees will meet and will begin to brainstorm what they want to implement the following school year and what support they will need from Administration. A list will be made and given to Administration so they can work on it over the summer.
**Teachers are also going to be encouraged during their grade level PLC’s to begin implementation of anything they have seen that they think will be beneficial to them. The principal, AP, peer facilitators, and counselor, along with any support personnel who may be applicable (ex. Computer) should also be invited to the PLC if they will be needed to help support the implementation. When a teacher is interested in implementing, they are encouraged to fill out an Implementation Needs form (created by principal and AP and myself) to map out the support that they will be needing, and to make sure that everyone that needs to be made aware of needs is kept in the loop.
***I did present this to my administration and did make a few changes. They were open to several changes but expressed concern about some of the changes creating a hierarchy (they like us all to be equals). There was also some question of if videotaped presentations would be utilized, because district ones were not. I reassured her if the trainings were as good as they could be with the 5 Principles, people would want to go back and view them again (or for the first time if they aren’t available). We also need to address equal workload for the committee members to take some of the load of the head. If the head is responsible for training, others should be responsible for paperwork, communication, etc.
Resources for introducing Backward design
- What is Backward design? – presentation with videos
- Why Backward is Best – article about backward design
- Backward Design Templates
- 3 Column Table Template
Resources for training about Gullamhussein’s 5 Principles
Growth Mindset Resources