Our professional development training sessions are not sit and get. Instead, they are active lessons which model how teachers should use technology in the classroom. Teachers are up and moving, flipping their learning with videos and accountability activities, utilizing hyperdocs, blogging, participating in backchannel discussions, and more.
Research shows that teachers get much more out of their professional development sessions when there is job-embedded coaching in the classroom. Find out how we serve your teachers in the classroom before, during, and after the lesson.
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Did you know the recommended technology earmark for teacher technology training is 28%; however, the average technology budget dedicated to teacher professional development is a mere 5%? Consulting at the highest levels is important to make your technology and pedagogical initiatives successful. Don’t wait until you have problems. Call us today to plan properly and insure successful change.
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Professional development for teachers is important not because it is required but because education is changing radically. No longer is the industrial model going to work. Our world requires lifelong learners who can learn on their own using the resources available: text, video, audio, etc. Learning is not limited to textbooks anymore, and the presence of technology in the form of iPads, Chromebooks, laptops, and BYOD is a game changer. But the technology is not what is important. Technology is merely a tool to help teachers increase learning through a student-centered approach.
Unfortunately, without professional development and coaching, teachers often use technology as a substitute for paper. They teach the way they always have and use technology where it fits in. Some teachers make technology use a major event and pull them out for big projects. Others are afraid to use them for fear a student might accidentally break something. Others use them more regularly in the interest of having a paperless classroom, but the worksheets are still there in digital form.
If you are interested in building more student-centered classrooms where students have agency and are empowered to be responsible for their own learning, keep reading. There are many ways to create personalized classrooms through blended learning, station rotation, flipped learning, PBL, and authentic activities. There is not one way to personalize learning; however, when teachers learn one effective way, they are able to personalize that system for their classroom.
If you are looking for useful, practical professional development for your teachers that honors where they are in the learning process, give us a call. We have experienced instructors who will excite your teachers because they will learn what they need when they need it.
We are also developing online professional development workshops and courses for anytime professional development. New teachers don’t have to be left behind. They can get last year’s professional development by logging in. Let us know what courses you would like to see offered online. With enough registrants, we are happy to customize a professional development course for your school, district, or state.
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Many of the messages generated in education are about what students and teachers should be doing, and so LITTLE focuses on what the LEADERS should be doing. All too often, building and district leadership are the least trained in technology, personalized pathways, and new innovative practices that are spreading across more progressive classrooms. Without leadership buy-in, innovation too often goes nowhere. How can you bring your leadership on board?