Develop A Professional Learning System
Establishing a robust professional learning system that trains professionals in the district and includes coaching support is a critical structure to implement inclusive practices for teaching with technology.
Actions that lead to the development of clear outcomes for professional learning include:
- Prioritize professional learning support: Leadership prioritizes professional learning design and delivery to promote the vision of an inclusive technology ecosystem.
- Build district capacity via coaching support: Leadership establishes coaching capacity that will further promote and implement the vision of an inclusive technology system.
Learn from Our Partners
- Webinar: What's It All About: Teaching, Leraning, & Assessment
- Blog Post: 6 Step to Take to Boost Tech Accessibility (EdWeb)
- Case Story: BCSC | Columbus, IN
- Effective Teacher Professional Development, Learning Policy Institute
- Exploratory Research on Designing Online Communities, Office of EdTech, US Dept of Education
- Professional Learning to Support Students with Disabilities in Virtual Learning, Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems (CITES) at CAST
- Guide to Professional Learning for Accessibility and Assistive Technologies, CITES at CAST
Bellevue Public Schools (Bellevue, Nebraska)
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Bellevue Public Schools is a suburban district south of Omaha, Nebraska serving approximately 10,000 students. The seeds for the district’s technology vision and planning were planted years ago with a goal of moving towards a 1:1 model district-wide that is are now moving forward with this vision as part of a 5-year strategic plan. Before initiating their implementation efforts, the district leadership team conducted considerable research on which technology tools would be best for both students and staff. They recognized that their technology implementation efforts that focused on “handing out devices” would not succeed and focused on planning for innovative use, sustainability, and ongoing professional development and training.
To support the 1:1 initiative, the district’s professional development model includes six full days of training on blended learning with technology; ongoing classroom-based coaching; and built-in collaboration time for teachers to work together to share ideas, experiences, challenges and successes. The Bellevue team noted that a critical part of their success has been a focus on sustainability and continuous improvement. Building capacity and growing teacher leaders is a primary goal of all professional development in the district. These teacher leaders work to keep the vision going even in the event of staffing changes and turnover. Bellevue places an emphasis on continuous training and coaching for all teachers. Thelneaders recommend that other districts recognize that this is an attainable process that requires a “go slow to go fast” approach and that it requires time in planning and implementing.
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