Category: Professional Development Program Evaluation

A Deep Dive Into Problem-based Learning at the End

For my culminating project in the Seattle Pacific University MEd in Digital Leadership program, I chose to align district needs with the creation of 1 credit cross-disciplinary technology workshop.  This work showcases my application of adult learning theory, professional development principles, and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) student, teacher, and coach standards. To determine…


What is Essential in Professional Development?

As I prepared for my blog post this week, the word ‘essential’ kept running through my mind.  What does e-s-s-e-n-t-i-a-l mean?   How is it used in our world today?  How does its real world use relate to school professional development?  I think we would all agree about what is considered an essential when we travel…


What Makes Effective Leadership?

This week, I chose to focus on the question, What are the elements of effective collaborative leadership regarding technology?  While researching this, I quickly came to understand that the question applies to both business and education.  A number of sources, in both genres, referenced a technology committee as a common element in establishing and maintaining…


Get Started, Get Better

“In education, research has shown that teaching quality and school leadership are the most important factors in raising student achievement. For teachers and school and district leaders to be as effective as possible, they continually expand their knowledge and skills to implement the best educational practices” Mizell, p. 7.   To realize this goal, educators…


Breaking Down Adult Learning – Whole+Part+Whole

For the past two weeks I’ve been exploring the role adult learning principles should play in planning educational technology professional development for teachers.  This work caused me to reflect on my own professional development session design – asking myself, what principles do I consistently apply and which ones should I employ more? Knowles’ Six Principles of Adult Learning…


A Case for High Anxiety – Tech & Substitute Teachers

Recently, I had the chance to view a 1977 Mel Brook’s movie called High Anxiety.  In that movie, Dr. Richard Thorndyke (Mel Brooks) receives repeated therapy for his fear of heights.  However, none of these sessions take him through any real authentic and meaningful steps for countering the fear.  He continues to have episodes of…


PD Planning Through My Eyes

I have been providing professional development to teachers for almost a decade.  During that time, it’s been interesting to witness the different formats that school districts and conference use to structure their professional development.  I’ve been told before that my session needs to last 7 hours or been asked what do you think would be a good…


Digital Educational Resources: The Ultimate Free Puppy

Am I going too far with this blog post title?  I don’t think so!  Every day, teachers, principals, curriculum directors, and IT directors receive a smattering of emails, postcards, advertisements, and phone calls from vendors.  Appealing colors draw our eyes.  Utilizing flashy slogans and cute catchy names, they get our attention.   Four letters, F-R-E-E,…


How I Intend to Improve My Game

I purchased this sign for my office.  It caught my eye the minute I entered a cute shop in Puyallup, Washington a few weeks ago.  I circles back to look at it three times.  The statement obviously intrigued me.  I like baseball, but I wouldn’t call myself a big fan.  The sign was in the…


Agency is Paramount

The Question For this module I investigated the question, What online experiences should students have had before they leave high school?  The answers I found can be summed up in the word- AGENCY.  Meaning, students need to experience capacity to act in a digital environment and feel control over their own behavior.   While George…


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