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Subversive PD: Creating a culture of collaboration to bring educators into the 21st Century

Session One: Saturday 10:00am–11:30am
Room 309
Danja Mahoney, Michael Springer, Beth Knittle
Affiliation: Reading Public Schools, Barnstable Public Schools
Conversational Focus/Audience:
All School Levels
Conversation Description:

Why are there still so many educators sitting in the back of the faculty meeting rolling their eyes whenever 21st Century Skills are on the agenda? How can Professional Development be meaningful, effective and important for the uninterested. This will be a conversation about getting ALL educators to learn the necessary skills and to integrate technology into their classrooms and teaching. How can we help our colleagues see 21st century skills as valuable for themselves, and ultimately vital for their students' learning? What strategies work to bring the most resistant teachers on board? Let's talk about the subtle and not so subtle strategies educators can use to bring teachers out of their (isolated) comfort zones and into collaborative learning/teaching environments of the present and future. We will facilitate a conversation using the success analysis protocol to develop a list of best practices for Professional Development that are meaningful, effective, and will bring on board even the most reluctant educators.

Conversational Practice:
Success analysis protocol. We will use a wiki to start the process. As the small groups meet they each take notes on the group wiki page. After the session the full group discussion and group notes will lead to the development of a mind map (such as MindMeister). Once done we will share notes and links on the wiki and conversation page for continued access after the session. Please see the session wiki for conversation notes.
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Stream via Elluminate: Room 309 — Channel A


Sharon Neill said:

Why is the sound not on in elluminate classrooms and no ppt showing; I have tried several to no avail

Sat 30 Jan 2010 10:45:21 AM EST

Leigh Hofman Leigh Hofman said:

I would really like to hear about this. But being in Australia, this would be on at 2am. Will there be a recording?

Fri 29 Jan 2010 01:34:11 AM EST

gibson chris gibson chris said:

Oh hello!
I really want to learn more about creating a culture of collaboration! I hope I can participate, even though I am home. I will return here Saturday.

Wed 27 Jan 2010 07:44:52 PM EST