Team Members: Gail Corder (team leader), Karen Arrington, Jane Cooper, Hester Burdman, and Jennifer Lockett
Community: Dublin-Dallas Year 1, 2010-2011
Our plan is to develop and implement a grass roots initiative across the three divisions of our campus community with the goal of establishing a critical mass of teachers who embrace connected learning. In addition to participating in PLP, our teachers will have the opportunity to participate in our Connected Learning Community. They will work throughout the year in 5-member teams, mentored by PLP alums. We hope to exponentially expand our impact each year as enthusiam among previous alums and Connected Learners spreads to help develop other faculty members interests and skills.
- Problem, Issue, or Possibility
- Objectives and Assessment
- Implementation Plan
- Evaluation and Results
In the 2011-2012 school year, we will gauge our success by level of participation in our CLC Ning (discussions, links, podcasts, videos posted, faculty postings of projects, etc.) and attendance at our 21st century teaching workshops. Mostly, we will know by the types of discussion teachers begin to have with one another. We hope to see a shift in their thinking.
- February 2011 – Presentation to all faculty. Introduction to connected learning.
- March – April 2011 – Presentations at division meetings. Encourage faculty to participate in PLP teams 2011-2012. Introduction of TVS Connected Learning Community and SummerSpark 2011.
- March 2011 – TVS Connected Learning Community Ning started.April 5, 2011 – Presentation to students and parents – Building a positive digital footprint.
- April 14 – 15, 2011 – 3rd Annual Global Educators conference at La Jolla Country Day School
- April – May 2011 – Planning of SummerSpark 2011. Beginning of Global Initiative.
- May 2011 – Beginning of iPad initiative for faculty.
- June 2 & 3, 2011 – SummerSpark 2011 hosted at TVS.
- June 20 – 24, 2011 – American School in London Learning Institute. Attending the Surviving and Thriving course.
- July 24 – 29, 2011 – Building Learning Communities Conference; hosted by Alan November in Boston, MA
- August 2011 – Form PLP team(s) for 2011-2012.
- August – September 2011 – Form TVS Connected Learning Community teams for 2011-2012.
- September 2011 (specific date TBA) – Boot Camp for TVS CLC
- August – December 2011 – Monthly gatherings for CLC teams. Focus on forming PLNs.
- January – April 2012 – Monthly gatherings for CLC teams. Focus on connected learning in the classroom.
- May 2012 – CLC presentations at faculty meeting.
About Action Research Projects
Action research is a process in which Powerful Learning Team members collaboratively examine their own educational practice systematically and carefully. Action research is:
- Disciplined inquiry into a problem or possibility within the school or classroom
- Collaborative and usually takes place in a community of practice
- Meaningful, positive, and reflective
- Data-driven, action-based, improvement-focused
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