Parish Episcopal School

Team Members: Dolores Gende, Dave Ostroff, Sherie Skillern, Emma Heaps.
Community: Dublin-Dallas Year 2, 2010-2011

PBL UNIT: DESIGNING A PROFESSIONAL LEARNING DAY

Our PLP team used the process of Project-Based Learning to design our Professional Learning IP21 Edcamp.

#1 Begin with the End in Mind
To design and implement a successful IP21 EDCAMP: a K-12 Professional Learning day based on the unconference model.

#2 Craft the Driving Question
How can we engage our faculty and administrators in meaningful conversations about teaching and learning?

#3 Plan the Assessment
Faculty will complete an online survey to reflect on their personal learning as a result of their participation in the Edcamp.

#4 Map the Project
– Conversation strands
– Llogistics of the day: sessions, length of discussions
– Exploration of IP21(Individual Plans for 21st Century Teaching and Learning) faculty pages
– Compilation of exemplaries
– Assembling exemplaries within discussion strands
– Tapping facilitators to lead discussions
– Keynote and Closing Remarks ideas
– Teacher reflection form

#5 Manage the Process
– Collaborate: establish deadlines for completing each step of the project
– Communicate: virtual and face-to-face
– Create wiki, !P21 Edcamp agenda, resources and teaser

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Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice. She works with schools and districts from around the world helping them to infuse technology into their curriculums and by leading other digital conversion efforts. Sheryl also consults with governments, educational organizations and non-profits in development of their various professional learning initiatives. Sheryl is a sought-after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics related to digital and online learning, teacher and educational leadership, online community building, and other educational issues impacting children of poverty. Sheryl served on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors for six years. She co-authored The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age with Lani Ritter Hall. Sheryl has four children and four grandsons, Luke, Logan, Levi and Tanner and a trio of dachshunds. You can find out more on her blog and on Twitter @snbeach.
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