8 steps to do it yourself professional development

The school year is wrapping up soon. You may be thinking toward the summer, and other than soaking up the sun and getting some much needed vacation time, maybe you’re considering professional learning and how to advance your teaching practice for next year. At Powerful Learning Practice, we know professional development for teachers. Over 7,000 educators around the globe have changed their teaching practice through our approach. But we’re letting the secret out – you can do it yourself.

We’ve discovered the 8-step process to do-it-yourself professional development and we want to hand you the keys in our new eCourse, Connected Learner Lite. It’s open for enrollment and filling up fast.

The new session is starting soon â€”June 10th. Register now

Budgets are tight and time is more valuable than ever. But today, professional learning and being on the cutting edge of technology as well as teaching is vital for educators like you and me. At PLP, we know PD. We know how to do it right, and how to use this 8-step process to build your personal learning network, be part of a community of likeminded educators, and bring your teaching practice into the 21st Century.

Now for the first time, we’re offering a guided, fast-track eCourse to do just that. It’s called Connected Learner Lite – 12 weeks of connected learning.

If you like the idea of DIY PD, but would like a helping hand to get started, this course is for you.


The Webinar Curriculum: Week by Week

You’ll get twelve 60-minute, synchronous, online webinars taking you from “What is 21st Century learning and why is it important?”  to “How do I create a 21st Century classroom or school?” In addition, you’ll work inside an online community of educators. This provides deep, engaged discussion, sharing what works, and examples for each step of the way.

Week 1  | Kickoff and Orientation | We lay out the journey and get to know one another

Week 2  | Setting the Stage: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century | We build a common language, look at reports, articles and research

Week 3 | Connected Learning Communities: A 3-Pronged Approach |We unpack a professional learning model for today’s educator

Week 4 |  Network Literacy | We look at strategies for Creating Personal Learning Networks

Week 5 | Becoming a Connected Educator | We explore the latest Web 2.0 tools for teaching and learning

Week 6 | Inquiry Based Learning: Who, When, Where, Why and How | We lay the pedagogical foundation for Project/Problem Based Learning

Week 7 | Inquiry-based Learning | We talk about using TPACK for lesson planning and Connected Learning as Curriculum Tools

Week 8 | Action Research and Collective Intelligence | We look deeply into development of action research plans

Week 9 | PBL: Getting Your Students from Start to Finish | We will unpack strategies for project, problem, and passion-based learning

Week 10 | Authentic Assessment with Cutting-Edge Technology and Tools | We look at how to use assessment for learning and not just of learning

Week 11 | Keeping the Momentum: Scaling the Work | We talk about next steps and how to use what you have learned back in your local context

Week 12 | Learning Showcase | You’ll participate in a culminating event where you showcase your action plans and findings for others from around the world

In the video above, Sheryl, the instructor and PLP co-founder tells us about this course and why you should spend your summer learning time right by reserving your spot in this 12-week program for connected learning! Watch the video, then head over to the course page to read even more and get yourself signed up. Hurry! This course will fill up fast.

Graduate Credit Available

After the course begins, graduate credit may be obtained through North Dakota State University. Get complete details here.

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