Raising The Bar For Professional Learning

A session by Kurt Klynen
Learning Experience Architect, Joy of Professional Learning

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Professional Development has become the dreaded time of year when administrators are thinking what is our “professional development” plan for the faculty around district mission and goals? In most cases faculty will attend sit and get lectures on creating engaging active learning in the classroom, the do and don’ts of educational policies, new technology initiatives, and hours of listening to the “experts”. Teachers rarely experience learning activities that allow for best practices and ideas to emerge and flow. As a team of 8 Apple Distinguished Educators at the fore front of change, we believe professional development in our schools can become more about a learning experience. We asked questions about why change is needed and necessary? We concluded that it is difficult to ask teachers to create active learning in the classroom if they themselves do not experience the learning in the same way. The real question is not what does learning look like but what does learning FEEL like? Our focus is innovative professional learning and our mission is to bring joy back to the learning experience through innovative practices that are shared, relevant, and meaningful. We believe collaboration, shared ideas, and experiencing learning contribute to the overall positive outlook of teaching and learning. This kind of professional learning is about experiences.

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Kurt Klynen

Lifelong Learner⎜Teacher⎜Author⎜ Experience Architect⎜Ambassador of Innovation⎜Advocate of Technology ⎜Advisor⎜Presenter⎜Director @joyofpl⎜EduRebel

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