December 2016

Just a reminder, if you haven’t registered yet and plan on going to the January Conference, please do. Conference information is on the website: www.njecc.org.
Here is the direct link to the conference registration form.

Topic: Personalized Professional Development for Educators

Presentation from www.howardedu.com

Makayla Mota, Microsoft Ambassador talking about the advances that Microsoft is making in the area of micro-credentials and personalized learning.

 

Mike Ritzius, Associate Director of Professional Development and Instructional Issues, and Co-Founder and Board member with the Edcamp Foundation on the ways in which we can redefine how individuals, communities and school districts can learn and grow.  Contact:   mritzius@gmail.com,  twitter: @mritzius

The full presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1MPhVY_Hy8DSUs2b2NLZW1oVTQ/view

  • Once we accept that school is nothing more than an idea that we’ve all agreed to follow, the possibilities become endless.
  • Prof Dev and Prof Learning are related but not interchangeable
  • Prof Dev is systemic not personal.  It is a continuing renewal through collective space.
  • People think systems are – magical, naive, complex
  • Prof learning is always person, a journey towards self actualization as professional within the context of a professional space.
  • If you change the way your look at, the things you look at change.
  • Training is standardized but may have a differentiated approach attending to the demands of the system.
  • We shape our tools, thereafter, the tools shape us.
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  • If individuals lose the ability to influence the system, then training becomes oppressive and a gap forms.  The purpose for learning is lost.
  • You can only be part of the solution if you are part of the problem.
  • Professional development answers “What does the community, and the world, need of this school?”
  • Professional learning answers the question “How do I become my fullest professional self while contributing to the collective good?”
  • Training answers the question  “What does this community demand of me as a functioning member?”

 

Lynette Guastaferro and Mary Strain from Teaching Matters http://learn.teachingmatters.org/, about how they grew a pilot program of 375 teachers in NYC into a successful learning experience for all.  

Link to their presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1e6MBDbX_jOPon1IqOrKcd9avzgX8ahjFM3j7tgzM2KA/edit#slide=id.p4

Kurt Fritz – Vantage Learning – http://www.vantagelearning.com

Mike Duffy, Kyte Learning (https://www.kytelearning.com), Regional Director, on how district’s are beginning to use Kyte’s innovative platform to ignite individualized learning within school and beyond. 

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Patrick’s Random Thoughts/Gadgetry

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Good and welfare – Your Biggest Problem

  • making more time for PD
  • buying from vendors not on state contract
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