Effective professional learning--like effective classroom teaching--must result in more actively engaged participants and, ultimately, improved results. It is structured, yet flexible. It is teacher-focused and personalized, yet is a collaborative venture
between each teacher and building leaders. It allows for a great deal of teacher choice and teacher voice within a system of professional learning expectations and mindsets. It is based on the needs of individual teachers and provides real world, practical learning experiences that allow for teachers to become better at what they do. In essence, effective professional learning is the complete opposite of the traditional, one-size-fits-all, sit and get, hours-based model that remains the cornerstone of many districts’ plans throughout the nation. Join a discussion with Tom Murray and Jeff Zoul and hear how educators are connecting and learning in new ways to meet their needs--and those of their students!
Thomas C. Murray serves as the state and district digital learning director for the Alliance for Excellent Education located in Washington, DC. He has testified before the United States Congress and works alongside that body and the US Senate, the US Department of Education and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement digital learning while helping to lead Future Ready
, Project 24
andDigital Learning Day
Dr. Jeffrey Zoul is a lifelong teacher, learner, and leader, currently serving as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning with Deerfield Public Schools District 109 in Deerfield, Illinois. Prior to working in this capacity, Jeff served as a school improvement specialist with Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), the nation's largest and oldest non-profit school improvement network.
They are the co-authors of the recent release, Leading Professional Learning; Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers
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