Moving from PD to PDL: Designing Professional Development That Sticks with Fred Ende

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Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Time: 8:00 PM Eastern/ 5:00 PM Pacific

Ask most educators to name their top ten favorite professional development experiences, and it is likely that you will be met with blank stares, a laugh, or “Wait. Are you serious?” None can deny the importance and necessity of professional development for all of us as learners and leaders. And yet, none can deny that professional development, in general, is not yet where it needs to be in order to be most meaningful for educators. That said, other professions, and even some of our colleagues in the education world, have figured out ways to make organizational professional learning work for them, rather than against them.

During this Edchat Interactive, participants will have the opportunity to deeply dive into what makes professional learning resound for educators. We’ll reflect on research supporting effective professional learning design, talk about how we can move from professional development (PD) to professional development for learning (PDL), explore the phases of effective PDL (and a potential thinking model to make it stick), and chat about a number of practical strategies that we can all use to truly support life-long learning for all.

Fred Ende is the Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instructional Services for Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES, one of New York's thirty-seven regional education service agencies. In this role, Fred assists districts in the metropolitan New York City area with curriculum and professional development, design, and evaluation, and also serves as a regional liaison with the State Education Department. Prior to his work at the BOCES, Fred taught middle school science and served as a department chair for ten years in Chappaqua, a suburb of New York City. Fred is passionate about designing professional development that leads to deep learning, and believes in the importance of collaboration across school, district, and regional lines to design learning opportunities that are truly sticky. Fred can be reached at and on Twitter at @fredende, and is the author of the ASCD book, Professional Development That Sticks.

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Fred Ende