Fred Ende: Professional Development for Learning: Phase I -- Planning

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Date: Thursday, November 3

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

When we think of professional development, we often consider the event, session, or series, as it will be taking place. We focus on the “providing” aspect of the professional learning, at times, ignoring the other key parts. A focus solely on the providing of professional development makes it that much more challenging for PD providers to understand why some sessions are successful and others are not. In these situations we are seeing just one tree, and not the forest, and a focus on only one part of the design process inhibits our ability to create Professional Development for Learning (PDL).

PDL is built around three different phases: Planning, Providing, and Following-Up. In order for professional development to lead to learning, all three phases must be equal focal points. In this Edchat Interactive, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the PDL design framework, consider what research says about professional development for learning, and dive deeply into the Planning phase of professional development design as a means to start learning off on the right foot.

Fred Ende

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. You can see some of Fred's work and writing at

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