Academic Playbook : Professional Development
Clarifying What Students Must Learn
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Playbook PD Sessions at the ADE Summit
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- K-4 on Tuesday, June 16
- 5-9 on Wednesday, June 17
- 10-12 on Thursday, June 18
Professional Development Best Practices
- Keeping Great Teachers: Professional Development (Jasmine K. Kullar)
- Creating SMART Goals (Rebecca DuFour)
- Co-op Needs Assessment - Dawson Example
- Reentry Needs Assessment Survey - Example
- The Power of Collaboration (Kenneth C. Williams)
- Collaborative Teams in a PLC: Focus on Learning Questions (3rd Grade PLC Teacher Team)
- A Pedagogy for Teacher Learning Communities (Dylan Williams)
- Instructional Strategies to Engage Students in Learning (Dylan Williams)
- Systems of Interventions: Learn By Doing (Mike Mattos)
- Closing the Gap in Special Education: What Does Tailored Instruction Mean? (Julie A. Schmidt)
It is recommended that districts conduct pre-assessments in order to assess students' prior knowledge and skills.
- Understanding the Common Formative Assessment Process (Richard DuFour)
It is recommended that districts allot ample time for teachers to plan together in order to ensure that their strategies and content help prepare students for higher level material. This will ensure that given a subject, each grade-level curriculum adequately covers the necessary topics, skills, standards, and learning outcomes to ensure student success.
- Vertical and Interdisciplinary Team Strategies (Aaron Hansen)
- Unit Plan Sample
- Doing the Right Work: Studying the Standards (Richard DuFour and Rebecca DuFour)
- Using the Four Critical Questions to Guide Unit Planning (Janel Keating)
Assessment and other data can be utilized during the planning process (including vertical planning/alignment). Data should drive decisions and focus instruction.
- Using Student Assessment Data (Sharon V. Kramer)
Parent Resources for Teachers
- "School's Out: A Parents' Guide for Meeting the Challenge During the COVID-19 Pandemic"
- Managing Stress and Anxiety from CDC
- Parent Power Hours- 1 hour pd opportunities to learn about technology, content specific strategies, etc. The pd can be live and recorded then posted on the school or district site.
- Friday CAFEs (Community and Family Engagement)- Once a month to every Friday (whatever the school/district deems appropriate to support families and community members) opportunities. 30 minute live chats (FB, Zoom, etc.) for families to ask questions and have discussions about whatever is on their mind. Typically these are done with the principal, counselor, and whoever else may be available or designated. Any questions the team cannot answer at the time of the meeting will be addressed after the meeting and communicated back out. (Kim Wright, Contributor)
Suggested PD Formats
- Arkansas IDEAS
- Local Educational Cooperatives
- Onsite at Local Districts
- Model Lessons on YouTube
- ADE Summit
- Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work by Richard DuFour
- Tools and Resources for Educators - COVID-19: School Closings, AMI Assignments, and Planning to Reopen Schools developed by AACIA
- List of Resources from AACIA/AAEA
- Susan Kissire, Superintendent, Bismarck School District, email@example.com
- Lesley Nelms, Assistant Principal, Hamburg High School, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lisa Madden, Assistant LEA, Prescott School District, email@example.com
- Kimberly Grimes, Principal, Prescott Elementary School, firstname.lastname@example.org