Planning Effective Professional Develpoment

Planning effective professional development is important if one wants to see positive results: change in the classroom that leads to improved learning. This week, I put together a short outline highlighting the five key principles of effective PD and how I can use them for our dental hygiene program to transform our traditional courses into blended ones. A more detailed plan will follow soon…

I.                   Duration

a.       Minimum 30 hours of ongoing professional learning during each 10-week term (approx. 3 hours per week per instructor)

b.       Sessions will be 30-60 minutes each, assigned to each class meeting during the week

c.       The entire PD training will occur throughout all five terms so teachers have a chance to apply techniques to each class they teach (both junior and senior level courses)

II.                 Support

a.       Teachers will work collaboratively with each other, meeting weekly to discuss challenges and solutions

b.       PD leaders will be working with teachers during class time to help with specific challenges during implementation

c.       IT will be available via phone to assist with technical issues

III.              Engaging teachers

a.       Training will initially be held as a group with opportunities to use technology the way students will be using it in their classrooms

b.       Show exciting videos on Blended Learning

c.       Discuss why change is needed

d.       Foster group discussions on pros and cons of change, fears and objections the teachers may be thinking about

IV.             Modeling

a.       After initial training, rotate instructors through my classroom to observe how I use technology in my own class

V.                Content

a.       The content presented will be applicable to college-level courses, specifically tailored individually for various courses in the dental hygiene program

Collaboration will be fostered by hosting weekly meetings to discuss what is working and what isn’t. These will also be sessions dedicated to helping teachers understand that by working together, there will be more continuity for our students. Instructors will show others what they are specifically working on in their classrooms and how the students are reacting to it. These meetings will be led by our Program Director and myself. The more tech-savvy teachers can mentor the ones who struggle with technology. I prefer to use the BHAG and 3-column table for its simplicity and effectiveness; the main focus should be on the pedagogy, not the technology. This PD series will begin after I launch my Radiography course as a blended class. I want to experience a full 10-week term of teaching this way so I can share my experiences with the group. If I can successfully implement the blended model of my course, we will be on track to start PD on blended learning in October 2017. Since we used Schoology in 5318, I want to continue using this program for all the other courses. We will incorporate free online resources for both faculty and students (such as Kahoot, Quizizz, YouTube, etc.) to use in the courses.


Author: CruzN

I'm a Curriculum Specialist, Dental Hygienist, and Goldendoodle breeder. I want to share my passions with others so we can collaborate. I have an A.S. and a B.S. in Dental Hygiene, and a Master's in Education with a focus on Digital Learning. I have a passion for Goldendoodles, and have taken courses in breeding and genetics through AKC. I'm also a member of GANA. I have an amazing husband and three kids: Matt, Chloe, and Silas. I also have 3 dogs and a cat. Definitely a full house! When I'm not editing curriculum or fighting plaque and gingivitis, I like to hang out with friends and family (a little BBQ here and there), garden, play with the kiddos and my dogs, travel, and remodel our house (a never-ending project!). Most of all, I love to learn and share ideas. Thanks for stopping by!

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