I'm in the midst of creating a technology and innovation plan for my school and I need your help! Key to the success of any such initiative is providing ample staff professional development opportunities. This can be a daunting challenge for any school or district as schools today are often thwarted by obstacles related to space, time, funding and institutional vision. To overcome these challenges, schools need to be creative in how they encourage professional learning given their particular circumstances. Additionally, it's important for schools to design professional learning experiences around best practices in order for these experiences to be impactful. This EdWeek article from 2016 cites a study that purports teacher-led professional development to be more effective than traditional sit and get methods.
Below is a survey that I have designed with the purpose of documenting professional learning practices in schools. There are no right or wrong answers; my goal is to get a sense of how other schools are approaching this topic. I am particularly interested in any evidence or research-based practices followed by schools; this paper by Linda Darling-Hammond et al from the Learning Policy Institute outlines best practices in teacher professional development that seem rooted in principles of adult learning theory. Perhaps some schools follow professional learning standards established by Learning Forward. And, I also would love to learn more about specific innovative approaches to professional learning. For example, at the Global Leadership Summit this year, I learned about Washington International School's PD Collaborative that engages not only WIS teachers but teachers in the community at large. Another example would Punahou's Summer Lab School for teachers at which I presented in 2010; I'm not sure the program is still in existence, but here's a video about the program.
I plan on presenting the results to colleagues as we discuss how to fit professional learning around tech and innovation into our busy school calendar. I will also make the results public to those who leave their email addresses when filling out the survey. I think many educators have questions about how to best craft professional learning for their colleagues and hopefully, the results of this survey will provide some answers or inspiration. The usefulness of this data will only become apparent if I am able to solicit responses from a large number of people; please share this survey with others so that we can crowdsource this important information.
Finally, I just added an additional question regarding the evaluation of professional learning programs. I'm curious as to whether your school analyzes PD programs in any way including for research purposes.
Please consider participating, and thanks in advance for your help!