Oh you know, just sitting here learning stuff, using Tweetdeck. Happened to be following an event at the White House focused on #nextgenpl and caught, out of the corner of my eye, a worldwide professional learning event called Education on Air: It Takes a Teacher. Well, thinking in terms of old style professional development…this ain’t it. No ‘expert’ person is winging into develop us. We aren’t paying for airfare and hotels somewhere. We are joining in a conversation and learning based upon our interests and our choices from the comfort of our homes. On a Saturday, at our convenience.
If innovation means making something that is ‘new and better’, I believe this is a powerful example of an innovative mode of professional learning. I also believe there will continue to be more and more professional learning just like this.
I can’t wait!
Fife School District
39 years as an educator.
16 years teacher
3 years assistant principal
12 years principal
8 years Assistant Superintendent
BA, Washington State University
MAEd, Washington State University
Previous member of AWSP Legislative Committee
Previous member of UW Tacoma PEAB, Administrative Certification
Established and maintained Fife’s first website for 7 years
Present work includes establishing the first Teaching/Learning/Innovation department in the Fife School District. Examples of responsibilities include: teacher/administrator professional development, assessment, TPEP, curriculum/materials review, 24 credit requirement, technology levy leadership, teacher/administrator bargaining.
Initiatives underway in Fife, as a result of new TLI Department: AVID, OER, Curriculum and Materials reviews, Student Perception Pilot with CSTP, Google Expedition
Cofounder of Educational Internet Communications, LLC. Marketed and sold one of the first online grade checking programs in the US. Consulted with Seattle Educational Internet Company for 2 years.
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