5 Tips That Foster Collaborative Professional Learning

| May 25, 2018

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Leveraging new technology for professional learning requires some creative thinking and it also takes money.A few years ago, a group at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte received a grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction that paid for notebooks and software for creating a professional development program for elementary school teachers. The program’s goal was to improve student achievement and higher-order thinking skills through more effective use of educational technology.The group started by creating a curriculum map that outlined the courses they wanted to teach. Then they created a repository for instructional resources that were aligned to state standards. Finally, they began engaging in digital conversations with the teachers to help them become more familiar with the goals of the program.

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