Think Different, Act Different, Expect Different: Marysville Training 1
What an exciting and focused week of professional development with Marysville School District teachers and administrators! Chrissy, Kim and Jeff left each training day energized about the future of learning for Marysville students. The Eduro team will be having four days with each cohort spread throughout the year. The teachers and administrators have worked hard to ensure a successful start to the the training and we leave feeling confident that they will make continued progress.
From deepening the understanding of pedagogy in this new learning environment, while making connections to what teachers already know, to enhancing advanced Google Apps skills, Marysville teachers and administrators were exposed to not only a variety of tools, but also the reasons why we would use them, how they impact learning, and what they can expect in a technology-rich learning environment. Kim, Chrissy and Jeff also worked very hard to model a variety of pedagogical strategies that teachers and administrators can implement in their own setting as soon as school starts. From the practical to the big picture, each training day reflected effective teaching and learning in today’s world.
Each day of training was rich with learning, focusing on the hands-on and tool-based skills as well as new approaches to teaching and learning in a digital world. Understanding how (and why) to ask questions that Google can’t answer, or taking advantage of all of the amazing features and functionality of Google Apps made the teacher training days very practical. Tackling the big issues of leadership in a 1:1 environment, as well as the logistical details, kept the admin team engaged and focused throughout their day of training.
Key highlights of the week include:
Growth in Teacher Confidence (Act Different)
It was inspiring to see the growth in teacher confidence as each training day progressed. From being completely new to Mac in the morning, to teaching each other how to utilize the variety of built-in tools at their fingertips towards the end of the day means that we have a cohort of empowered learners who can support and learn from each other long after the training session ends.
Open and Honest Conversations (Think Different)
The ability and time to have open and honest conversations with administrators about the realities of learning in a blended learning environment was powerful. Marysville School District has a willingness to accept where they are and move forward on this path that has student achievement at the forefront of what they are doing. Together, today and in the future with all stakeholders, a common understanding and agreement of the “why” is being constructed.
Staying Connected (Expect Different)
We know that one day a term is not enough to keep professional learning going throughout the year, so we’ve set up a Google+ community as well as a Google Classroom to connect the teachers and administrators in this cohort. Although these tools were new to most teachers and admin, we can already see the comments and conversations that are happening in these (private to Marysville) spaces. One of our favorite features is that both of these communities are open to all of the teachers in this cohort, about 150 people, even though they were split into smaller groups each day for face-to-face training. Building this connected network of educators within the Marysville community will be a great way for teachers to continue learning and sharing together – even while the Eduro team is not in town!
The Eduro team is already looking forward to being back in Marysville in October. Next time Clint, Simon and Jeff will be leading the training sessions and we’re looking forward to working with the teachers and admin on further building and developing this community of learners.