Blended Professional Development for Technology Integration to Meet the Common Core State Standards

School or Organization Name: PowerUp WHAT WORKS Project (conducted by the American Institutes for Research in collaboration with Education Development Center and CAST)

Co-Presenter Name(s): Dr. Tracy Gray, Dr. Judith Zorfass

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: United States, East Coast

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): School Leaders, Professional Development Facilitators, Staff Developers, Technical Assistance Providers, Teacher Educators

Short Session Description: This presentation will define Blended Professional Development (PD), identify its value for today's shrinking school budgets, discuss critical content (CCSS, evidence-based practices, technology integration, and students with disabilities), and demonstrate relevant, free, and ready-to-use materials and resources.

Full Session Description:

This presentation will discuss four related topics. First, it will begin by briefly defining Blended PD, explaining that it combines, self-paced and self-guided learning opportunities for individuals or groups with facilitated learning activities (i.e., face-to-face and online).

The second section will focus on identifying how Blended PD can help school leaders make the most of their PD resources. Blended PD is proving to be time, staff, and cost effective. It has the potential to create differentiated and personalized PD opportunities to meet teacher, and ultimately, student needs.

Third, we will provide recommendations on the content for Blended PD, i.e., the pedagogical and technological skills teachers need to be effective in today's classroom. These include:

  • Aligning instruction to CCSS
  • Implementing evidence-based practices
  • Integrating technology into the curriculum
  • Meeting the needs of students who struggle and those with disabilities

The last section will offer pointers to relevant, ready-to-use resources for Blended PD, which can be used by school leaders, PD facilitators, staff developers, technical assistance providers, and teacher educators. We will highlight: (1) PowerUp WHAT WORKS (www.PowerUpWHATWORKS.org) and (2) The Tech Matrix (www.techmatrix.org).

Websites and URLs Associated With Your Session: www.PowerUpWHATWORKS.org; www.techmatrix.org

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