There is a famous Chinese proverb which goes like,
Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.
It cannot be denied that great teaching inspires great learning. Although student learning is the core of all teaching efforts, teachers cannot control it. Teachers can only influence and inspire their students through constant effort. This also means that a teacher is the most critical element for a student’s learning. And the best thing that can be done to help students learn is to shift focus from learning outcomes to the professional development of teachers. However, the traditional one-size-fits-all approach of professional teacher development is often something which is oftentimes done just for the sake of it and is of not much use to most of them.
So what’s the best approach to encourage teachers to take charge of their own learning? How can they be inspired to make professional learning a part of their teaching journey? Thomas C. Murray, the state and district digital learning director for the Alliance for Excellent Education, answers these questions in his upcoming free webinar ‘Leading Professional Learning: Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers’ on May 27th, 2:30PM EST.
Tom has a strong passion for digital learning and personalized professional learning and helps Department of Education of U.S and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts in the implementation of digital learning. He has also co-authored the recent release of Leading Professional Learning; Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers (Corwin, 2015). His contribution to education won him the Blended Schools Network Leadership Award and got him listed among the ‘Top 16 forward thinking EdTech leaders in the country’ and ‘Top 100 influential voices in education’.
In his webinar, Tom will speak about:
- Issues with traditional model of professional learning
- Methods to transform district’s professional learning vision
- Getting inspiration from stories of professional achievements of educators
- Ways to take charge of one’s own professional learning
- Dynamic ways of professional development-EdCamps,Twitter Chats
So, save your seat for the webinar now!