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Professional Learning Development and Support of Levels of Guskey

Leslie Fetzer (North Carolina Virtual Public School, USA)
James Bell (NCVPS, USA)
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Don Lourcey (NCVPS, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 2:45pm
Faculty and Professional Development & Support
Areas of Special Interest: 
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Theory/Conceptual Framework
Institutional Level: 
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Northern Hemisphere E2
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 3

Demonstrating that Professional Learning is applied by teachers and tied to student incomes is a challenge worth winning. Explore the framework employed at NCVPS.

Extended Abstract

Program Description
Explore how Adult Learning Theory, the Learning Forward Standards, and Guskey's Critical Levels of Professional Learning combine to develop engaging, relevant professional learning that can be attached to student outcomes. Discuss the challenges facing schools to adequately prepare teachers and how we might empower teacher learners. Leave with tools necessary to implement a successful professional learning strategy for your school(s).

Participant Outcomes
* Identify the challenges Guskey's research presents
* Examine each of the Learning forward standards with a focus on implementation and adult learning theory
* Share the North Carolina Virtual Public School Professional Learning Model
* Collaborate and share successful strategies of engagement and buy-in

Session Alignment
Guskey has identified 5 critical levels of effective professional learning. The last two, attached to implementation and student outcomes, are the most difficult to measure. In this session, we will discuss challenges and share solutions. Participants will leave with the tools to implement the shared model in their own schools.

Session Process Agenda
* Introductions and Overview (5 minutes)
* Professional Learning Standards (20 minutes)
Breaking away from the silos
* Connecting Professional Learning to Student Outcomes (Guskey) (15 minutes)
o Process
o Rubrics
o Follow through
* Share opportunities for further collaboration and learning (5 minutes)
* Reflection and Questions & Answers (15 minutes)

Since 2007, North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) has been a cutting edge virtual school that has grown to serve over 50,000 individual student enrollments each year in both the public school and non-public school arenas. NCVPS has been nationally and internationally recognized for quality instruction, teacher preparation, a student led peer tutoring program, and its OCS Program for students with disabilities. NCVPS seeks to share successes and challenges so that other schools and systems can strengthen their own online and blended learning programs and policies.

Lead Presenter

Leslie Fetzer serves as Coordinator of Professional Learning for NCVPS which includes the Teacher in Training Program, which partners with universities to prepare teachers for teaching in online and blended environments. She has been with NCVPS since 2008. Prior to these roles, Leslie was an online Science Teacher, Instructional Leader, and Course Developer after several years in the brick and mortar classroom. Leslie was the 2012 SREB/iNACOL National Online Teacher of the Year.