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  • 1. Enhancing Teacher Quality with Online PD One States Pilot Project Jill Weber, EDCCathy Higgins, NH[email_address] chiggins @ed.state.nh.us

2. NEIRTEC (neirtec.org)

  • Part of RTEC network (rtec.org)
  • Online PD - ETLO, Designing for Technology Integration
  • Collaborative Evaluation Resources
  • Technology Integration - Math Resources
  • Knowledge Loom (KLOOM)

3. New Hampshire Online PD Pilot

  • Design and implementation of project
  • PD model - face-to-face and online
    • Face-to-face institute content
    • Online supported work environment (course)
  • Results
  • Lessons learned
  • Next steps

4. Background

  • NCLB Title II-D Educational Technology funding
    • New Hampshire Local Educational Support Center Network (LESCN)
    • Six regional centers
    • Technology-enhanced support/PD
  • http://www.nheon.org/

5. Background

  • RFP
    • Mini-grants - $2000 per participant
    • Teams of two teachers
    • Develop and deliver effective and content-rich online PD courses to a statewide audience
    • Funding priority
      • Emphasis on research-supported best practice tools and strategies
      • Specific content focus

6. RFP Rubric

  • Specifies proposed course learning goals and what participants should know when they complete the course
  • Describes the performance objectives related to each goal
  • Outlines a variety of proposed assessment tools and techniques related to each learning objective

7. RFP Rubric

  • Includes links to websites with at least two examples of assessment tools that might be appropriately used for the proposed course topic
  • Includes links to websites with at least two research references to the proposed course content
  • Describes a variety of teaching strategies and materials which the team expects to use to teach the course, including technology resources

8. The Pilot Program

  • Nine two-teacher teams
  • Four-day face-to-face summer institute
  • Six-week supported learning environment - ETLO
  • Course design complete first semester
  • Beta test course second semester

9. The Pilot Program

  • NEIRTEC Partners
    • EDC - ETLO (EdTech Leaders Online)http://www.edtechleaders.org
    • Ed Alliance at Brown - Knowledge Loomhttp://knowledgeloom.org/gmott
    • TERC - Designing for Technology Integrationhttp://neirtec.terc.edu/
    • Learning Innovations at WestEd - Collaborative Evaluationhttp://www.neirtec.org/evaluation/
    • Sun Associates - NEIRTEC evaluatorhttp://www.sun-associates.com/

10. The Pilot Program

  • Initial survey of teachers
    • Do you have much experience in doing PD?
    • How would you rate yourself in overall use of technology? (very comfortable, comfortable, not comfortable)
    • How would you rate yourself in overall use of the Internet? (vc, c, nc)
    • Are you experienced with Blackboard/other course design tools?

11. The Pilot Program

  • Teacher Teams
    • Master teachers
    • Professional developers
    • Online PD participants
    • Online course designers
    • Technology-savvy
  • Teacher Teams
    • Willing pioneers
    • Eager to apply knowledge in online courseAND classroom
    • Ready to make an impact

Lesson 12. The Pilot Program

  • Face-to-face learning environment
  • to teach online course development
  • for courses that would be delivered online
  • to impact face-to-face teaching and learning

Lesson 13. Face-to-Face Institute

  • Backward design model
  • Elements of good professional development
  • Good models of teaching with technology
  • Online resources
  • Instruction for beginning course creation
  • What can participants take away for theirown course development from each step of the process?

Lesson 14. Model Lessons - Emersion Model

  • How do these lessons reflect good teaching and learning methods?Good technology integration?

15. Classroom Vignettes

  • How can you create the feeling of looking into a classroom?How can a lesson be documented?

16. Online Resources

  • How do you evaluate a website?How do your online resources measure up?

17. Building community

  • Three-legged stool model
    • Learning content
      • Resources that bridge research and practice
      • Learning tasks
    • Expert facilitation
    • Peer-to-peer interaction
  • Face-to-face methods translated into online methods

18. Pedagogy of online course design and delivery

  • Online teaching and learning
    • Opportunities, challenges, goals
  • Model courses
  • Online course design
    • Key elements
    • Developing course content
    • Online environment - Blackboard
    • Online assessments

19. Pedagogy of online course design and delivery

  • Online PD facilitation
    • Techniques
    • Sustaining participation
      • Simulated online discussion practice
    • Facilitation scenarios and models

20. Lessons Learned

  • Participants
    • Building community
    • Planning with experts
    • Acquiring quality resources
    • Forming foundational knowledge on which to build course
    • Making connections between PD they were receiving and PD they were about to create/deliver
    • Using model courses/lessons as a framework

Lesson 21. Lessons Learned

  • Implementation of the Project
    • Writing the RFP
    • Setting participant expectations
    • Planning - the little things
    • Logistics for course offerings

Lesson 22. Lessons Learned

  • The Big Lessons - what was key?
    • Flexibility in program design
    • Integration with other state goals/initiatives
    • Alignment with state benchmarks
    • Interfacing with state resources (human, tools)
    • Building capacity
      • Teachers
      • Center network
      • State-wide PD plan
  • Someone needs to be the expert.You need expertise in theleadership, and experience in the implementation,if youre going to jump into the deep end.