Differentiated Professional Development in a Professional Learning Community

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Schools and districts that function as professional learning communities (PLCs) have a keen understanding of the connection between teacher learning and student learning. They know that when teachers acquire new knowledge and successfully transfer that knowledge to their classroom practice, student learning improves. They know that continuous, collaborative, job-embedded learning is the model of professional development that is most likely to achieve that result. But Linda Bowgren and Kathryn Sever maintain that PLCs have generally overlooked one crucial element: differentiation for teacher learners. The authors have seen firsthand that adding differentiation to the mix greatly increases the chances of improving practice, which ultimately sustains the development of the professional learning community. Differentiated Professional Development in a Professional Learning Community presents the research and the strategies that will enable PLCs to implement targeted differentiated professional learning. The core of the differentiation process is the three-step model the authors call I Do, We, You Do. Teacher leaders/trainers carry out the first step by introducing and demonstrating new strategies to the teachers who will be implementing them in their classrooms. They then begin differentiating the teachers learning by determining what each individual needs to reach the point of using the strategies independently. During Step 2, teachers receive the most appropriate types of support for example, coaching, peer observations, co-teaching until they are ready to teach the strategies to their students (Step 3). But the cycle does not end there. The teachers return to their collaborative teams, share their progress and challenges, examine student work, analyze data, and help their colleagues use the strategies more effectively in their classrooms. As teacher learners grow their expertise, the PLC becomes stronger, and student learning reaches ever-higher levels. In addition to thoroughly explaining the process of differentiated professional development, Bowgren and Sever show it in action. Based on their extensive combined teaching and administrative experience in a PLC district, they allow readers to observe demonstrations, coaching sessions, and team meetings and to listen in on teachers conversations as they adapt to the challenges of continuous learning. These glimpses into the workings of a PLC engaged in implementing differentiation are among the book s greatest strengths.

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Linda Bowgren has been an educator since 1965, serving in both private and public schools as a high school physical education teacher and coach, an elementary classroom teacher, and a literacy specialist/professional developer. She received her master of science degree in literacy from Elmira College, New York. Linda retired in 2008 from the Maine-Endwell Central School District in Endwell, New York, where she worked to develop the new-teacher induction program and served as the district s new-teacher mentor. She currently enjoys working as a consultant in districts interested in revisiting literacy and professional development methods and practices. Linda has presented at many state and national conferences on the topics of literacy, instructional strategies, and professional development and is a firm believer in collaboration and building a culture of professionalism for all teachers. She lives in Endicott, New York, in happy proximity to her three young grandchildren. Her retirement offers many opportunities for sharing books, biking, camping, canoeing, gardening, and tree-house construction. Kathryn Sever has been a public school educator since 1974. She has served as a classroom teacher, building administrator, and director of education. Before retiring in 2009, she was assistant superintendent for instruction in the Maine-Endwell Central School District in Endwell, New York. Kathy holds a bachelor s degree in French from Bates College (1970) and both a master s degree in French and a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (1973). She has presented at several local, state, and national conferences. Kathy resides in Endwell, New York, with her husband, Joe whom she met in a castle in France when they were both French teachers traveling and studying under Rotary Club sponsorship. Their son, Kyle, graduated from Fordham University in 2009. Linda and Kathy are the coauthors of Shaping the Workday, which appears in the anthology Finding Time for Professional Learning (2008).

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According to the NSDC Standards, people have different learning styles and strengths, and effective professional development includes opportunities for seeing, hearing, and practicing ideas associated with important content. It also provides opportunities for educators to learn alone, with colleagues, and on the job. Differentiated Professional Development in a Professional Learning Community describes in rich detail, with many practical examples, how to address individual needs within the context of organizational priorities. Bowgren and Sever ground their discussion in substantive research and theory regarding adult learning. They carefully explain that differentiation doesn t mean everyone does their own thing. Rather, it means educators are provided with appropriate learning experiences that ensure they successfully gain the knowledge and skills deemed essential to their students success. The authors demonstrate how district and school leaders can strike an appropriate balance between attention to the needs of individuals and those of organizations to ensure high levels of learning and performance for both educators and their students. --Stephanie Hirsh, executive director, National Staff Development Council

Bowgren and Sever plot a clear path for moving teachers from knowing to doing. Whether you're wondering why professional development must be differentiated or struggling with implementation, these pages provide the background, methods, and practical tips for helping teachers become excited about changing their classrooms to meet the needs of all learners. --Jane Kise, education consultant and author

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