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Build Your People: Professional Learning That Creates a Teacher Workforce for the Digital Age


Jennifer Barnett, Technology Integration Specialist, Childersburg High School (Talladega, AL)
Melinda George, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NCTAF
Michael King, Principal, Dodge City Middle School (KS)
Maribeth Luftglass, Assistant Superintendent and Chief Information Officer, Fairfax County Public Schools (VA)

The Alliance for Excellent Education held the seventh in its series of webinars for Project 24. This webinar looked at the role of ongoing professional learning for staff that can build the capacity to implement powerful personalized learning environments that prepare all students for college and a career.

Every school leader knows about the district that bought the expensive devices, which then sat unwrapped on shelves because of a failure to invest in quality professional development. In this webinar, the Project 24 panel of experts will share their lessons learned on how to integrate and embed powerful professional learning experiences for all teachers and staff. Michael King explained how quality professional development plays a role in his school.Maribeth Luftglass shared lessons learned from a large-scale technology deployment, and Jennifer Barnettshared her perspective on what it takes to create an environment where teachers are empowered, collaborative learners.

The experts also discussed the importance of having a wide range of opportunities for professional learning, as well as how to incorporate research-based strategies; make the most of peer-to-peer learning; and make professional development more goal oriented. Melinda George, vice president and chief operating officer of NCTAF, moderated the discussion.

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century.
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An initiative of the Alliance for Excellent Education, Project 24 is an urgent call to action on the need for systemic planning around the effective use of technology and digital learning to achieve the goal of career and college readiness for all students. It is a one-stop shop of comprehensive district-level planning tools, expert advice, creative ideas, and tangible suggestions from experienced education experts and nonprofit education membership organizations.
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