A New Approach To Professional Development

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A few weeks ago, I went to my doctor (don’t worry, I’m all good!). In order to make an appointment with him, I had to go to a booking site, find a time slot that was open, book it and that was it! Over the next few days, the website stuck in my head; so flexible and convenient.

I thought, “Why doesn’t our district have one for  teachers!?” Because no one has thought about it! We offer a Help Desk system to our teachers when they have technical problems with technology. However, why don’t we offer them some kind of website where they can control their own training and professional development from within the district?

 

Booking Your Professional Development

Flexibility

In building our booking website, we were able to link our Google Calendar to the website. The time slots we create revolve around the openings in our calendar. That means that if anyone in the district needs training on technology, they simply go to the website, find a time slot that is flexible for them and is available in my calendar and just Book It! So simple! We have teachers around our district booking appointments without worry about being confined to any after school professional learning. If the slot is open during their planning period, they book it and we show up to do a training on any tech tool!

Convenience

The greatest thing about having this website is how convenient it is for both ends! We have a link in our district website that teachers simply click and swoosh, they’re there! They just find a technology training they want and book it! Teachers are busy people with a lot on their minds. Add training to the mix and things can get overwhelming. Having a booking site made one thing in their list (professional learning) easy as 1, 2, 3! Creating a booking site that offered technology training has been fantastic for our teachers since they are being evaluated even more on the use of technology in the classroom!

Control

Nothing is better than giving teachers control over their professional learning. If there is one reason why you should start this today, it should be this! Teachers love the fact that they can choose what they want to learn so they can bring it into the classroom! They want to learn something that is meaningful to them. They are just like students, they want control over their learning!

So, what are you waiting for? Bring change to the way professional learning happens in your district. Give teachers back control over their time and training by offering a professional learning booking site. The greatest thing about having this site is that as teachers complete these sessions, they get certificates that they use for their evaluation! Furthermore, they can also use the certificate to get C.E.U’s! It’s time you take your districts in-house professional learning sessions to another level! Here’s our booking site: albertgaleas.simplybook.me Check it out!

3 Comments

  1. Catherine

    May 30, 2014 at 3:48 am

    This is a fabulous idea. What did you use to create it. I am wanting a booking system for english teachers to book sets of books to use with their classes. Where do I even start? We aren’t GAFE yet either.

  2. Maria Jose

    June 1, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Agree with Catherine! Great idea. I would like to implement a system like this in my school!

    What tool are you using? Where can I find more information about this post? Can I see how it looks like?
    Who is in charge of the sessions? How did you start? What type of sessions are offered?
    Thank you!

  3. Vincent Fredericks

    June 10, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I think that this is a great idea. I would love to have something like this in my district. It would make it so much easier to get my professional development done before the end of the year. I would love to see more about this so I don’t have to sit through as many boring faculty meetings.

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