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Professional Development: “Design on A Dime”. November 2, 2013 10:45 – 11:35 Session S155 Grand C/D . Laurice Garrett , Sabine Eggleston, JoAnn Lewin Edison State College Ft. Myers, Florida. Our home institution:. We are soon to be: Florida SouthWestern State College.

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Professional development design on a dime

Professional Development:“Design on A Dime”

November 2, 2013 10:45 – 11:35Session S155

Grand C/D

Laurice Garrett, Sabine Eggleston, JoAnn LewinEdison State College Ft. Myers, Florida


Our home institution:

We are soon to be: Florida SouthWestern State College


Edison state college
Edison State College

  • Served 24,034 students 2011-2012

  • Serves five counties

  • Three campus locations and

    one regional center

  • Programs: 17 Associate and 10 Bachelors Degrees


The west point experience
The West PointExperience


Our professional development design on a dime involves four main focus areas
Our Professional Development “Design on a Dime” involves four main focus areas:

  • A Community of Best Practices

  • Adjunct Training and Development

  • Peer Observations

  • An Online Repository for Ideas and a Place for Discussions



What is a community of best practices
What is a Community of Best Practices?


Groups of educators who come together voluntarily at least once a month. Group members are committed to improving their practice through collaborative learning (National School Reform Faculty, 2010).


A venue for “open sharing” and collegial conversations among professionals without fear of judgment or negative criticism (Spanneut, 2010).


An opportunity to “have among professionals robust conversations about improving teaching and learning that … ultimately lead to improved student learning” (Yendol-Hoppey & Fictmen Dana, 2010, p. 118).



  • Reduction in isolation of teachers. among professionals

  • Higher likelihood that teachers will be well informed, professionally renewed, and inspired to inspire students.

  • Commitment to making significant and lasting changes.



  • (Some of the items are adapted from Hord, 1997)


Logistical issues
Logistical Issues teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.

  • Advertising

  • How often do you meet?

  • How to disseminate the information from each session


Round table discussions
Round table teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.discussions


Agreements
Agreements teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.

  • Begin promptly.

  • Limit the time we meet to strictly one hour.

  • Only respectful behavior is allowed.How can we learn from each other if we go in with closed minds? If necessary, we must learn how to agreeably disagree.


We primarily concentrate on topics in each of these three areas
We primarily concentrate teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.on topics in each of these three areas:

  • Pedagogy/Teaching Practices

  • Math Topics

  • Technology


Pedagogy teaching practices examples of topics covered
Pedagogy/Teaching Practices teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.examples of topics covered


  • Learning Styles of Students teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.

  • Engaging students

  • Difficult/controversial topics

  • Attendance

  • Grading policies/Assessment

  • Group work


Math topics examples of topics covered
Math Topics - teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.examples of topics covered

  • Factoring

  • Rational Functions & Their Graphs

  • Logarithms


College prep faculty compares notes on mixture problems
College Prep teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.Faculty Compares Notes on Mixture Problems


Technology examples of topics covered
Technology – teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.examples of topics covered

  • Use of classroom equipment, such as doc cams, SMART products, clickers

  • Effective use of calculators

  • How to post notes

  • How to use online resources


Sign In Sheet Used to Register Participants teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.


Example of a certificate issued for Professional Development teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.


How do we assess our effectiveness in Community of Practice? teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.


The best things about our community of best practices
The Best Things about Our teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.Community of Best Practices

  • Collegiality

  • Safe place to discuss areas of concern

  • Sharing

  • Professional Development


Issues and concerns
Issues and Concerns: teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.

  • Involvement of adjuncts

  • Keeping it “fresh”

  • Logistics


Adjunct training and development
Adjunct Training and Development teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.


Why create an teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations. Adjunct Training?

  • Smoother beginning of the semester

  • Lends consistency of instruction between full time instructors & adjuncts

  • Allows for greater collegiality


When do you hold an teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.adjunct training?

  • Before the beginning of the semester-- Approximately 2 hours for each module, on a Saturday

  • During the semester around midterm-- An evening for about 1 hour


The Modules for the Training teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.

  • Course Specific

    • Syllabi

    • Calculators

    • Expectations

    • Final Exam


The Modules for the Training teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.

  • Classroom Technology

    • SMART board/ Smart Notebook

    • SmartView (calculator)


The Modules for the Training teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.

  • Classroom Technology

    • Sympodium

    • Document Camera


The Modules for the Training teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.

  • Technology & Homework Delivery System

    • Features of the homework delivery system

    • Calculator features


The Modules for the Training teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.

  • Course Administration

    • Attendance verification

    • Record keeping

    • Management system tools


Payment teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations. for Completion

$50 per module for adjuncts

“College Service” for Faculty presenting


Example of a certificate issued for College Service teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.


What worked well? teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.

  • Adjuncts feel included

  • Better prepared to start semester

  • Opportunity to share material and knowledge

  • Great collegiality

  • Contact person(s) throughout the semester


Plans for the Future teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.

  • Each campus offering?

  • Single day option?

  • Evening option?

  • Webinar option?

  • Funding?


Peer observations
Peer Observations teachers teach and the roles that play in helping all students achieve expectations.


  • Suggested by one faculty member but not well-received by department members prior to our West Point experience

  • After West Point, the idea was reintroduced to the Math Department but not included in unit plan until 2011-12

  • Original Goal: 60% of all Math faculty (fulltime and adjunct) would participate


  • People liked the idea, in theory. department members prior to our West Point experience

  • They were concerned about what would happen with documentation from the observations (i.e. – could the results from the observations adversely affect evaluation…who would see the documentation?).



First forms
First “Forms” complete the documentation.

  • Collected more detailed information

  • Required signature of both participants

  • Required feedback from both participants


2011 12 results
2011-12 Results complete the documentation.

  • 45.6% of fulltime faculty participated*

  • 12.5% of adjunct faculty participated*

  • 27.9% of all math department faculty participated*

    *A faculty member was counted as a participant if (s)he observed another faculty member or was observed by another faculty member AND documentation was submitted


Adjustments for the second year
Adjustments for the Second Year complete the documentation.

  • The documentation form was condensed down from three pages to one page

  • Faculty were provided with an open/closed list in Excel so that they could search by course, by campus, by time, or by instructor to arrange for visitations

  • Reminders were sent to faculty encouraging participation



Samples from Completed Reports they had seen when they did observations


2012 13 results
2012-13 Results they had seen when they did observations

  • 57.9% of fulltime math department faculty participated

  • 31.4% of all faculty teaching at least one college credit math class participated


What is the future of peer observation
What is the Future of Peer Observation? they had seen when they did observations


2013 14
2013-14 they had seen when they did observations

  • The department once again endorsed including peer observation in the unit plan

  • No changes have been made to the reporting formBUT…



From this fall
From this fall... instruction has shifted to the department chair and fulltime instructors

  • Congratulations! You are the first to submit an observation report. I'm sure there should be an award for this. I just don't know what it is yet!Thanks for your participation in this program.JoAnn

  • JoAnn,I received my reward by observing another professional...and the discussion we had afterward!I helped her with some things since it is her first time teaching this course...so we BOTH benefited.



We are in the process of creating an online repository of ideas and a discussion space. It is currently housed in Canvas, our online platform.


It includes sections for
It Includes Sections for… ideas and a discussion space. It is currently housed in Canvas, our online platform.

  • Course resources

  • Notes from Community of Practice

  • List of Professional Development Opportunities

  • Discussion Boards.


References ideas and a discussion space. It is currently housed in Canvas, our online platform.

Hord, S. (1997) Professional Learning Communities: Communities of Continuous Inquiry and Improvement. Southwest Educational Development Laboratory

National School Reform Faculty www.nsrfharmony.org

Spanneut, G. Professional Learning Communities, Principals, and Collegial Conversations. Kappa Delta Pit Record v. 16 no. 3 (Spring 2010) p. 100 -3

Yendol-Hoppey, D. & Fichtman, Dana, N. (2010) Professional Development: Building Expertise Within the Four Walls of Your School. Thousand Oaks, CA.: Sage.

http://www.csun.edu/~hcmth014/comicfiles/allcomics.html


Thanks for coming! ideas and a discussion space. It is currently housed in Canvas, our online platform.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions and/or comments.

Laurice Garrett [email protected] Sabine Eggleston [email protected] JoAnn Lewin [email protected]

Edison State College

8099 College Parkway

Ft. Myers, FL 33906


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