In the era of high stakes testing, increased pressure has schools pressing to deliver optimal professional development to meet the demands of postsecondary readiness and keep teachers abreast of the latest educational trends. Sadly, after reviewing numerous studies on professional development, it is clear that administering successful professional development is not easy, but, it can be done. In order to ensure the successful implementation of course websites in Dickinson ISD we will need focused, well-delivered professional development to educate and develop teachers in how to build and use course websites. To learn more about course websites and the delivery of professional development, please click the link below.
Course websites are the single greatest tool I have come across as an educator. They serve as a collection for all your curriculum and technology tool needs, helping teachers connect students, parents and the community to the classroom. In this post I detail the required steps to successfully implement course websites in Dickinson ISD. The ideas presented here follow the 5 Principle of Professional Learning found in Gulamhussein’s Teaching the Teachers: Effective Professional Development in an Era of High Stakes Accountability, a research study on the successful implementation of professional development. In addition to this, we will also be focusing on strengthening personal relationships in an effort to increase accountability and better our school work environment. It is my hope that by focusing on our personal relationships and filtering these through the 5 Principles of Professional Development, we will be able to implement course websites faster and with less complications.
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