Can we Personalize Professional Development?
I attended EducampPhilly this past weekend, and held a session about whether differentiated instruction/personalized learning was a viable model for professional development, and to hear from teachers on what they thought were the problems or barriers to implementing this model.
On the whole, it seemed to be something the teachers in the room and the one administrator in the room seemed to think held some promise.
I wrote a blog post about this over at our differentiated instruction blog about the possibilities of using differentiated and personalized learning, and especially a project-based learning mode, as a model for more engaging, useful and interesting professional development. I would love to hear what you think, including how you think something like this might play out in your district.
Could this model meet more professional development needs? What barriers are there to having teachers create their own individualized learning plans? How could accountability be measured? How could administrators and tech staff, for example, support this?
Is this just a utopian (edutopian?) dream?