Personal View to Global View
Teachers meet in small 10-20 person work groups approximately five times per year. There was a wide variety of vision for the use of technology in schools from those working towards the aspirational goals of the 2016 ISTE Student Standards to others focused on keyboarding skills, educational games, or standard word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and the Internet.
Balancing a Wide Variety of Hardware and Software
Across the Archdiocese of Newark the 66 elementary and 29 high schools there is a vast difference in the capabilities and types of hardware and Internet speed/access. In 2015 few schools used Google Apps, Edmodo, or Microsoft OneDrive for student collaboration. The concept of blended learning was uncertain. Few teachers had heard of or attended an Edcamp. There was a need to bring the elementary schools to a common understanding of the landscape of educational technology as we headed to the 2020s.
Bringing High School Teachers Together
High school educators work much more independently with each school operating apart from the other secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Newark. The opportunity to talk with other teachers and educational technologists was look at as a positive extension to the curriculum mapping in math, English Language Arts, and science. Initial conversations were focused on blended learning and their "wish list" of skills for a technologically proficient freshman. The current focus is on graduation skills for high school seniors which will lead to holes in professional learning.
Through the use of Google Forms the teachers reflected on the workshops which assisted in developing the "look and feel" of workshops by the 2016-2017 school year.
When working with groups, a variety of options are explored to provide the tech integration specialist with a toolkit to work with teachers.
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These books have had an influence on how I've led the curriculum mapping process and have approached it through professional development.
My Good Reads Book List
Learning First, Technology Second by Liz Kolb
Art of Coaching by Elena Aguilar
Cognitive Coaching: Developing Self-Directed Leaders and Learners by Arthur L. Costa, Robert J. Garmston
Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less by Robert I. Sutton, Huggy Rao
Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement by Robert J. Marzano, Debra J. Pickering, Jane E. Pollock
Influencer : The Power to Change Anything by Kerry; Grenny, Joseph; Maxfield, David; Mcmillan, Ron; Switzler, Al Patterson
Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman, Greg Mckeown
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Getting Results with Curriculum Mapping by Heidi Hayes Jacobs
A Guide to Curriculum Mapping: Planning, Implementing, and Sustaining the Process by Janet A. Hale
Curriculum Mapping as Professional Development (http://www.ascd.org/publications/ctq/spring2003/Curriculum-Mapping-as-Professional-Development.aspx)
Teachers reflected on the New Jersey State Technology standards which are based on the 2007 ISTE Student Standards as well as the ISTE 2016 Student Standards as they developed the PK-12 Curriculum Core Maps. Each year's workshops are based on the ISTE Coaching and Teaching Standards.