Changing teacher beliefs and attitudes is at the core of professional development, according to Guskey's Model of Teacher Change. When educators see evidence of improvement in student learning after implementing learned classroom practices, they are more likely to be motivated to change their beliefs and attitudes. In other words, professional development itself doesn't lead to new attitudes, but rather the results of implementing the learned topics and concepts and seeing a change in student learning changes educator beliefs and attitudes. High-quality professional development builds learning experiences that support the educator throughout this cycle and is important in leading to those crucial attitude changes.
What does high-quality professional development look like? In Ohio, the research-based Ohio Professional Development Standards and ESSA's criteria are clear indicators of what should be included.
These standards support schools and districts in the implementation of strong professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for students. For example, professional development that occurs in learning communities is sustained and impactful as teachers share the responsibility for student success.
ESSA's definition of high-quality professional development provides schools and districts with clear criteria that are aligned to standards and are essential for helping students learn. You can learn more about High-quality Professional Development by taking the Ohio Department of Education's online class. Participants in this free class will learn more about Guskey's research, adult learning theory, the Ohio Standards for Professional Development and ESSA's criteria.
High-quality professional development doesn't have to happen during the school year only. Educators can learn all year long, engaging in sustained, self-directed professional development that is data-driven and affects student outcomes, and ultimately changes beliefs and attitudes. According to the Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) Fact Sheet No. 11: Adult Learning Theories, educators with confidence and internal motivation who have access to resources are excellent candidates for self-directed learning. This informal process takes place outside of a traditional classroom and the learner gets to make decisions about content, methods, resources, and even evaluation. When formal learning is not an option, consider following these guidelines from TEAL's fact sheet to set up your own self-study this summer:
INFOhio provides a variety of options for educators dedicated to discovering new, effective ways to teach. Whether using online classes, or building a reading list, INFOhio's professional development has something for everyone. INFOhio Campus provides self-directed learners with online classes and webinars to provide sustained and intensive professional development on using digital content in the classroom. Online classes are available in Learning Pathways, related collections on key topics for instruction:
Ages 3-5 Digital Content Learning Pathway - Take all five classes and earn ten contact hours. Learn about classroom-focused practices for using INFOhio's quality digital content with early learners.
K-5 Digital Content Learning Pathway - Nine classes provide participants with extensive knowledge of INFOhio's quality resources and best practices for reading digital text. Taking each class yields 20 contact hours.
6-12 Digital Content Learning Pathway - Take this pathway to learn more about using INFOhio's quality resources to teach inquiry in the classroom. Taking all nine classes will result in 20 contact hours for participants.
High-Quality Instructional Materials for Each Child Learning Pathway - This pathway is perfect for collaborative groups within buildings and districts who are searching for high-quality curriculum and supplemental materials. Participants will earn 20 contact hours once they have completed all seven classes.
In addition, these Teach With INFOhio blog posts also provide resources that can be used for high-quality, self-directed professional development as well.
To learn more about how to find research and best practice articles from professional publications, check out Summer Reading-Teacher Style. This blog will help you find the best reading material to support your self-directed learning plan. Better yet, it provides tips on how to share these articles, making collaboration a cinch.
Is your school or district looking for quality instructional materials to supplement your curriculum? Create a community of practice in Open Space groups. Share the Quality Instructional Materials blog series to find the best content to accelerate learning for each child. This sustained and intensive PD opportunity is perfect for learning communities and leaders to maximize student learning using quality digital content available at no cost.
Find the best webinars to support your self-directed learning goal in this blog post, Tune in for Bingeworthy, On-demand Viewing: Learn With INFOhio Webinars to Prep for Flipped, Blended, and Hybrid Learning. Each webinar curated in this post gives educators job-embedded and classroom-focused development to use in the coming school year. Pair the recordings that meet your needs with classes from our learning pathways and research and studies from professional publications to build your self-directed professional development.
This summer, whether working with a team or alone, you can trust INFOhio has professional development options to cultivate best practices to improve student learning. If the 2021-2022 school year is the one where you change your attitudes and beliefs, let INFOhio's self-directed learning options be the catalyst.
Share how INFOhio works for you! Tweet or post your summer learning and use #INFOhioworks to let others know the ways INFOhio supports teaching and learning in Ohio!