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Power Up Blended Learning : A Professional Learning Infrastructure to Support Sustainable Change - Catlin R. Tucker

Power Up Blended Learning

A Professional Learning Infrastructure to Support Sustainable Change

Paperback Published: 6th February 2019
ISBN: 9781506396767
Number Of Pages: 192

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Take Blended Learning to the Next Level by Building an Effective Professional Learning Community! Technology is permeating classrooms and offering teachers and students opportunities to reimagine teaching and learning. Many schools and districts are shifting from traditional teacher-led instruction to blended learning with the goal of placing students at the center of learning. It's time to power up your approach to professional learning to ensure teachers feel inspired and supported as they make this shift and embrace technology. This book provides an effective and actionable framework for school leaders looking to implement a long-term professional learning plan that extends professional development beyond a handful of days each year to create "coaching culture" that supports teachers as they move toward blended learning. Blended Learning expert Catlin Tucker provides a clear path for professional learning that is embedded in the school's culture, blending targeted training (the "spark"), 1:1 coaching, and professional learning communities. This comprehensive approach to professional learning ensures that teachers in a blended environment work continually to improve learning outcomes for students, stay up-to-date on current technology, and learn with their colleagues. This text is full of concrete resources and strategies for leaders and blended learning coaches. It includes Coaching protocols Templates for feedback Lesson planning resources for designing blended lessons Rubrics for evaluation Stories and tips from blended learning coaches Vignettes from teachers who have successfully shifted to a blended learning model Reflection questions for leading book studies This book provides the tools and tips you'll need to support teachers as they move toward blended learning. From articulating the why behind a shift to blended learning, to creating and implementing an actionable roadmap for building a professional learning infrastructure, this must-have resource will take your PD plans to the next level!

Industry Reviews

"Excellent resource that includes tools one can use when implementing a blended learning model. It clearly explains the role of a blended learning coach when it comes to professional development. Tucker emphasizes the opportunity to improve one's practice through coaching and a Professional Learning Community." -- Craig Yen, 5th Grade Teacher
"There is an urgent need to empower and support teachers through the implementation of digital tools and blended instructional models. In Power Up Blended Learning, Catlin provides instructional leaders and coaches with the essential roadmap to develop internal structures of support within their schools. The time for teacher transformation is now, and this is the book to lead it!" -- Tiffany Wycoff, Co-Author of Blended Learning in Action

"Technology can be transformative, but teachers need support to ensure technology is actually improving instruction. Catlin Tucker provides a clear vision for building a professional learning infrastructure to support teachers as they shift to blended learning and use technology thoughtfully and strategically. If school districts are not dedicated to helping teachers continue to learn and experiment, schools will remain out of step with the changes happening beyond the classroom."

-- Alice Keeler, Math Teacher, Google Certified Innovator, and Microsoft Innovative Educator

"Catlin has provided a critical 'spark' in the blended learning conversation, shifting the focus from technology to culture transformation through ongoing teacher PD and support. As she has in her previous books, Catlin continues to offer practical strategies for high-fidelity implementation of blended practices, this time gifting instructional leaders with essential tools for guiding their professional learning communities."

-- Jason Green, Co-Author of Blended Learning in Action

"In Power Up Blended Learning: A Professional Learning Infrastructure to Support Sustainable Change, author Catlin Tucker succinctly presents multiple options for blended learning professional development with a focus on coaching. Through the coaching lens, Tucker offers a clear explanation of the 'what,' a compelling rationale for the 'why,' and tangible guidelines for the 'how' of professional learning for blended learning. This book is an extremely valuable resource for any person or organization looking to grow their individual or collective capacity and implement blended learning successfully."

-- Lisa Westman, Speaker, Consultant and Author of Student-Driven Differentiation: 8 Steps to Harmonize Learning in the Classroom

"Throughout this book, I found myself (as both a middle school teacher and as an instructional coach) saying, 'Yes!' My copy is peppered already with stars in the margins and graphics circled for future reflection. Power Up Blended Learning is not just for those who are coaching teachers. It's also for teachers looking for strategies in how to coach students. After all, giving engaging feedback that 'sticks' is a responsibility that every educator has, and sharing engaging strategies and tools is a skill that is continuously evolving. This is an up-to-date and forward-thinking resource for both teachers and coaches."

-- Heather Wolpert-Gawron, 8th Grade Teacher * San Gabriel, CA *

Preface
Chapter 1: Articulate the WHY
Introduction
WHY Blended Learning?
Getting Teachers Onboard with the WHY
The How: Best Practices
The What: Branding the Shift to Blended Learning
8 Ways to Strengthen Your School Community
Wrap Up
Book Study Questions
Chapter 2: A Roadmap for Building a Professional Learning Infrastructure
Introduction
Blended Learning Demands a New Approach to Professional Learning
Professional Development: Defining the Scope
The Spark: Establish the Why
Blended Learning Coaches: Support the How
Professional Learning Communities: Develop and Refine the What
The Spark: Onsite Targeted Training Led by an Expert
1:1 Coaching
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
Wrap Up
Book Study Questions
Chapter 3: Blended Learning Requires Effective Professional Development
Introduction
Traditional Professional Development is Largely Ineffective
Elements of Effective Professional Development
Professional Development Must be Ongoing
Professional Development Should be Specific to a Teacher's Subject Area and Grade Level
Professional Development Should Employ the Strategies It Advocates
Professional Development Should Be Practice-based
The Spark
Leaders Must Lean In
Wrap Up
Book Study Questions
Chapter 4: The Blended Learning Coach
Introduction
Coaching in a Blended Learning Context
Elements of Effective Coaching
Blended Learning Coaches Continue the Learning
Redefining Teacher and Student Roles in a Blended Learning Environment
A Quick Review of Blended Learning Models
Rotation Models
Flex Model
A la Carte
Enriched Virtual
Blended Learning: Establish a Clear Plan
Challenges Facing the Creation of a Coaching Culture
Wrap Up
Book Study Questions
Chapter 5: Coaching-Initial Conversation & Goal Setting
Introduction
The Power of Dialogic Interviews
S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting
Goals Should Be Specific
Goals Should Be Measurable
Goals Should Be Attainable
Goals Should Be Relevant
Goals Should be Timely
Wrap Up
Book Study Questions
Chapter 6: Coaching-Initial Observation & Debrief
Introduction
Coaching Must be a Partnership
What's the Goal of the Initial Observation?
Communicating with Students
The Debrief
Revisit S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Wrap Up
Book Study Questions
Chapter 7: Coaching-Co-lesson Planning
Introduction
Communicate with the Teacher Ahead of Time
Meet Outside of the Classroom
Identify the Goals
Keep the Lesson Manageable: Think Big, Start Small
Provide Templates to Help Teachers Design Blended Lessons
Reflect on the Role of Technology in the Lesson
Dealing with Details
Grouping Students
Cues
Timing
Homework
Wrap Up
Book Study Questions
Chapter 8: Coaching-Real Time Coaching
Introduction
Pre-lesson Chat: Review Lesson and Establish Norms for Real-Time Coaching
Real-Time Coaching: Pause-Discuss-Adjust
Document the Parts of the Lesson
Written Feedback Using a Blended Learning Rubric
Wrap Up
Book Study Questions
Chapter 9: Coaching-Model Lessons & Co-Teach
Introduction
Designing and Teaching a Model Lesson
Model Lesson Checklist
Identify the Objectives of the Lesson
Reference Grade-level Standards
Select a Blended Learning Model
Create a Clear Path
Decide on Deliverables
Design a "Next Stepsa
Share the Lesson
Co-Teaching
Co-teaching Alleviates the Teacher's Fear of Change
Co-teaching Provides Support as Teachers Apply New Technical Skills
Wrap Up
Book Study Questions
Chapter 10: Coaching-Reflecting, Revisiting, and Refining
Introduction
Dedicating Time, Energy, and Space to Reflection
Becoming a Reflective Practitioner
Making Time for Solitary Reflection
Becoming a Perpetual Problem Solver
Questioning the Status Quo
Reflect Using Documentation
Using Digital Tools to Reflect
Revisit S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Next Steps: Developing an Action Plan
Wrap Up
Book Study Questions
Chapter 11: Virtual Coaching
Introduction
Real-time Coaching: Challenges of Scale
Blended Offline and Online Coaching in Large Districts
Virtual Spin on the Coaching Cycle
Technology Toolbox for Virtual Coaching
Staying Organized with Google Calendar
Wrap Up
Book Study Questions
Chapter 12: Professional Learning Communities
Introduction
What is a Professional Learning Community?
The PLC Process
Gather Evidence
Develop Strategies
Implement Strategies
Analyze the Impact
Apply New Knowledge
Organizing the Teacher Teams Within a PLC
Wrap Up
Book Study Questions

ISBN: 9781506396767
ISBN-10: 1506396763
Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 6th February 2019
Publisher: CORWIN PR INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 1.14
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1

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