The Framework for Professional Learning at HOBY…..A Preview

  • Here is how I plan to use the five principles of effective PD in implementation in my organization:
    • Duration -We will have a professional learning program that will begin at the training institute and will continue with monthly meetings for one seminar year
    • Support– Our staff will have a chance to collaborate and communicate with each other through the question and answer period at the training institute and through discussion boards and conference calls with monthly meetings
    • Engage – The training institute will provide the new framework as to how our staff training will be different; this is our chance to “set the tone” for the course after the training
    • Modeling – HOBY seminar staff will serve as students as the instructor gives an “example lesson” at the training institute
    • Specific – This PL will be specific for HOBY administrative staff at all of our local seminar site


  • How can we foster a spirit of collaboration at HOBY?
    • We will use Blackboard and ActiveCollab to tie all of the lessons together with various discussion boards and assignments for completion
    • Samepage collaboration software could be used to tie in all of the ActiveCollab programs to allow each seminar site to effectively manage and compare their progress with others
  • Who will lead the various components of professional learning at HOBY?
    • These leadership roles will transition from the instructor to the seminar volunteers who are learning the new program
    • The instructor at the training institute will lead the first meeting and will play the lead role in the modeling session
    • The seminar staff will have the responsibility to take charge of their own learning by doing the various assignments, discussions boards, and monthly meetings
    • After the senior seminar staff have been trained, the instructor will serve as a “learning advisor” to the seminar sites


  • Who is our audience and their needs?
    • Seminar administrative staff and Active Collab coordinators – all seminar staff nee support for their roles
    • Other staff—to include facilitators or substitute volunteers who may require training
    • This training will apply to all of HOBY’s seminar sites
  • BHAG: Big, Hairy Audacious Goal
    • Learners will implement a blended learning training program in their seminar sites.
Learning Goals Learning Activities Assessment Activities
Meeting 1—Learners will understand the need for blended learning in seminar operations Discussion and videos about integrating staff training with blended learning


Walk and Talk: constructivism through blended learning at HOBY

Discussion Board online: how can “flipped” learning help our seminar
Meeting 2—Learners will begin to design blended learning systems for their seminar staff training Showcase lesson of staff training and begin writing plan


Discussion: blended learning in staff training


Seminar staff will be measured on their design for blended learning
Meeting 3—Learners will use the growth mindset and discussions to collaborate about their seminar technology training Video: Peter Gray


Presentation: Dr. Carol Dweck


Discussion: Why is having a growth mindset important to HOBY staff training?

Create an infographic: How will you foster the growth mindset in your seminar training?
Meeting 4—Learners will use digital tools to create digital lessons for their seminar sites Information about digital tools


Discussion: How to use digital tools at HOBY through staff development


Learners look for the resources that they think will be the most valuable for their site

Design an activity or lesson that uses a digital tool in a new fashion
Meeting 5—Learners will design assessments to use in their training programs Video: before and after assessments in a “flipped” classroom with staff training


Discussion: using digital tools in a “flipped” staff training


Learners will design an assessment mechanism for their seminar site using these digital tools

Learners will be assessed on their before and after assessments designed for their seminar staff training
  • What is our schedule looking like?
    • Month 1 of seminar year—Meeting 1
    • Month 3 of seminar year – Meeting 2
    • Month 5 of seminar year – Meeting 3
    • Month 7 of seminar year – Meeting 4
    • Month 8 of seminar year – Meeting 5
      • This PL will take place over a seminar year, which is normally 8 to 10 months
      • The meetings will begin in the first month after TI, then continue every other month, later every month around the seminar season
  • Resources needed
    • Physical resources – Laptop computer for instructor, digital projector, tablet for each learner, possible video recorders for seminar group learners
    • Digital resources—Blackboard, ActiveCollab, Samepage, YouTube


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