I just got back from Philadelphia where I attended and was a part of PLPLive. I met many of the amazing people who supported me and our team last year during our year with Powerful Learning Practice. Meeting them face to face felt like re-connecting with old friends! We picked up where we had left off and continued the conversation as though there had been no break. The timing of this event was perfect for me as it brought PLP right back to the forefront of my thinking. The keynote speakers solidified that with their astute and important messages. It was an amazing experience and caused me to reflect back often on the last year. Many asked how I was connected to PLP. Here’s my story:
Last year we had a team of teachers, plus myself and one administrator, participate in the year-long PLP journey. Our action research project focused on building our PLNs and getting connected. As a result of this work, those 5 teachers and I are all feeling more connected and seeing the impact on our teaching and on our work with students.
Over the summer, another PLPeep from my school and I each taught courses to our colleagues. The content of those courses was directly related to what we gained from our PLP experience. Now there are 20 additional teachers on the road to getting connected, blogging with students, sharing with a larger audience, and more.
This year, it our administrators decided that in our district that each grade span (K-2, 3-4, 5-8) would have a larger technology focus for the year. Two of the three groups have met and have decided that publishing and sharing work with a larger audience will be their goals. I meet with one more group tomorrow. BUT, our administrators have also dedicated themselves to pursuing a tech goal for this year. Their goal: “Develop our PLN (Personnel Learning Network) to improve our ability to collaborate and connect with other educators in order to grow professionally and improve education for our students. ”
I believe that our work with PLP was a catalyst for much of this work and the change that has already taken place, let alone the change ahead.
My next steps? Support these endeavors. Explore the idea of the Connected Coaching course offered by PLP. Work to see how we can bring PLP back to Vermont for other schools and districts. Be powerful.