So in the district's quest to become blended, we brought in Chalkable to do some i21Zone training. This training not only gave our teachers tons of new tools, but the model of professional development is AMAZING!!!
Here it is in a nutshell - The trainer models tools with a class while the teachers observe (the trainer has already been in contact with one of the teachers to know what topics to prepare). The trainer then talks about the different tools that were modeled and may even demonstrate some more tools using the teachers as students. For the full day training we usually broke for lunch about then, which who are we kidding-teachers eating off campus is HUGE. For the rest of the afternoon the trainer helped the teachers develop activities or tools that they would use in their class the next day or two. Now the next couple of days the trainer goes into the classrooms and helps the teachers implement the activities. Having support in the room.. yeah that was really big. Then a couple of weeks later the trainer comes back and meets with the teacher for follow-up.
I can't wait to duplicate this process.