Professional Development

Design 2015 Professional Development Strands: 7 Pathways

Throughout spring 2013, many teachers and school administrators participated in coursework designed to enhance the success of the Design 2015 grants. Course offerings focused on "7 Pathways" to our Lifelong-Learner Competencies. Collectively, these 7 Pathways move students from where they are to where we, as a division, expect them to be:

Choice & Comfort – Amplifying the 4 Cs

In this workshop we explored how choice and comfort amplify the 4Cs (Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication and Collaboration). Choice and comfort drive productivity and imagination. We explored and designed ways to provide students with choices that matter in physically and emotionally comfortable learning spaces.

Why Connectivity Is Essential in Every Learning Space

This workshop series was designed for teachers and principals to explore the benefits of connected learning. Participants developed a personal learning network and published reflections, work, and other artifacts that contribute to this network. From utilizing global expertise to shared problem-solving, from peer-to-peer teaching across distance and cultures to multi-site projects, from crowdsourcing questions to writing for authentic audiences, we explored both the "how to" and the power of the connected classroom.

Designing the Learning for Every Student (Differentiation/Universal Design for Learning)

This workshop series was designed so that teachers and principals would examine the fundamentals of differentiation and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the context of student ownership of content, skills, and strategies for learning. Differentiation and UDL offer paths to success for every student, while embracing our diverse and democratic future. We looked at the best routes to authentic learning while exploring the range of design choices which move from teacher hands to student hands. We looked at how to assess student needs and competencies in the classroom designed for all learners.

"Maybe It Is About the Tools ..." Instructional Tolerance in the Digital/Comfortable Learning Space

This workshop series was designed for teachers and principals to upgrade current rules, procedures, protocols, and practices constructed during the industrial age to ones more appropriate to the promise of and expectation for connected, personalized learning in the information age. We explored why and how to lead the contemporary classroom, in which BYOD and Tool Cribs, differentiated devices, divided attention, open scheduling, and flexible furniture are essential tools for life, learning, and work.

Interactive Technology

This workshop series was designed so that teachers and principals could explore a wide variety of tools available to connect students to content, experiences, and the world while developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for them to choose tools appropriate for the individual and the task. We built strategies and protocols for resource management and access to a variety of contemporary learning tools within class structures that empower students to actively construct understanding.

The Maker-Infused Curriculum – Making as Essential to All Learning

This workshop series was designed so that teachers and principals could explore the why and the how of the Maker-infused Curriculum and the Maker Culture, how it spans curricular areas, crosses age and development levels, and brings diverse student interests together to create powerful learning experiences that are simply not available through traditional instruction. Focus groups formed around specific platforms for making; e.g., engineering, design thinking, music and video production, digital fabrication, coding, writing as making, etc.

Project-Based Learning – Passion-Based Learning

​This workshop series was designed to investigate how to bring the curriculum alive through projects where student choices, student passions, and student creativity are essential parts of the learning process. We developed in-depth, comprehensive knowledge of project-based curriculum, assessment, and instruction that is authentic and personal.

Albemarle County educators have ongoing opportunities to participate in numerous professional development workshops. For an updated list of all professional development offerings and opportunities, visit the Albemarle Resource Center's Professional Development website.