Throughout the past few weeks, I have studied the importance of providing collaborative, engaging, authentic, and ongoing professional learning in my Lamar University Course, Developing Effective Professional Learning, EDLD 5389. I have worked in Professional Development for over 10 years now and have always prided myself on not conducting those “boring” sit-and-get sessions that teachers dread. However this course reinforced that the work I need to do to prepare for my training classes should be more focused on the outcomes and goals rather than how I can entertain my attendees (Mind blown!). Michelle Richey and I worked very closely this term creating our PL presentations, outlines and timelines. It was so interesting to have Michelle’s perspective as well because her gifts are completely different yet completely compliment mine. I am so proud of what we created – and each one of us was able to tweak it ever so slightly to make accommodations to our specific audience, topic and situation. My LU small learning community (not really that small – Michelle R., Maria R., Danielle P., Lindsay H., Avery N., Lindsey W., Aliscia D. and myself) also supported me through this term. We met once a week via zoom but mainly communicated 24/7 on Group Me as we provided guidance, brainstormed options, critiqued, clarified and provided feed-forward feedback on the various steps of our individual projects. This PL course enabled me to completely immerse myself in the professional learning process – looking at the training from a broad aspect right down to the details including forms, handouts and resources. I focused on the 5 key principles – ongoing support, PL over time, active strategies and applications, modeling and mentoring and authenticity – and am so proud of the results (see my Alternate PL page). I should state that Fink’s 3-column table (and the BHAG) is a general overview of what I want to accomplish through this PL process. It does not completely describe or persuade my audience to the full scope of my ultimate plan. Day 1 of full group professional learning in August is like the appetizer before the main meal. I am trying to prime my intended audience, appeal to their hearts and also stir their interest in moving to a CSLE + COVA environment. Knowing my audience has been key as I believe this is the best backdoor way to implement lasting and significant change. I can communicate and tell stories within the upcoming professional learning opportunities that will build upon this foundation and desire to do better. This call to action is really the first real step I have been able to take in the move to work with staff on incorporating blended learning into their classrooms. The focus thus far has been my innovation plan with students – which will also lend itself to the modeling aspect as I will be walking the walk and talking the talk. And leading by example. Sharing, collaborating, dissecting, tweaking, improving and learning alongside my peers – not as the front of the room trainer with the clicker and all the answers I must say that now that we are halfway completed with our Masters Program, these 2 classes (5313 and 5389) were by far my very favorite. Both courses worked together so well and reignited my passion for professional learning with my “teacher” learners and I just needed to be reminded that I produce my best work when I am invested and passionate! Side note, I have already approached my now departed assistant superintendent in regards to creating a Professional Learning Project Manager side gig as I expect this vision to manifest into something BIG!