• Big Spring School District

    Flexible Professional Learning

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    Who is required to submit a plan?

    How do I determine what flexible professional learning activity is best for me?

    What are some examples of flexible learning activities?

    Can I work in a group to complete my flexible professional learning?

    What will happen if I do not meet the flexible professional learning requirements?

    What if I find an activity (i.e. workshop, conference) but there isn’t time to get it pre-approved?

    When is my evidence due and why is it so important to BSSD Flexible Learning Model?

     

    Who is required to submit a plan?

    ALL professional staff are required to submit an individual plan by the deadline communicated each year.

     

    How do I determine what flexible professional learning activity is best for me?

    Flexible professional learning is all about providing staff with choice in their professional learning. To help guide you in this reflection, some questions to consider include:

    • What instructional areas do you want to improve upon in your daily activities?
    • How do you currently utilize data to inform instruction and what does your data tell you? Where do your students struggle, how can you instructionally improve? If you have no data, how/where can you collect data to inform instruction?
    • How is technology integrated in your classroom? Does it allow you to redefine teaching and learning? (Think about SAMR) Does it encourage student collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity?
    • Consider the Danielson domains; is there a component you want to focus on improving?

     

    What are some example flexible learning activities?

    • Build upon, improve or add new learning activities to your teaching toolbox. (i.e. formative assessment, tech tools, 4Cs strategies, etc.)
    • Develop or refine learning activities to reflect student choice and voice and/or performance-based learning (i.e. PBL, performance tasks, etc.)
    • Build personal technology skills to integrate with existing/new lessons to personalize or differentiate learning activities (i.e. flipped learning, screencasting, google suite)
    • Work with colleagues on a building Focus Team to research, develop and implement strategies that will move the building forward
    • Build expertise in your content area and inform/improve curriculum via the curriculum revision process
    • Build expertise in your content area and apply learning to new/improved/expanded learning activities
    • Collaborating in a PLC or small group on a specific topic/focus area.
    • Attending a conference, workshop or training and apply your learning to show professional growth

     

    Can I work in a group to complete my flexible professional learning?

    Yes, professional collaboration is a pillar of the BSSD Strategic Plan and emphasis moving forward, thus collaborative professional learning is encouraged. All staff members will need to submit an individual learning plan and evidence of learning; however, the same action plan and learning outcomes may be utilized and shared within the group.

     

    What will happen if I do not meet the flexible professional learning requirements?

    Flexible learning is a professional responsibility of all Big Spring staff. If learning expectations and deadlines are not met as communicated annually by administration it will impact the staff member’s overall evaluation and may result in a day without pay.

     

    What if I find an activity (i.e. workshop, conference) but there isn’t time to get it pre-approved?

    Part of professional responsibly is proactively identifying learning goals, developing a plan and building capacity as a professional. If you identify a learning activity, but there is not enough time to have it pre-approved via the three-tier process, staff may complete the learning activity and submit it for retroactive approval. This is at the risk of the staff member, as approval is not guaranteed and given in every circumstance. Utilization of the professional learning rubric can help guide staff in making this determination.

     

    When is my evidence due and why is it so important to BSSD Flexible Learning Model?

    Professional learning models typically are criticized for their lack of application to the classroom; however, we know the opportunity to apply learning is key for staff to grow and develop as professionals. Staff members are required to submit evidence of learning via PD Planner after they have demonstrated application of their learning as proposed in the pre-approval form.

     

    For additional questions, please contact your building principal, a PD/Wellness Committee member or the Office of Curriculum & Instruction at ext. 2403.