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EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership Bethany Beethe Warren

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Assistant Superintendent of
Deputy Superintendent-Patti Elementary Schools-Joyce
Kieker Wilson
Oversee and hold all departments Ensure that district is following appropriate
accountable for their assigned duties. procedures. Hold Technology Director
accoutable for implementing the Long-
Range Technology Plan.

Executive Director of
Technology-Sandra Hayes
Curriculum Director
Mangages all forms of technology
Assist teachers in implementing new throughout the entire district, including,
curriculum and provide all needed but not limited to the following:
resources. equipment, technology support on
campuses, implementation of technology
curriculum.

Principal-Pam Aitken Classroom Teacher


Holds teacher accountable for Trusted to implement all technology TEKS
implementation of technology TEKS in the into lesson plans. Attend professional
classroom. The principal also serves as the development sessions to futhur tenology
communcation liason for all stakeholders. skills.
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Professional Development Activity #1: Gathering, Analysis, and Use of Data from a Variety of Sources
Rationale: Through my week 3 assignment, it became clear that Forest Lane Academy is unclear of what the Texas STaR Chart,
how the data is used and can be used. Teachers’ lack of knowledge also effects their feedback that they give to the STaR chart, since
they have no idea what the questions they are answering mean or have to do with their school.

Learning Objective to Be Addressed: Teachers will learn about the Texas STaR (School Technology and Readiness) Chart, what
the data means, and how knowing the data can help guide their instruction.

Grade Level: Facilitator: Location: Professional Development Time Frame: Time Line for
K-6 Bethany Beethe Forest Lane 45 minutes implementation:
Warren Academy-RISD Teachers should
show knowledge
of this new
information by
the end of the 45
minute training.

Learner-
Centered Purpose Description Steps Estimated Time
Activity

Set the To get teachers I like to play 1. Have a playlist loop and play the entire time 5 minutes
atmosphere for a interested from the upbeat music as while everyone is making themselves
fun and engaging very beginning. everyone is comfortable.
professional walking in and 2. Provide snacks and a drink for everyone to
development have refreshments enjoy.
session for them to enjoy.

Teachers will To help teachers Have teachers 1. Put a small piece of paper and pencils on 5 minutes
write on a sheet gauge what write everything each table (enough for each person).
of paper what knowledge they have they know about 2. To start off the meeting, ask everyone to
they know about of STaR student. the Texas STaR write down anything and everything they
the Texas STaR Chart on a piece know about the Texas STaR Chart. Make
of paper. If they do
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Chart. not know anything teachers aware that if they do not know
about it, let them anything about it, they can write the word
know it is okay to “nothing” on their paper.
write down 3. Once everyone is finished (3-5 minutes)
“nothing.” take a poll of what everyone knew. Be sure
to clarify that it is perfectly fine if they do not
know anything about it, this is why we are
having this professional development.
Record the number of people who knew
nothing, 1 sentence, 2-3 sentences, and
more than 3 sentences. If they were honest,
there should be a large number of people
who did not know anything about the Texas
STaR Chart.

Present and Give teachers an Show PowerPoint 1. Show teachers the PowerPoint presentation 10 minutes
Explain overview of what the of the Texas STaR of the Texas STaR Chart.
PowerPoint Texas STaR Chart is Chart. http://www.bethanybeethewarren.blogspot.c
Presentation on and why it was om/ This PowerPoint will explain what the
the Texas STaR created. purpose of the STaR Chart is, how the data
Chart. can be used and is used, and the
importance of answering the survey
questions accurately.

Log into the Teachers need to see Answer survey 1. Show teachers how to access and log into 10 minutes
Texas STaR chart the actual survey questions as a their own STaR Chart account.
as a teacher who they take and the group one by one. 2. One by one go through the questions on
is going to take questions that are on the STaR Chart. Explain “technological”
the survey the survey. terms in plain English for better
understanding. Explain what type of
equipment questions are referring to.
3. And finally, emphasize to teachers that the
data from this survey tells the district where
your campus stands in their knowledge of
technology. It is important for them to know
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if the campus is not receiving enough


technology resources so that they can
begin to provide more.

Show teachers Teachers need to The Long-Range 1. By connecting the computer to the 10 minutes
how to access the understand what the Technology Plan projector, walk teachers through the
Long-Range Long-Range is the districts process of access the Long-Range
Technology Plan Technology Plan is explanation of how Technology Plan on the Richardson ISD
2008-2011 and what their they will meet the website.
through the responsibilities are in Texas state 2. Give teachers an overview of the plan.
Richardson ISD the classroom for standards by Explain that this plan was created by the
website. following the plan. 2011. district in order to development their
individual plan of how they will meet state
technology standards by the year of 2011.

Evaluation Teachers/participants Teachers will all 1. Pass evaluation forms out to teachers (see 5 minutes
will be given the be given the figure 1).
opportunity to give district’s standard 2. Have teachers complete evaluation forms.
their feedback on the professional Remind teachers that all feedback will be
professional development form. taken seriously and to please answer
development session honestly.
they have now
completed.

Professional Development Activity #2: Integration of Technology with Instructional and Organizational Leadership
Rationale: Based on information I gathered through my week 3 interviews, teachers want to provide for technology activities in the
classroom but are not sure how. Class blogs (either on the internet or just on the school’s shared drive) could be a great starting point
and a way for students to collaborate across grade levels and learn together how to experiment with different types of technology.

Learning Objective to Be Addressed: Teachers will learn how to teach students to create class blogs (via internet, shared drive on
campus or district’s intranet) and collaborate through blogs on various topics among all grade levels within the school.

Materials Needed for Meeting: Teachers will need to bring their computer in order to participate in this professional development.
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Grade Level: Facilitator: Location: Professional Development Time Time Line for
K-6 Bethany Beethe Forest Lane Frame: implementation:
Warren Academy-RISD ½ a day of staff development training, This will be an
with a follow-up training/evaluation 1 ongoing activity.
month later. The technology
support staff will
be responsible for
beginning/encour
aging discussions
after each staff
meeting to ensure
that discussion
are happening.

Learner-Centered
Purpose Description Steps Estimated Time
Activity

Set the atmosphere To get teachers I like to play upbeat 3. Have a playlist loop and play the 5 minutes
for a fun and interested from the music as everyone is entire time while everyone is making
engaging very beginning. walking in and have themselves comfortable.
professional refreshments for them 4. Provide snacks and a drink for
development to enjoy. everyone to enjoy.
session

What is a classroom Help teachers Some teachers may 1. Discuss with teachers for 5 minutes 30 minutes
blog? become familiar with have no idea of what a or so about what they know about
the simple facts of blog looks like. This blogs. This discussion will hopefully
what a blog actually will be a time to give given the facilitator a good idea of
is. them visuals of the knowledge base everyone is
different blogs and starting with. Fill in the first 2 parts of
how there are so a KWL chart based on this
many different discussion.
designs. 2. Show teachers the following
discussion forum of current
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classroom blogs at other schools.


http://www.classroom20.com/forum/t
opics/examples-of-elementary
3. After viewing a plethora of blogs,
make a list of things the groups have
learned from all the different blogs.

What are the pros This discussion will Discuss with teachers 1. Open the floor for teachers to begin 20 minutes
and cons of having a help teachers share what excites/concerns discussing what excites them and
classroom blog? their concerns about them about having a concerns them about having a
having a classroom classroom blog. classroom blog.
blog in an open 2. If some concerns cannot be resolved
discussion. at this meeting, be sure to meet with
other types of technology support
staff to find a answer to the teacher’s
concern.

Lesson on how to Explain to teachers Teachers will be given 1. Explain to teachers that students are 30 minutes
protect students the importance of ideas of how to going on the internet whether we
while they are teaching students’ teacher their students’ discuss it with them or not. We
viewing or updating online safety and online safety. cannot ignore this fact, so we must
a blog online how to do so. teach our students online safety.
2. Model for teachers how to teach
online safety through Disney’s Cyber
Netiquette Comix. This is a great tool
to teach elementary level students
about online safety.

Creating a Teachers will get Teachers will be given 1. Every teacher should have their own 1 hour
classroom blog hands on experience step by step directions laptop with them at this professional
in creating their to individually create development.
classroom blogs and their personal 2. Have teachers open the webpage
will be able to leave classroom blogs to www.edublogs.org
this professional take back away with
development with the them after this 3. Walk teachers through the process of
opening their own account (if the
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foundation of their professional school approves it, a entire school


classroom blogs development. can open a Edublog Campus).
completed. 4. After teachers have created their
own account, let the creative juices
roll. Give teachers about an hour to
work on personalizing their class
blogs.

Sharing newly Let teachers see Teachers have 1. Let teachers have the floor to show 30 minutes
created classroom what other teachers worked the past hour off their new blogs.
blogs and new ideas blogs look like that on their own personal
for how to use blogs they just created. blogs. This will give
in the classroom and teachers a chance to
school share their blogs and
get feedback from
other teachers.

Evaluation Teachers/participants Teachers will all be 3. Pass evaluation forms out to 5 minutes
will be given the given the district’s teachers (see figure 1).
opportunity to give standard professional 4. Have teachers complete evaluation
their feedback on the development form. forms. Remind teachers that all
professional feedback will be taken seriously and
development session to please answer honestly.
they have now
completed.

Professional Development Activity #3: Integration of Technology with Instructional and Organizational Leadership
Rationale: If teachers are going to ask their students to participate in collaborative discussions on their own blogs, they should begin
practicing this form of communication with their own colleagues. The discussion forum for teachers will also be beneficial to teachers
for clarification on topics they have questions about and/or post general questions they have for other teachers or the principal.

Learning Objective to Be Addressed: Teachers will practice communicating and discussing new information learned from most
recent staff meetings through school based discussion forums.
EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership Bethany Beethe Warren
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Grade Level: Facilitator: Location: Professional Development Time Time Line for
K-6 Bethany Beethe Forest Lane Frame: 45 minutes implementation:
Warren Academy-RISD This will be an
ongoing activity.
The technology
support staff will
be responsible
for
beginning/encour
aging
discussions after
each staff
meeting to
ensure that
discussion are
happening.

Learner-Centered
Purpose Description Steps Estimated Time
Activity

Set the atmosphere To get teachers I like to play upbeat 5. Have a playlist loop and play the 5 minutes
for a fun and interested from the music as everyone is entire time while everyone is making
engaging very beginning. walking in and have themselves comfortable.
professional refreshments for them 6. Provide snacks and a drink for
development to enjoy. everyone to enjoy.
session

What are discussion To introduce what Discuss with teachers 1. Explain to teachers that a discussion 5 minutes
forums? Why do we discussion forums about what a forum is just a place for teachers to
need to start having are. discussion forum ask questions and communicate
them? looks like and how it openly with each other about a
can benefit teachers variety of topics.
are Forest Lane 2. At Forest Lane Academy, we will
Academy. begin using discussion forums to
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collaborate with other teachers.

Walk through the Help teachers feel Facilitator will walk 1. Show teachers how to access Forest 20 minutes
steps of how to confident in using through the discussion Lane Academy’s discussion forum on
participate in a discussion forums. forum process to blackboard.
discussion forum make sure teachers 2. Walk teachers through the steps of
understand how to posting on the discussion forum.
participate.

Conclusions and Give teachers a Teachers will have a 1. Ask teachers for questions and 10 minutes
Questions chance to ask any chance to ask any concerns that have about posted
questions concerning questions they may discussions on our school’s forum.
this new knowledge. have.

Evaluation Teachers/participants Teachers will all be 5. Pass evaluation forms out to 5 minutes
will be given the given the district’s teachers (see figure 1).
opportunity to give standard professional 6. Have teachers complete evaluation
their feedback on the development form. forms. Remind teachers that all
professional feedback will be taken seriously and
development session to please answer honestly.
they have now
completed.

Evaluation Planning for Action Plan:

This evaluation for the action plan will be an ongoing process. Forest Lane Academy will create a Technology Action Team at the beginning of the
school year will be created to monitor the school’s progress in implementing our action plan. Based on the information I gathered from my week
3 assignment, I discovered that teachers are not held accountable for implementing technology in the classroom. This team will be in charge of
holding teachers accountable for implementing technology in their classrooms based on the district Long Range Plan for Technology. They will
use the following data to aid in the evaluation process:

 Texas STaR Chart results for Forest Lane Academy


 Evaluation form after Technology based professional developments
 Implementation of technology in the classroom based on curriculum guides and teacher lesson plans
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Figure 1: