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PD Planning Document

Table of Contents

I. Web Resources ...................................................................................................................................... 0


II. Professional Development Videos ........................................................................................................ 0
III. Professional Development Workshop Outline .................................................................................... 3
IV. Evaluation Plan .................................................................................................................................. 12
I. Web Resources for Teaching Mathematics

Site URL Description

Aplusmath https://www.varsitytutors.com/aplusmath Grade Level: K-8, High School and Graduate school

Description: Aplusmath is an interactive website that can

be used by students, teachers and parents. It has math

resources, but limited to addition, subtraction,

multiplication, division and geometry. However teachers

or users can still enjoy creating or working on available

worksheets, games and math flashcards, which supports

users’ creativity. This website also has a nice feature

called “homework helper” which allow users to have a


clear look at homework solutions. It is easy to navigate

through this website it’s clear and uncluttered.

Standards:

CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP1
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving
them.
http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP1/
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP4
Model with mathematics.
http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP4/

MathTV https://www.mathtv.com/ Grade Level: 6-12

Description: MathTV is an online website, which

includes tutorials on solving math problems. It’s a great

resource for mathematical instructions, it also has videos,

worksheets and online homework. It contains many

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topics, and teachers don’t only explain math problems,

but they also talk about study skills concepts. This variety

of resources would make learners feel comfortable to be

engaged with such website that looks into more than

simply math problems. An interesting aspect about this

website, is that it has an online versions of textbooks,

including an inline howmework system and gradebook

software. This website is generally free, but if you need

an all access pass, then you need to pay for it.

Standards:

CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP5
Use appropriate tools strategically.
http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP5/

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.A.1

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Represent and solve problems involving multiplication
and division.

http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/3/OA/A/1/

Understanding https://undsci.berkeley.edu/ Grade Level: K-16

Science Description: This is a very informative site, it’s free and it

presents K-16 materials about science. It is user friendly,

and easy to navigate through. It covers a lot of courses

(topic), starting with “understanding science 101” to

more complex topics as you go to upper grade levels. This

website has a glossary link, which could be very useful to

any grade level, as well as a recourse library. Beside the

resource library it also has teacher resources that is very

handy to have. Overall even though this website is for K

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to 16, I feel that it is more suitable for upper levels, due

to the nature of content and the layout of it.

Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of

science and technical texts, attending to important

distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or

inconsistencies in the account.

http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RST/11-

12/1/

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.7

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information

presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative

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data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or

solve a problem.

http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RST/11-

12/7/

The Periodic http://www.periodicvideos.com/ Grade Level: 6-12

Table of Videos Description: This website is very interesting, it contains

video that explains the elements of the “periodic table”

which I didn’t hear about since I left high school. This

website would best suit visual learners. As the videos are

very explanatory. This website is uncluttered and very

easy to use, by teachers, students and anyone who is

interested in periodic elements. This website has other

concepts (like math, physics and chemistry), but I don’t

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see that the layout of the website helps users to find them

easily.

Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7

Integrate quantitative or technical information


expressed in words in a text with a version of that
information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart,
diagram, model, graph, or table).

http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RST/6-8/7/

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.7
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information
presented in diverse formats and media (e.g.,
quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address
a question or solve a problem.

http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RST/11-
12/7/

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The https://www.exploratorium.edu/ Grade Level: K-12, Teachers, Graduates.

Exploratorium Description: This is an amazing site, it’s a virtual

museum, and this site allows teachers and students to

explore science and other subjects in a very interesting

way. It covers many topics like; Astronomy & space

science, Biology, Chemistry, Culture and society, Data,

Earth Science, Engineering & Technology, Environmental

Science, Mathematics, Nature of Science, Perception and

physics. It is great for visual leaners and any learners who

is interested on learning something new. There is an

educate tab for teaching tools, and an explore tab for

students to browse through the many topics available. In

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the explore tab, students can go through websites and

activities that explain more about the topics.

Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.9

Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g.,

texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent

understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept,

resolving conflicting information when possible.

http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RST/11-

12/9/

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.5

Analyze the structure of the relationships among

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concepts in a text, including relationships among key

terms (e.g., force, friction, reaction force, energy).

http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RST/9-10/5/

Math is Fun http://www.mathsisfun.com/ Grade Level: K-6

Description: This is a very nice website with an appealing

home page. You can select what you want easily from the

home page. The website offers a range of designs and

different ways of explaining from text, graphs, links to

further explain key words, images, and options for

further learning. The game index is amazing, the games

are interactive and engaging. This website is easy to use

and all the options are clear and, it’s free.

Standards:

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CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.1

Apply and extend previous understandings of

arithmetic to algebraic expressions.

http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/6/EE/A/1/

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.NS.A.1

Apply and extend previous understandings of

multiplication and division to divide fractions by

fractions.

http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/6/NS/A/1/

42Explore http://42explore.com/ Grade Level: K-12, Educators, Teachers, Students, Parents

Thematic (any web user).

Pathfinder for Description: This website is a search engine, where users

All Ages can search for any topic and explore the site. Available in

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the search are (General Themes, Social Studies, Science,

Mathematics, English Language Arts, Health and Fitness,

Fine Arts and Applied Arts). There are topic index

including definitions, activities, starting points for

learning something, and even more links. You can search

any topic you want it’s all there. Too much links can be

overwhelming, but it educators would like that all the

information are in one place.

Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.7
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information
presented in diverse formats and media (e.g.,
quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address
a question or solve a problem.

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http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RST/11-
12/7/

CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP1
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP1/

School Tube http://www.schooltube.com/ Grade Level: students

Description: School tube is a free and an amazing website

for designed for students. It’s a safe and moderate

environment, for students to post, view and share self-

produced videos for classroom use. Students’ won’t risk

having inappropriate content to view in this website. The

videos won’t necessary help you in teaching, as they are

very specific to certain people and their classes. This

website is fun and it allows students to share authentic

work, they can explore or teach something to other users.

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Standards:

SCSh4. Students will use tools and instruments for


observing, measuring, and manipulating scientific
equipment and materials.

Students use digital media and environments to


communicate and work collaboratively, including at a
distance, to support individual learning and contribute
to the learning of others.

Cyberchase http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/ Grade Level: 3-12

Description: This website is just AMAZING, it focuses on

developing math and problem-solving skills through

games. It is very interactive and engaging and learners

will just love it. It has explanatory videos and many

activities. It’s super easy to use and user-friendly. It is

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engaging and covers a variety of different math topics

and in different levels like; Environment, Fractions,

Geometry, Health, Holidays, Measurement, Money, Pre-

Algebra, Problem Solving, Science and Engineering,

Sports, Using Data and Using Numbers. It has many

educational games, and it’s very fun to be used in your

daily teaching.

Standards:

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSG.MG.A.1 Apply geometric concepts in


modelling situations

Use geometric shapes, their measures, and their properties to


describe objects (e.g., modelling a tree trunk or a human torso as
a cylinder).

http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/HSG/MG/A/1/

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CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSA.REI.A.1 Understand solving equations as a
process of reasoning and explain the reasoning.

Explain each step in solving a simple equation as following from


the equality of numbers asserted at the previous step, starting
from the assumption that the original equation has a solution.
Construct a viable argument to justify a solution method.

http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/HSA/REI/A/1/

Mr. Nussbaum http://mrnussbaum.com/ Grade Level: 1-8

Description: This website covers many topics and within

those topics and other topics within that topic. It covers

math, language arts, history, geography and science. It

has activities, games and tones of fun videos for students.

It’s straightforward and easy to use by teachers and

students. It is supported by various platforms, like the

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iPad for instance. Teachers using this app for the first

time can use teacher tips as they are a great way to start.

And it has lots of printable materials.

Standards:

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.A.1
Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.
http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/4/NF/A/1/

5-ESS3-1: Obtain and combine information about ways


individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s
resources and the environment.

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II. Professional Development Videos

A. Video 1 - Content Description: This Professional development tutorial is about

technology-based math model. Where I demonstrated step by step to find a geometry

lesson plan from betterlesson.com website. This website includes some very useful

educational resources to teach different levels in math subject. In this tutorial, I will go

with you step by step through out the website to locate a geometry lesson for

kindergarten level (but you may select any grade level of your preference). The lesson

selected was in line with math common core standards. In this website, you will find

readymade lessons plans (full detailed lesson plans with intro, while and post activities),

resources for the lesson (for each stage of the lesson the resources are provided) and

reflections of other teachers who used this lesson and you can post your own reflection

as well, for others to view and share experiences. Now, all the materials, resources and

lesson plans are printable, you can download and print them for your classroom use.

Link to the video 1: https://www.screencast.com/t/3AHVqU5Du

B. Video 2 - Content Description: This Professional development tutorial is about

technology-based math model. In this PD video I would be illustrating the ratio and

proportion lesson plan from engageny.org website. Engageny is such a great resource

because it follows with common core standards and provides teachers with so many

resources for one specific lesson. With the various resources, teachers can select what

may work best for their class or for a specific student. In the PD video, I demonstrated to

other teachers how can they access the multiple languages in the website. As I show you
the features of the website and the resources available, I would like you to note that this

website offers a value feature which is to open and modify a word version of the lesson

you choose.

Link to the video 2: https://www.screencast.com/t/bhaUoae0fOM

https://www.screencast.com/t/SQ7foLx2cK5

C. Video 3 - Content Description: This Professional development tutorial is about

instructional strategies to find math resources for the number system domain from the

website learzillion.com. I would recommend teachers to check they have the proper

domain especially when searching LearnZillion. Learnzillion is a wonderful website, full

of interactive resources and lesson plans that follows the common core standards. In

this training video I found a whole number lesson plan and I pointed to the different

resources and features that are provided by the LearnZillion website. So, go through the

PD videos for more information. And please evaluate this PD tutorial using the link

below. I will create a follow-up form several weeks after the PD to gauge the effects on

change in teacher practice and effect on student learning

Link to the video 3: PD video Training

https://www.screencast.com/t/RQxed2qDwCD

https://www.screencast.com/t/pPuRblYoSO1

Evaluation form

https://goo.gl/forms/pE2HkW0z54yxhEPy1

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D. Video 4 - Content Description: This Professional development tutorial is about finding

problem-based learning lessons/ projects for math, science and technology, from

Educationcloset website. Search for a PBL lesson, note that in this education website it

shows the integrations of topics in one lesson. For example, it could have a math and

science taught in one lesson and in my case, I showed about math and art. Browse the

video for more information and to better understand Educationcloset website and the

rich resources it has on PBL.

Link to the video 4: https://www.screencast.com/t/spMv2X5Re

E. Video 5 - Content Description: This Professional development tutorial is about finding a

function machine lesson plan that incorporates the higher order thinking skills. Again, I

used the learnzillion website to find this game and I explained how learners would use

their higher order thinking still when playing such game. For more details please

review the video link below. You would notice how learnzillion is full of interactive

resources and this game is fun to be used with any grade level.

Link to the video 5: https://www.screencast.com/t/nTu8GsJQCqnq

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III. Professional Development Workshop Outline

Workshop Description

This is a plan I would present to my supervisor supporting why I would want to support the
teaching of math, science and technology in the Education program. Since we already teach math
and science and technology courses as part of our program. Teachers indicated their interest in
learning new ideas and interactive ways to teach such concepts. Hence, this plan could be used to
support the outcomes, organize resources and assets, and explain my strategy and tactics to
advocate this professional development plan.

This workshop will be about teaching educators in the education department how to showcase
and prepare their electronic portfolios for classroom use. This workshop was designed and
planned as per the attendees’ requests and needs. While teachers use many resources in teaching,
most of them get lost by time. Or teachers forget about them and their experiences with those
tools and resources. Hence after, this workshop, they will archive their work so they can come
back to it at any time and they can use theses resources with learners as much as they need.

As per my knowledge none of the participants lack the physical ability to perform any task in
this workshop If any of the participants have special educational needs (SEN) it will be
mentioned in the needs assessment that was done prior to the workshop, or they can inform the
presenter or if it is noticeable, certain arrangements will be made for them and they will be
provided with an assistant.

Workshop Summary

Anticipated length: Four days, Eight hours

Description of the format: Face to face and will be recorded for teachers who cannot attend.

Target participant group: Teachers in the Education department (they teach different subjects but
all related to Education).

Anticipated size of the participant group: Approximately 5 teachers.

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Learning Outcomes for Participants

Goals for the workshop:

1) Plan, prepare and implement appropriate activities for the various stages of a lesson based
on relevant curriculum outcomes and the needs of learners.
2) Build up an electronic portfolio with math, science and technology resources.

ISTE NETS Standards

ISTE NETS for Coaches: (2a, 2f, 2h, 3a, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c, 5a, 6a, 6b, 6c)
http://bagwell.kennesaw.edu/files/4514/0378/7288/ISTE-NETS-C_Standards-Technology-
Coaches.pdf
ISTE NETS for Teachers: (1b, 2a, 2d, 3b, 3c, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d)
https://www.kent.edu/sites/default/files/file/ISTEstandards.pdf
ISTE NETS for Students: (1a, 2a, 3c, 5b, 5c, 6b)
http://sde.ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/C3%20PASS%20instech.pdf

List of Resources used for Workshop

• Any Device, Laptop, PC, Smart Phones, Tablets with charger.


• Valid Gmail address
• Internet Access
• Whiteboard
• Projector
• Presentation file (PowerPoint)
• Print/ Electronic resources.

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Participant Activities

PD overview:

This workshop will be conducted in several sessions a two-hour frame time for each session, it
shall be a continuous process. Prior to the Professional development session, teachers will
complete an online survey that focuses on skills and previous experience with math, science and
technology resources.

Needs Assessment: This is the link to the survey: the survey should take maximum 15 minutes.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZRNWX59

Once the survey is completed, the PD organizer collected data and analyzed the survey results to
determine participants needs. From the survey results, participants showed interest in learning
about creating an electronic portfolio, where they can keep a record of their resources for a
certain subject. For, instance, they wanted to learn about creating and finding resources to teach
their respective subjects and then create the electronic portfolio, so they can share it with their
learners and keep it for their future practices. Since they cannot keep a record of their
Blackboard site, they were interested in electronic portfolios ( in this PD we decided to use
Weebly, as its user-friendly and easy to use)

The training would include clinics + individual consultations for the 5 participants.

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Session 1: 2 hours

Time frame: 10:00 – 10:10

We will start the session by reviewing the needs assessment results and go through the agenda of
this professional development, that would last for days and will be continuous PD.

Time frame: 10:10 – 10:15

The following outline will be shared with participants to have a holistic view of their needs and
to give more room for growth in teacher’s perception or implementations of activities.

• Explore 10 websites of engaging activities for math, science and technology


• Engage in the implementation of activities.
• Create individualized implementation plan
• Reflect and share
• Create electronic portfolio (Weebly) and upload all the above resources

Time frame: 10:15 – 11:15 Hands on Activity

Teachers will be given a list of resources, 10 websites of mix topics, science math and
technology. Each teacher will use the topic that is inline with the discipline she is teaching.

After 30 minutes of engaging with these resources, I will show them a presentation on how
teachers can use these websites to find resources for example, math or science lesson plans, new
ideas and engaging activities.

Time frame: 11:15 – 11:30 Q&A

Next will be the Q & A session where teachers will be asking each other, or experts in the field
who applied similar activities or have new ideas to share.

Time frame: 11:30 – 12:00

Prepare a list of website resources in line with the respective course that each teacher is teaching.
For example, teachers who teach science should find science websites with engaging activities,
lesson plans, materials and new ideas.

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Session 2: 2 hours

Time frame: 10:00 – 10:10 Introduction to activities

I would start this workshop by introducing the activities that will be implemented.

Time frame: 10:10 – 11:00 Hands on activities

Teachers will be divided into groups and they would be in the shoes of learners. I would ask
teachers to pretend to be students and implement activities assigned to them. Each group will
have set of resources left on the table and students (teachers) will have to make use of them. To
make it more organized and easy to follow, at each table there will be a to do list of all the
activities that they need to finish.

Time frame: 11:00 – 11:40

Once groups finish their activities, we will go over their work and reflect on the process. We
would mainly target the following:

• How they have accomplished their goals as students?


• How did they feel?
• What did they enjoy most?
• What did they enjoy least?
• What would they do to improve this activity?

Time frame: 11:40 – 11:55 Session Feedback

Teachers will be asked to complete a feedback form after completing session 2 so I can amend
the upcoming workshops. The link to the feedback form:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X3W993Q

Time frame: 11:55 – 12:00 Assignment

Before teachers come for the next session they would be asked to make an individualized
implementation plan based on the group activity they conducted in session 2.

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Session 3: 2 Hours and is continuous

I would wait for few months before I conduct this follow up session. As I would ask teachers if
they managed to use and implement the strategies learned and whether it increased student
engagement. This session will be teacher oriented, where they will work with peers (for example,
whoever teach similar topics). They would be encouraged to set future goals, engage in discourse
with experts and receive feedback to improve their implementation plan. This cannot and should
not be done in one session, rather it will be encouraged to be continuous. After teachers have
implemented their activities in their respective classes, we will set up a similar session that
address the following:

• Feedback after implementation, we need to discuss opportunities, challenges and sharing


of interactive new ideas for originality.
• Teachers share students’ reactions to the implementation. They can perhaps ask student
to complete a feedback form after their session using this link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X3W993Q
and then share their students’ responses
• upon peer feedback teachers can make changes to their implementation plan and review
their activities and approaches.

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Session 4: 2 Hours create an Electronic-Portfolio

In this session, teachers will be given a step by step tutorial to create a Weebly site, to keep a
record, archive all their resources and best practices.

An e-portfolio is an electronic collection of materials designed to showcase your work. it is a


learning record that provides evidence of your achievements to show your potential employee or
use with your students in class.

Time frame: 10:00 – 10:30 Create an account in Weebly

Step 1: Go to www.weebly.com and create an account. Simply fill in the information field.
Make a note of your login and password.

Step 2: Select “site” for the “focus of your site”

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Step 3: Choose a Theme

Step 4: Choose your website domain. This is the address where people will find your website
online

Step 5: add a title to your site.

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Step 6: Add the following new pages to your site:- Home page, Profile page, Interactive Science
/Math/ Technology Websites, Lesson plans, Reflections, Journals, Assessments and Evaluations,
Best Practices, Gallery. Its if optional what tabs you want to
create, as it is based on what you want to show in your e-
portfolio.

Time frame: 10:30 am – 10:40 am Coffee break

Time frame: 10:40 am – 12:00 pm

Step 7: Fill out the content in the pages (Part 2)

Teachers are to create their own profile, build up their content, put in the materials they already
have and created.
Evaluation:

At the end of this session, teachers will be asked to participate in this evaluation feedback:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XHSCKQB

Step 8: Publish their Weebly site

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IV. Evaluation Plan

Any professional development needs to be evaluated to get success. Evaluation of a professional

development workshop has two important goals: to improve the quality of the workshop, and to determine

its overall effectiveness. Furthermore, all compound and presented in one summary report put together by

the facilitators. Teachers therefore can share their success at the annual conferences. Or at the end of an

academic year, they can get feedback on how things went. As Hager and Boud, (2012, p. 18) proposed

that, real PD cannot be PD because of the metaphors that describe PD. Supported by Timperley and Lee

(2008, p.342); they concur; for it to be an effective PD it has to accurately produce professional

development and the proof to the PD is in the outcomes.

At the end of the academic year all teachers could come together to the conference to check how the PD

sessions went. The findings of the outcomes include the participants participation and production of the e-

portfolios could be demonstrated. The entire department can be involved in it, thus in the Annual

Conference participants can sahre their final e-portfolios and report the improvement of their students’

performance.

According to Carpenter and Bryen and Wenger (2008, p.47), suggesting that the whole society and whole

community grows, and thinking of real change transformational change going beyond receiving but

changing and improving the community. “When professional development is supportive, job embedded,

instructionally focused, collaborative and ongoing, teachers are more likely to consider it relevant and

authentic, which is more likely to result in teacher learning and improved teaching practice” (Hunzicker

2011, p. 178).

To measure the success of this professional development I would send out this Final Professional
Development Evaluation Feedback Form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XZGCVZL

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