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Cultivating and Utilizing Basic Technology

St. Amant Primary’s Professional Development Plan

 

Mission Statement

 St. Amant Primary administrators, faculty, and staff view technology as an integral part in assisting students in becoming productive citizens in the community. Faculty members will integrate technology throughout the curriculum to provide current and accurate information for their students. Gaining knowledge and techniques through workshops, faculty meetings, and conferences, the faculty will become proficient users of technology for our life-long learners.

 

Developmental Strategies

 

Strategy # 1:  Administer  a survey to all members of the Faculty, Staff, and Administration

In order to implement a successful professional  development plan, the needs and wants of everyone has to be assessed. Because of various levels of expertise among the faculty and staff, information must be gather to ensure appropriate technology development. Therefore, faculty and staff will complete surveys during the first nine weeks. The surveys will be reviewed and technology development will be constructed based on their needs.

Browse the following website to view the appropriate needs assessment surveys for your faculty and staff:

SURVEYS

 

 

Strategy # 2:  Faculty and staff will strengthen and develop their skills through personalized instruction

To obtain a successful professional development plan, there must be a measurable tool to determine the various stages of concern among the faculty and staff. This tool will assist the professional from one stage to another.  By focusing on each faculty members levels, it will alleviate frustration and redundant information.

The Concerns Based Adoption Model (CBAM) states that people normally move along a continuum as a change is being introduced and implemented.

DEGREE

STAGES

DESCRIPTION

0 Awareness Little concern or involvement with the innovation
1 Informational Basic awareness about the innovation and interest in learning more is present
2 Personal Individual is uncertain about the demands of the innovation such as his/her inadequacy to those demands and/or financial implications of the program
3 Management Focuses on the processes and tasks of using the innovation such as efficiency, managing, organizing, and time demands
4 Consequences Focuses on the impact on the students such as performance, evaluations, and competencies
5 Collaboration Focus is on coordination and cooperation with others using the innovation
6 Refocusing Exploration of more universal benefits; individual has definite ideas about alternatives or existing form of the innovation

 

 

Strategy # 3:  Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to participate in professional developed catered to their individual needs.

After reviewing the surveys, a personalized development program will be developed for each faculty and staff member. The faculty members will choose the appropriate training based on their needs from the partial list below.

Technology Development Opportunities

           Beginner Level
  • Search Engines
  • Email Functions
  • Microsoft Software (Word and  Power Point)
  • Lesson Plan development
  • E Class/E Grades
  • Plato
  • Accelerated Reader
                Intermediate Level
  •  Web Design (class website)
  • Accelerated Math
  • Excel
  • Student Portfolios
  • Interactive Powerpoint
             Advanced Level
  • Advanced Web Design
  • Multimedia applications involving Smart Board, digital camera, scanner, etc

 

 

Strategy # 4:  Follow a professional development model that focus on achieving meaningful outcomes instead of focusing only on learning skills.

Just as teachers have found out that they need to use a variety of instructional strategies to accommodate diverse learning styles, professional developers have found that they also need to accommodate the various ways teachers approach the materials they present. The following chart contains a variety of professional development strategies that can be use to achieve meaningful outcomes.

Strategies Description Incentives
Workshops Great for informational stage to assess needs/wants

Problem solving and collaborative activities

snacks provided, door prizes
Hands On Training Lab setting with brief demonstrations followed by individual explorations and practice; requires some type of support after training such as manuals, handouts, websites Collaboration with other professionals

 

Train the Trainer Training a small number of people who are expected to share what they have learned with others Hands on leaning, teaching opportunity
Learning Teams Like-minded groups with a focused mission; fostering an environment of cooperation and collaboration Leadership abilities
Mentoring Expert novice mentoring others where there's a need, sharing process Ability to collaborate with peers

 Faculty and Staff members should keep in mind the following key factors of a successful adult development:

  • Individuals should feel safe and supported
  • Environment fosters intellectual freedom and encourages experimentation and creativity
  • Presenters treat adult students as peers with respect
  • Individuals take responsibility for their own learning
  • Active involvement in learning
  • Regular feedback mechanisms to change or implement ideas

 Evaluation Plan

  There are several ways of examining the performance of the overall technology program as well as specific aspects of the program, such as professional development, technical assistance, and resources. Program evaluations usually addresses the following:

  • Accountability ( Is the program doing what it is supposed to do? Is the money being spent well?)
  • Quality (Implementation of the program activities and strategies)
  • Impact (Is the program making a difference to the stakeholders?)
  • Sustainability ( What is needed to sustain the levels of improvement across the curriculum?)
  • Lessons learned ( What lessons were learned in regards to the processes and factors that support the accomplishments of objectives?)