In my role, I support many ongoing pilots in which districts utilize our products in the classroom for an extended period of time to determine whether or not the resources are a good fit for their district and their students.
Often, these pilots begin with a one day in-service implementation session in which teachers learn about the products. It's a crash course introduction to the resources.
Yet, we know that the real learning happens when teachers have an opportunity to discuss, implement, reflect, and iterate on their practice.
In larger pilots, we often come back to the school several times to visit with teachers on planning periods, answer questions, and provide feedback.
In smaller, more rural areas, that's not always feasible.
The question becomes: how do we provide teachers in the pilot setting with ongoing support and the opportunity to collaborate and connect without having to be on site multiple times over the course of a pilot?