Northwestern Middle School
Professional Development at Northwestern Middle School has all been presented in Personalized Learning Simulation Format- This "show, don't tell" method of PD has been a very powerful model.
I designed and implemented (with help from my KSU friends) a Multi Level Professional Development to introduce teachers to the FCS Personalized Learning Principles and further PD to focus on the first three NMS principles. http://ksucoachleigh.weebly.com/northwestern-middle-school
My work with teachers at Northwestern Middle School has included adding blended learning tools like Blendspace and Edmodo. My coaching team is using video resources from Ted Ed, Discovery Education, Khan Academy and even Brainpop to help kids pre-learn content and also to support remediation. Educreation videos are helping kids mentor one another We've implemented some simple data collection solutions like Kahoot, Quizziz, Socrative and Plickers. These tools are being used to inform personalized instruction in the classroom. Professional development introduced many data collection tools and teachers were encouraged to give some new things a try. We got the kids moving and stretched the classroom space by using Goosechase and QR codes. I loaned the Media Center some of the KSU maker tools and student excitement over these items has led to a discussion about adding some fun maker tech to the media program. The Media Specialist is an innovative, committed educator and she is currently reinvigorating the space. I've done small group professional development in support of One Note/Class Notebook. We took my math team to Crabapple Middle for a field trip to see Personalized Learning at work in a one to one classroom setting. Ana Hale has been contracted to help each Grade Level take a deep dive into Discovery Education resources and Spotlight Strategies for updating classroom activities to expand collaboration, communication creativity and critical thinking. I've been helping Admin build a quick one stop shop for all the county and state provided resources available. They are also exploring purchasing more adaptive content for the school in order to provide many layers of support in all topics.
The thing I am most proud of at Northwestern Middle School is how the tools and strategies we have introduced are being used to support both academic and social/emotional needs of the students there. They started this work before I ever arrived and have remained steadfast in the idea that all of their endeavors should fully support their students.