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Tuesday, July 29 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Slaying the Sit & Get Dragon: Differentiating PD for iPhiles and iPhobes

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Changing students' classroom experiences begins with changing teachers' practices. Yet as soon as teachers and administrators offer Professional Development, we typically ask teachers to Sit and Get our messages about the importance of avoiding Sit and Get strategies in our own classrooms! This session will explore ways to develop a differentiated PD model, one that recognizes the need to accommodate a wide range of teachers' learning styles and to support your facultyÕs varying skills and experience with technology integration. We will examine several facets of these ÒblendedÓ PD programs (continuing education models which provide synchronous and asynchronous support). At the heart of blended and differentiated PD is the assumption that teaching and learning, and not the technology itself, must form the core of all of our continuing education programming and that meaningful technology integration requires far more than dressing up the factory model wolf in digital sheepÕs clothing. Participants will leave the session with numerous practical examples of blended and differentiated PD models as well as with a wealth of suggestions about how to begin transforming PD organically and/or District-wide at home.

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Jonathan Werner

Library & Instructional Technology Specialist, Cape Elizabeth Library & Learning Commons
Bio: Jonathan is a Library & Instructional Technology Specialist (LITS) at the Library and Learning Commons in Cape Elizabeth, Maine and President Elect of the ISTE Librarians Network. After teaching English in Pennsylvania for several years post college, he made the CVE (Critical Vocational Error) of becoming a lawyer. Once he awoke from that nightmare, he returned to teaching English when he and his family moved to Maine in 2005. Though he will... Read More →

Tuesday July 29, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Rm 206