Annotated Bibliography

Making Time for Professional Learning

Killion, J. (2013). Establishing time for professional learning. OH, Learning Forward.
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As a master professional learner, Joellen Killion has authored for you a “how-to” manual for finding time! If the number one concern of your school is finding time for professional learning, implement this process. Joellen guides you through the processes that will help your school own “time”. Consider guiding your school through this process: Step 1 – form a time study team, Step 2 – examine assumptions about time, Step 3 – examine existing time, Step 4 – study time options, Step 5 – form and approve recommendations about time, Step 6 – establish a plan to implement and evaluate approved recommendations, Step 7 – review time use and results. Each step of the process is explained clearly and supported with helpful tools. While this tool is designed to increase a school’s awareness and change practice, it is an excellent reflective tool for the individual also.
Learning Forward (formerly National Staff Development Council). (2008). Finding time for professional learning. OH, National Staff Development Council.
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Learning Forward has long recognized time as a concern for educators. Explore this publication and the ideas of many practitioners and researchers for “finding time”. The primary point of this publication focuses on schools and districts restructuring the way they use time to help teachers and benefit students. Explore presented articles that will help you: create job-embedded time for professional learning, gain greater understanding and advocate for job-embedded time, create the conditions necessary to embed learning in the workday, get the most out of your professional learning time, and plan specific changes based on provided examples. This is a great collection of articles and ideas that will change your perspective about time.
PLC Washington. “Finding time: Professional learning communities”.
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PLC Washington believes when creating time during the school day, it is possible to overlook important participants. They found that some schools arranged to have all classroom teachers free for team planning but failed to include key support staff members. They recognized that professional development that is linked to overall school improvement will need the involvement and support of the whole school community. Listen as Connie, Tricia, Jayme, and their colleagues share their story with you. Hear the passion and excitement for education in their voices. Consider your PLC work, which story shared will benefit your team? Remember Connie’s last words to you, “You always make time for what you sincerely want to do.” This video will elicit reflection for all educators.
Yendol-Hoppey, D., & Dana, N. (2012). Thinking outside the box and inside the budget. Educational Leadership 69 (4).
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Yendol-Hoppey and Dana contribute an article to this Education Leadership publication focused on resourceful schools. They find that resourceful schools embed professional learning for teachers within the school day. Consider their advice and insights into taking “one-shot” professional development further and creatively using money and time to support job-embedded professional learning. This is an excellent read for all educators!
YouTube. “WESD – job embedded professional learning”.
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Washington Elementary School District shares their story with you during this four minute video clip. The video begins with an introduction of educator professional learning to the students at WESD. Visit classrooms, PLC meetings, and administrative meetings with them as they share with you how they have “found time” for their most important work: serving their students!