Alliance-NCTAF Webinar: Maximizing Teacher Agency in Professional Learning
The Alliance for Excellent Education and the
National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future
Invite You to Attend a Webinar on
Dwight Davis, Assistant Principal, Wheatley Education Campus (Washington, DC)
William Day, Math Teacher, Two Rivers Public Charter School (Washington, DC)
Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director, Learning Forward
Melinda George, President, National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF)
Mariana Haynes, PhD, Senior Fellow, Alliance for Excellent Education (moderator)
On November 10, 2015 the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) and the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) held the second in a series of webinars exploring the conditions needed to support great teaching for deeper learning. The promising practices, recommendations, and lessons learned inform a collective effort, led by NCTAF, around supporting great teaching. This joint webinar focused on an important component of effective professional learning: maximizing teacher agency. What are the practices and conditions that draw upon educator expertise, build their capacity to become good consumers of professional learning, and give them choices that lead to improvements in the instructional practice they most need to improve student learning?
Panelists shared data and research on the importance of designing professional learning that harnesses teacher expertise and allows educators to make choices and engage in professional learning that meets their individual growth needs so that they are better equipped to create powerful learning environments for their students. How can research results be connected with what is happening in practice? How can capacity be built among educators to assess and define their own professional learning needs? What recommendations should be put forward to improve teacher agency and engagement in their professional learning? Panelists also addressed questions submitted by viewers from across the nation.
A video of the event is available here: http://all4ed.org/webinar-event/nov-10-2015/.