Plan Professional Development Backward

“…we must plan backward, beginning where we want to end and then working our way back to the processes that will get us there (Guskey, 2001; Hirsh, 2012).”

The best order of steps for professional learning planning:

  1. student learning outcomes
  2. new practices to be implemented
  3. needed organizational support
  4. desired educator knowledge and skills
  5. optimal professional learning activities

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Cultivating Teacher Leadership

“Every teacher has leadership potential and should be given opportunities to extend their reach beyond the classroom. The schools and districts that provide their teachers with relevant ways to lead will be well positioned to address challenges, sustain growth, and prepare their students for the leadership opportunities in their future.”

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Principles of Adult Learning & Instructional Systems Design

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A US educationist claims to have the answer to failing schools – and it lies in literacy

“Our problem isn’t a lack of knowledge about how children learn, or what effective teaching methods are,” he says. “Our problem is a lack of knowledge about how to help teachers apply research-proven methods every day.”

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NEA Creative Writing Grant

Creative writers who meet the publication requirements are eligible to apply. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. See “How to Prepare and Submit an Application”  for the documentation that is required to demonstrate eligibility. –

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The Educationist Will Write

Thinking of books I want to write:

  • A recipe book(will it be real recipes for a healthy brain or a metaphoric tool for healthy being? … maybe both as my study of ontology continues…) Who knows what the title will be?
  • Coaching in an Era of Change
  • Goddess Dies to Grace (A worldview journey). A trilogy? Or three novellas in one book?  A modern epic twist on three Olympian women. Persephone (Seph), Artemis (Diana), & Athena each die to “self” as they learn through adversity and experience a shift to a Christian world view.

For my recipe book, I will try recipes, chart my own success (& that of my family) as I read:

  • The Kitchen Shrink: Foods & Recipes for a Healthy Mind
  • Meals that Heal Inflammation
  • Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen
  • Foods that Fight Pain

For my Coaching book I will reflect on my own professional journals and notes from books I’ve read:

For my fiction work, I will use Annie’s Novel Plotting worksheets (conduct extensive research and pull from my personal experiences)

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50 Leaders Changing India Education

These are the best and worst times for India’s community of educationists and educators, principals and teachers included. On the positive side, perhaps more than ever before in the history of the Indian subcontinent, public interest in education and its life-sustaining social and private benefits is at its zenith. On the negative, there are the Central and state governments which like bulls in a china shop are running amok in Indian education interfering with private education institutions and piling on ill-conceived populist legislation which dilutes teaching-learning standards and learning outcomes in the country’s 1.26 million government schools, 80,000 private schools, 31,000 colleges and 611 universities. It is no exaggeration to state that at stake is the globally competitive capability and future of the next generation — 550 million children and youth enrolled in India’s crumbling, rapidly obsolescing and dysfunctional institutions of primary, secondary, higher and vocational education.

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