My vision and mission for my new position as Professional Learning Specialist

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PANIC! Less than 24 hours until I start the new job!

So I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this whole Professional Learning thing, and realized that I need focus. When in doubt, come up with a Vision and Mission, all while making sure that they’re not terrible.

So here’s what I came up with.

Vision: All educators are in control of their professional learning.

Mission: Create learning experiences that assist teachers on their journey to becoming their best professional selves.

The vision, of course, is straight up Edcamp/PLN/PLC. One of the core reasons I believe that I got this job is because I’ve been pestering my new boss for the past three years over and over and over again with this very real, simple idea that teachers need to take control of their professional learning, in large part because when we’re not, professional development is frequently done to us very poorly.

The “best professional selves” line in the mission I’m completely stealing from Laura Thomas, because it neatly encapsulates this idea that I’ve been wrestling with of how you can design learning experiences for teachers who might not be operating under the same pedagogical vision. While I’m ridiculouslyopinionated about the ways I think good classrooms should be run, I’m not foolish enough to think that my way is the only way. So it’s my job to figure out how to help teachers build capacity in the areas they most want and need to grow.

The fun part of this, of course, is this is how I see my job right now, before I’ve walked in and actually started the work. I haven’t talked it over with my boss or other people in the department. I’lll have to meld this within the larger organizational goals of the division, the state union, and the national union. But for me, less than a day before I walk into the building to begin the next phase of my career, these are the things I want to actively work towards.

Resume PANIC!

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5 thoughts on “My vision and mission for my new position as Professional Learning Specialist

  1. Laura Thomas is a pretty good person to steal from.

    Also: something I like to do before starting something new like this is go to futureme.org and send myself a little note about what I was hoping and dreaming, so I can compare and reconnect when that email rolls in. Try sending one to yourself in the 3-6 month range and then again at a year.

  2. This sounds much like my new job as Teacher on Special Assignment for Common Core implementation. Your statement, ” So it’s my job to figure out how to help teachers build capacity in the areas they most want and need to grow” describes the approach I’ve taken so far.

    What I’m finding challenging is that because teachers have not been asked these kinds of questions they almost don’t trust it when I say, “Really, what kind of PD do you want so I can build the structures for it?”

    I look forward to following your blog this year!

  3. Dan,
    This position sounds very exciting and I love your mission! I agree with you that teachers need to take control of their professional learning. For so many years professional development was something that was done to teachers a few days a year. Today great PD is just a tweet away. I find the challenge for educators is their own shift in thinking to personal professional growth. The very best of luck to you in your new position!

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