What Follows Professional Learning? Staying Connected!
from NCTE INBOX 12-4-12
After returning from a professional learning experience like the NCTE Annual Convention, attendees are energized and reinvigorated. They want to keep the excitement going and continue the conversations that began at the event. What if you can't attend a conference in person? These resources from NCTE will provide ideas for staying connected after a professional learning experience.
Convention presenters were encouraged to upload their handouts to the 2012 NCTE Annual Convention Connected Community (currently you'll find materials for more than 300 sessions). Find a session of interest in the online searchable program? Search for associated materials in the Connected Community. Also in the Connected Community you'll find an ongoing conversation about plans for NCTE 2013!
Live conference presentations are often recorded and archived so a wider audience can view them. Take a look at these ReadWriteThink.org conference presentations.
Teachers and teacher educators share the joys and tribulations of teaching by participating in online modes of support, including weekly Twitter conversations (like #engchat), the NCTE Connected Community, the English Companion Ning, and the English Education group on Facebook. These modes of collaboration and collegiality both extend the reach of educators and provide timely feedback on questions, as described in "Maintaining Collegiality in Tough Times."
During the Annual Convention, members of school- or district-based professional learning communities were encouraged by the NCTE-affiliated group the National Center for Literacy Education to "Put Your Group on the Map" and join the Literacy in Learning Exchange website to build or further develop a community of practice in their schools. More than 150 groups signed up in person and others can sign up for free online.
How do you maintain the momentum after a professional learning experience? Are you inspired to be part of the next NCTE Annual Convention? Read the 2013 Call for Proposals and submit a program proposal for the Boston Convention by January 18 (proposals sent by mail must be postmarked no later than January 11).
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