LInC Staff Development Plan
CESA #7 Interactive Learning Services
- Mission Statement: To enhance learning through the effective use of
technology, which allows learners to interact with resources, identify
problems and solutions, utilize information previously unavailable in the
school and library environment, and blend that with traditional information
- Current Situation:CESA 7 http://www.cesa7.k12.wi.us has a TEACH Wisconsin technology
training grant, which enables schools and public libraries to release staff
for the purpose of training Instructor Facilitators to work with teams
of teachers and a public librarian who develop an integrated unit, teach
that unit, and reflect on its effectiveness. There are thirty-nine school
districts and thirty-five public libraries and branches in CESA 7 who are
involved in this training grant. Schools and libraries have received hardware
and software funding in the past, and need to train staff to effectively
use it. The training model is based on work by NCREL, ACOT, Dimensions
of Learning, and the Wisconsin DPI, all of which is based on engaged learning,
project based learning, and team-based teaching.
- Community/School Support: The communities served by the public schools
and libraries in CESA 7 are very aware of the need and importance of technology
to students and teachers, and have worked diligently to provide those technologies.
However, they are asking for results of their investments, and need to
see gains in student achievement and community members' skills improving.
This cannot occur without effective staff development at both the schools
and libraries, so that students and patrons have projects to show and can
provide evidence that technology is becoming an integral part of their
day-to-day learning. Our training will enable every district and library
to produce this evidence, as they will have developed integrated units
during the course of the grant period (through June, 2000)
- Engaged Learning Goals and Activities:
- Participants will choose a topic they currently teach and equipment
they already have available to them and create an integrated unit of study.
- They will work in teams of education and public library professionals.
- Each team member will receive leadership strategies and adult learning
techniques, especially as related to technology learning.
- Teams will have access to experts in curriculum, technology, integration,
and content area, as well as public library resources.
- Collaboration between schools and libraries will improve, and effective
use of community resources will be enabled.
- Professional Development Goals and Activities
- Each district in CESA 7 will build a team of Instructor Facilitators
who will teach and mentor fellow staff to develop integrated technology
units. Those staff members can, in turn, become instructor facilitators
who will work with more staff. Ongoing support and training will be available
to staff who are developing and integrating units.
- Each district in CESA 7 will develop a minimum of two technology integrated
units, implement the units, and evaluate those units. Public library collaboration
must be evident, as well as sound project based learning strategies which
engaged learners and develop higher order thinking skills. The units will
reflect state and local curriculum and technology standards.
- The units will be shared via web sites, email, videos, and other means
- Time line: Now through June 30, 2000. By May, 99 - Train the Instructor
Facilitators. BY Sept. 99 - help IFs form teams of teachers and staff to
write an integrated unit and have it ready to teach. By Jan. 99 - teach
the unit. By March, 2000 - Reflect on the unit and present the results
to others, via showcase, web site, etc. By July, 2000 - apply for further
funding and begin the cycle again. The IFs and participating teachers/staff
can train others and increase the number of trained staff.
- Assessment/Evaluation - Data is collected for effective evaluation
(quantitative and qualitative) for goals and indicators of achievement,
integration into the curriculum, and realistic accomplishments for the
given situation. This process should be ongoing, including initial and
ending assessment pieces to provide direction for future improvement in
- Assessment/Evaluation: Projects will be evaluated by conducting interviews
with students and staff as to the effectiveness of the project. Students
and patrons will be tested to see evidence of improved learning. Projects
will be presented to students, staff and community for input. Reflection
sessions will provide input for future participants.
Created for the Fermilab
LInC program sponsored by Fermi National
Accelerator Laboratory Education Office
and Friends of Fermilab,
and funded by United States Department of
Energy, Illinois State Board
of Education, North Central Regional
Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North
Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National
Author(s): Chris Rogers & Kazuko Stone
School: Green Bay, Wisconsin Team
Created: March 1, 1999 - Updated: April 25, 1999