It all started last fall. I learned through my colleagues, I was on maternity leave, that a new initiative for professional development had been unveiled. I crave learning and I demand better of myself, this meant I investigated this new approach. I was in immediately.

Unfortunately, I don’t feel my colleagues were as on-board as I was. Nor was my administration prepared with the necessary follow-through. When I completed a few of the tasks available, there was no confirmation and three months later I’m still waiting for feedback.

Disappointed in the outcome, I began to research and investigate ways to help make this a successful endeavor. My journey led me to the timely publication of ‘Personalized Professional Learning: A Job-Embedded Pathway for Elevating Teacher Voice’ by Allison Rodman.

Wouldn’t it be great if educators examined student data; designed professional learning to push the learning; were given time for both research and practice; and, additionally a time for collaboration and reflection?

‘Personalized Professional Learning’ delivers!

If I could get this thoughtful, step-by-step guide into the hands of more administrators, I would. From the first page to the last there is meaningful insight and useful tips, ideas, and documents to help any school/district transform professional learning in a skillful way that supports all teachers in the community.

Based on research and practical knowledge, having walk-the-walk, Rodman gives tangible solutions to the likely issues administrators will encounter throughout the professional learning arena. Starting with designing the vision and goals with a variety of stakeholders. Continuing with discussion with the team on what criteria fit the initiatives for all teachers. Ending with suitable technology for growing needed choice within the learning environment.

This book covers the change to professional learning for giving teacher’s a voice, in the same way teachers are striving to make learning personalized for their students.

I am not an administrator, but this guide inspires me to consider how I can make the most of the professional learning offered at my district and stretch beyond to find a supportive educator community with whom to collaborate. Definitely worth the read for anyone in education who knows the value in the classroom comes from the value in andragogy.

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Summer Reading Review #1: Personalized Professional Learning

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