Next generation learning requires a different kind of instruction in a different kind of learning environment with new roles for educators. It demands a new mindset and different skills for faculty, counselors and advisors, and administrators. Few educators enter breakthrough model schools and degree programs with prior experiences in redesigned learning environments. But formal preparation for next generation teaching and learning is nascent. And traditional professional development falls short in filling this need.
Next gen professional learning is built upon the research of adult learning and mirrors the core principles of next gen learning for students: agency, self-direction, and high-quality content personalized to educators’ strengths and needs. The learning is ongoing, iterative, collaborative, focused on mastering competencies through authentic experiences, and data-driven. Micro-credentials, coaching, job-embedded learning, and design thinking are shaping the future of professional learning for educators.
The resources here provide an on-ramp to the specific and unique competencies required of next generation educators, strategies for providing professional learning opportunities, and new structures to invest in educators and recognize their learning. We know that when educators are thoroughly prepared to take on their essential role in next gen learning—and when they experience authentic, continuous, and deep learning—that’s when next gen learning thrives.
Resources on Professional Learning
- Higher Ed
- SXSWedu 2017: Teachers Are Learners, Too
- Barnett Berry, Center for Teaching Quality, November 2016.
- Innovation brief sharing the strategies and tools of hiring for mindset used by Da Vinci Schools & Generation Schools Network
- SRI International, September 2016. New research examines communities for educators engaged in making to help better support and connect the growing maker movement in education.
- National Commission on Teaching & America's Future, 2016. A compelling argument to reorganize schools in ways that support teaching, drive learning, and provide every student with a strong foundation to build a bright future.
- Learning Forward & NCTAF, 2016
- by Thomas Arnett, Christensen Institute, June 2015. Case studies of three charter organizations created their own teacher certification and master's degree programs.
- Getting Smart and Digital Promise, May 2015
- Liz Arney, Feb 2105. A practical guide for educators interested in initiating a blended learning program. (Book)
- iNACOL & The Learning Accelerator, February 2015. Responds to the question, "What are the key characteristics of teachers in successful blended learning environments?"
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2014.
- Generation Schools Network, 2014. The Generation Schools Network model benefits teachers while it simultaneously improves personalized classroom instruction.
- Personalized playlist-driven PD for teachers in blended, mastery-based learning EAA schools
- This 2-page brief describes the partnership between Piedmont City Schools & Jacksonville State University to prepare teachers for personalized learning
- The Blended Learning Toolkit clearinghouse of OER tools, strategies, and curricula to support the adoption of blended learning is now accessed globally
- EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, August 2014. Digital badges enable professional communities to identify new competency areas and recognize mastery or demonstration of those competencies.
- The collaborative, faculty-driven process to develop the curriculum for Texas Affordable Baccalaureate
- Getting Smart, April 2014. By Karen Cator, Carri Schneider & Tom Vander Ark
- Developed by the Learning Futures project in partnership with High Tech High, this guide offers step-by-step advice on managing extended, interdisciplinary projects
- A toolkit to create a campus-based event to engage your institution in dialogue about new models
- This toolkit from NGLC and iNACOL is for K-12 district, charter, and school leaders to use in the very early stages of conceptualizing and designing a next gen learning program, initiative, or school
- Aspire Public Schools, July 2013. Practical step-by-step guide for a classroom rotation model.
Professional Learning Grant Recipients
K-12 Breakthrough Models
HS students advance from beginner to professional at their own pace
This HS integrates online learning, dynamic project-based learning, college courses & internships
Turnaround partnership with Denver Public Schools; uses extended learning time without adding costs
Blending personalized online and tutoring-based learning
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- Grant Opportunities
- Assessment for Learning Project
- Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools
- Center for Collaborative Education, Massachusetts
- CityBridge Education, Washington, D.C.
- LEAP Innovations, Chicago, Ill.
- New England Secondary School Consortium
- New Schools for New Orleans
- Rogers Family Foundation, Oakland, Calif.
- The Colorado Coalition
- Funding Framework
- Grant Recipients
- Grant Opportunities