Teacher Education and Professional Development Webinar Series: Best Practices and Lessons Learned | MIT J-WEL

Teacher Education and Professional Development Webinar Series: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

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In our new Teacher Education and Professional Development Webinar Series, J-WEL members and the MIT community will come together to share their approaches to professional development for teachers.

Guest speakers will share their organization’s approaches to professional development (PD) for educators, their program's goals, and any insights and best practices that have emerged due to COVID-19. Our expert speakers will share not only current opportunities and challenges in teacher education and professional development, but how they envision the future for educators. This series is interactive, and all sessions will include time for discussion and Q&A. All sessions are open to both the public and members of J-WEL.

Tuesday, 1/26: Sharing Approaches to Teacher Professional Development
Thursday, 2/4: Promoting Agency in Teacher Education and Development
Wednesday, 2/24: Teacher Prep at MIT
Tuesday, 3/9: Designing Professional Growth Opportunities for Educators
Thursday, 3/18: Reimagining Teacher Preparation at the High Meadows Graduate School: A Competency-Based Model



Dr. Stacy Hawthorne
Director of Online Learning
The Davidson Academy

Dr. Jessica Potts
Online Curriculum Coordinator
Humanities Instructor
The Davidson Academy

 

Sharing Approaches to Teacher Professional Development

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

View the recorded webinar here

Webinar Description: 
Professional Development at Davidson Academy Online is as personalized and differentiated as the curriculum offered to their students. Administrators at Davidson Academy Online are able to utilize educational technology to revolutionize and personalize observations and course reviews, and the transparent nature of virtual classrooms allows for a more collaborative and teacher-led experience. Throughout this webinar, we will describe our PD processes and offer suggestions for adaptation and implementation of our techniques.

Speaker Biographies: 
Dr. Stacy Hawthorne
Dr. Jessica Potts



Dr. Edizon Fermin
Vice President for Academic Affairs
National Teachers College

Noel Jeffrey Torregoza
Director of Learning and Development
Center for Education Innovation
National Teachers College

 

Promoting Agency in Teacher Education and Development

Thursday, February 4, 2021
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET

View the recorded webinar here.


Webinar Description: 
Against the historical and regulatory backdrop of teacher education and development in the Philippines, the session illustrates how National Teachers College is responding uniquely to the need of establishing a culture of agency among pre-service and in-service teachers. The relationship of outcomes-driven learning experience design and employability-oriented delivery and assessment informs our approach to training. This also places emphasis on making the experience fun and frustration-free even for under-resourced teachers. How engagement is sustained using this framework in view of conditions of remote learning during the pandemic and perhaps, even beyond, will also be articulated in the hope of addressing issues of sustainability and scalability.

Speaker Biographies: 
Dr. Edizon Fermin
Noel Jeffrey Torregoza



Jennifer Gardony
Program Manager
Scheller Teacher Education Program, MIT

 

Teacher Prep at MIT

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. ET

View the recorded webinar here.

Webinar Description: 
In this session, Jennifer Gardony, Program Manager for the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program, talks about the unique way that MIT prepares undergraduates for their teaching career. She will touch on some of the challenges inherent in this work, and how her team is able to make adaptations to overcome these challenges. She will also speak about how Scheller's relationship with other colleges and labs within MIT strengthens their teacher training program.

Speaker Biographies: 
Jennifer Gardony 



Dr. Stephanie Couch
Executive Director
Lemelson-MIT Program


Dr. Leigh Estabrooks
Invention Education Officer
Lemelson-MIT Program

 

Designing Professional Growth Opportunities for Educators

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. ET

Register here

Webinar Description:
The Lemelson-MIT program has a 16-year history of helping educators learn ways of supporting the development of young inventors. This workshop will explore essential elements of the opportunities for learning afforded to educators during LMIT sponsored professional development sessions.

Speaker Biographies:
Dr. Stephanie Couch
Dr. Leigh Estabrooks



Dr. Courtney Castle
Director of Assessment
High Meadows Graduate School


Dr. Anjali Deshpande
Faculty Mentor in Mathematics
High Meadows Graduate School


Dr. Peter Laipson
Chief Academic Officer
High Meadows Graduate School of Teaching & Learning


Dr. Julianna Stockton
Faculty Mentor in Mathematics
High Meadows Graduate School



 
 

Reimagining Teacher Preparation at the High Meadows Graduate School: A Competency-Based Model

Thursday, March 18, 2021
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. ET

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Webinar Description: 
The High Meadows Graduate School of Teaching and Learning, a new competency-based teacher education program built in collaboration with MIT, is reenvisioning the way that educators are prepared. This webinar will introduce the Graduate School's structure, including its competencies, with a particular focus on how we approach the competency of 'Teaching for Justice'; its distinctive challenge-based curriculum; its approach to assessment; and its approach to design and iteration.

Speaker Biographies:
Dr. Courtney Castle
Dr. Anjali Deshpande
Dr. Peter Laipson
Dr. Julianna Stockton 
     
     
Date & Time: 
Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00
Audience: