|PIIC Hosts First PLO of 2015|
|Tuesday, 03 February 2015 13:02|
PIIC started 2015 with a bang by hosting the second Professional Learning Opportunity (PLO) of the school year on January 12-14, 2015 at The Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA. Over 140 coaches, administrators, IU PIIC Mentors, and Regional Mentor Coordinators (RMC) from 20 PIIC-participating Intermediate Units (IU) attended the three-day conference.
Ellen Eisenberg, PIIC Executive Director, welcomed the group on January 12 and facilitated a mixed group activity. Participants reviewed blogs from www.cultureofcoaching.blogspot.com and engaged in conversation with a partner based on what they read. Participants were randomly pre-assigned to tables, creating networking opportunities for participants across IUs.
Following the table talk session, participants attended preselected breakout sessions. Participants registered for breakout sessions prior to the PLO via an online registration form. Participants attended one of the following sessions:
After a short break, the day concluded with the general session, Coaching Teachers with Text Dependent Analysis (TDA), co-facilitated by Penn Literacy Network (PLN) Director Joe Ginotti and IU PIIC Mentor Diane Hubona. The general session was the first of two TDA sessions, a theme throughout the PLO.
Participants started day 2 with some time to reflect on the previous day’s learnings. Participants then moved into the first of two breakout sessions for the day. Participants preselected one of the following sessions:
Following the breakout sessions, participants attended Going Deeper into Text Dependent Analysis, a concurrent session where participants were divided into four rooms to delve further into TDAs. The concurrent session required eight facilitators, including IU PIIC Mentors Melissa Devlin, Kathleen Eich, Terri Lewis, Tish Hockensmith, Diane Hubona, Amy Walker, Teri Everett, and Jeremy Gabborin.
After lunch, participants attended their second breakout session for the day. Sessions offered included:
To close the session-filled day, mentors led IU Team Time, a session where coaches from each IU meet with their mentors and reflect on the PLO topics through the lens of instructional coaching. Coaches and mentors discussed what teacher knowledge and skills are necessary to enhance the instruction of TDAs and how coaches can use this information in their work with teachers.
Day 3 of the PLO returned to the theme from the September 2014 PLO, the Danielson Framework. Coaches and mentors discussed the Danielson Framework by identifying and sorting three current take-aways from the PLO into Danielson’s four domains. Participants also addressed how they can use the BDA cycle of consultation to work with colleagues around the Danielson Framework.
Participants then met in groups for a Birds of a Feather session, an activity where participants developed topics of interest throughout the PLO to continue their conversations with their colleagues. Following the Birds session, participants returned to their IU groups for Chat and Chew IU Team Time to plan professional development and professional learning around TDAs.
Feedback from the participants was positive:
Thank you and the PIIC team for orchestrating such a great opportunity for coaches from around PA to come together, collaborate, network and learn. I had a great experience there and look forward to coming again in May.
Every time I have the privilege of attending a PLO, I am able to see my role as a change agent in my district having more value. Being a part of something as powerful and meaningful as PIIC has allowed me to see the strength in questioning and coaching. Thank you for making this possible!
The mood and rapport was outstanding. PIIC individuals truly have a sense of pride, camaraderie, and persistence to educate and support growth in learning.
What an amazing opportunity to learn alongside such positive and dedicated educators!
You can read more feedback from this PLO on the Testimonials page. The PLO agenda is available on our Past Professional Learning Opportunities page. You can also find photos from the event in the PIIC Photo Gallery. Our next PIIC Professional Learning Opportunity will be May 4-6, 2015 at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA. Details can be found on our Events page.
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