“This post is week 2 of 8 in the 8 Weeks of Summer Blog Challenge for educators.”
Week 2 Prompt:
Share the most important/impactful professional learning in which you have participated, so far. How did it impact your practice moving forward?
The most impactful professional learning I have participated in, to date, has been participating in the Learning Forward Academy.
First of all, Learning Forward is the only professional organization designed specifically for those who are in the business of leading professional learning. The Academy is a two and half year continuous learning process that utilizes the model of inquiry and problem based learning to support Academy members in solving a significant problem within their organization.
Participating in the Academy changed me...profoundly.
It deeply impacted my beliefs and my professional practice - especially around change and initiating sustainable change. It provided a collaborative and supported environment to engage in deep, real work while learning to fully embed the Learning Forward Standards. I'm not going to lie...there were moments of real cognitive struggle during this process. But I (was) pushed forward. My team members, my coaches, my personal drive all pushed me forward. And I learned and I became...different.
Change doesn't occur without learning. Learning doesn't occur without a substantial change in knowledge, skills, beliefs and aspirations. Change in beliefs leads to changes in practice. Change in practices leads to different outcomes for kids. That's the goal. That's my purpose.