A Teachers' University for Continuing Your Learning

What if PD acted like college, where you could choose classes or courses that interested you, according to your individual needs?

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Here in San Francisco there's an organization called Bay Area Video Coalition. They provide classes (weekends, nights, and days) about everything from video recording to website programming. I've taken a few classes there. It's been a rewarding experience and the first time since college that I took actual "classes", with instructors and lessons that provide hands-on experience. And posts during the Discover phase like Laura's "PD Like Burger King: Have It Your Way" got me thinking that it would be awesome if there was a similar school/university/opportunity for teachers to choose "classes" according to their needs as part of their PD.

I'm imagining classes like:

• Classroom Management 101
• Teaching Electives, for and by Electives Teachers
• Or Powerful Pedagogy 

Maybe there's an existing model similar to this idea. But I wanted to make sure to add this idea to the Collaboration. Both because I think it could be a great way to provide choice, and to create empathy for students in the classroom.

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We have been trying to do this in our school but I keep running into lack of resources to get it going.  Special Education has training through SELPAs ( This is a CA for thing) that keeps learning going and hones in on skills that need to be developed.  It is hard to travel though and sometimes the skills you need to develop are in a location far away.  I like the idea of recording- I am envisioning kind of a Khan Academy  or Coursera for teacher learning.  If a community was built, then resources could be shared.   

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Laura, thanks for the feedback. I think your idea of a Kahn or Coursera for teacher learning would be a great idea to post here on the Guild. I imagine other teachers here could help team up with you to think about how to overcome some of the roadblocks. 

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Love the shared resources idea - What if instead of having a centralized place where these courses are created  and curated- we instead had a centralized place where they are simply uploaded and accessed. Individuals create the course and post it there (maybe there is a common format -template or structure to keep everything from becoming a zoo). I love the idea of teachers creating learning for teachers - and maybe the only missing component is a place for it to happen.

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Great idea Chris. I especially like that it would be curated by teachers. Maybe you know what I'm going to say next: you should add that as an idea! :) 

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Hi Chris - I have been thinking about this a lot. I think the common place or holding tank for ideas would need to be moderated as well.  My concern would be that people would start throwing up stuff and it may not be correct.  The thing I was thinking of is the items need to be attention grabbing. I keep going back to Khan Academy and Coursera to try and think how that can be meshed and pertain to teachers.  So for example how can I adequately do short segments of ed benefit- that will hold someones attention and really help  a teacher understand the how and the why.  Maybe I am over thinking it.

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