#Whatif boring faculty meetings turned into variable, flexible spaces where teachers got to collaboratively problem solve issues that were pressing them?
#Whatif agenda-driven meetings that could be communicated via email were transformed into learning environments that could be theme based and focused on improving instruction, assessment, and/or curriculum?
#Whatif top-down leadership in schools was replaced with a distributive leadership model?
#Whatif it wasn't that hard to do? What's stopping you?
Using the EdCamp model for ALL professional development creates a level of community ownership of the school's professional learning. Faculty meetings; PLC times; district-driven workshop days... etc. All PD could be structured around an EdCamp framework that puts the core user (the teacher) at the... well... core. PD shouldn't be decided upon the top of Mt. Administrator; it should be decided upon democratically by the people to whom it most directly effects: the teachers.
For an example of how this works, look at the October 2015 workshop day for the HS in my district (edcampdrhs.weebly.com). We did this, and the feedback was so overwhelmingly positive and powerful, that there is no going back now.
To #ReImaginePD, we must first understand who controls PD now. It is mostly in the hands of the administrators. Let's put it into the hands of the teachers using an empathy-fueled, teacher-centered model: the EdCamp.
For more info on EdCamps, go to www.edcamp.wikispaces.com, or www.edcamp.org