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Implementation and Reinforcement Toolbox


Embedding Whitewater Learning® Professional Development (PD) into the Culture of Your Organization

If any initiative is to succeed, the leaders of the organization and those assigned to direct the process of shaping its success must model the way.

 Included in this toolbox are a number of potential tools that may be used by members of an organization to shape the implementation of Whitewater Learning online professional development


These same tools, adapted for the setting and age of participants, can be used to improve performance in PK-adult classrooms and other adult work applications.


 

  1. Make it Systemic
  • Remove barriers to successful implementation of professional development of educators using Whitewater Learning. If a blocker arises address it immediately.
  • Create groupings that enable time for members of a team to meet. Groupings may align with an individual’s primary purpose for participation in a particular year. Possible groupings:
    • By open periods during the workday.
    • By grade level.
    • By common “polishers” (improvement areas).
    • Those that prefer early morning or after school.
    • Those that form using electronic communication tools such as Skype or Go-to-Meeting to meet because their certification or interest is low frequency across the entire district or consortium of districts.
    • By non-tenure.
    • By those needing to renew a license.
    • By Badge.
    • By teams seeking university credit.
    • By those desiring to take a deep dive into a particular interest area.
  • Encourage groups to set a standing time to gather.
  • Identify the option or combination of options for module selection.
    • Option one: Members of a professional learning team decide if they will come to their learning group having flipped their review of content by watching the videos and support information prior to each session. Or, the team can agree that they will review it when assembled. Most layers take four to twelve minutes to review, with a full video made up of multiple layers requiring 30 – 60 minutes to watch.
    • Option two: The district, school, or individual creates a PD plan at the beginning of a time period such as the full school year determining expectations. Examples:
      • The school PD team or administration identifies one Whitewater Learning module per quarter to review, reflect, discuss and practice applications.
        • In this case, each professional development team meets once a week to discuss the end of layer reflection and applies one layer of a full module at each session.
    • Record accomplishment by charting what has been done and by whom.
    • Celebrate completion of content.
    • Incorporate ways to have fun!

 Glossary

module – the word used by Whitewater Learning to describe a “mini-course” of content. Each module will take three to six hours to complete all components if being used to earn clock hours for relicensing. However, a user can access information taking as little as a few minutes when seeking information for a specific purpose.

layer – there are multiple layers in all modules with a reflection at the end of each.

 stream – a content area. Whitewater Learning sorts its modules into 16 streams.

polisher – an improvement area.

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