PTL 101 Conference SEATAC, WA | June, 2009
Educators from Washington and Missouri school districts were in attendance as we kicked off the June, 2009 Seattle Powerful Teaching and Learning Conference.
Dr. Duane Baker, President of The BERC Group, introduced us to Powerful Teaching and Learning and told the story of its conception. Scientific research and statistical analysis has shown that student-centered teaching that builds conceptual skills and knowledge, shows evidence of metacognition and personal reflection, is relevant to the learners and is supported by strong relationships enhances achievement in all students. This is Powerful Teaching and Learning.
The goal of the conference is to inform, inspire and improve our teaching practices. Understanding why Powerful Teaching and Learning is important and how to integrate it into lesson plans are key components to professional development. Through video simulations followed by collaboration and reflection, teachers gain hands on experience in how to look for Powerful Teaching and Learning. Questions we reflected on included:
Day Two of the Seattle Powerful Teaching and Learning conference was all about Professional Learning Communities. After focusing on personal practices in Day One we moved into team building because for lasting change to occur, we need support through strong professional relationships. Professional Learning Communities provide a trusting environment focused on improvement. The necessity for constructive relationships extends beyond colleagues and also includes administrators.
Essential questions for reflection today included: