Author Archives: Deb Porcarelli
Teachers need ongoing quality professional learning opportunities. I am motivated to see teachers grow and learn, and to have the AIMS Center for Math and Science Education offer professional learning opportunities that help them. It is our goal to help schools and districts attain the highest possible levels of student performance, achievement, and learning. Words and phrases like ongoing, job-embedded, timely, hands-on, and follow-up swirl around in my head, triggering that motivation. As AIMS’ Director of Professional Learning I am dedicated to understanding and knowing the research-based practices that will guide me to create and deliver a model of professional learning best fitting the needs of clients.
As an external provider of math and science professional learning, my charge is to be reflective, have awareness, and gain knowledge while creating a new model of professional learning to be put in to practice by our facilitators. As I work to accomplish this goal, I will dedicate my time to ensure that any professional learning partnerships directly lead to higher student achievement. Successfully helping teachers make a difference in student growth warms my heart and speaks to the core of my professionalism. I want to make sure that AIMS continues to offer and facilitate top quality professional learning well into the future.
Ensuring that students have well-educated teachers makes their future potential bright. Let’s accomplish this by establish a culture where having job embedded, ongoing, timely, and hands-on professional learning is a central strategy. It would please me to never be asked for a for a one day workshop ever again, because professional learning without follow-up should be considered malpractice, and good implementation must have support.
This is the second of my Teachable Points of View (TPOV) posts. As a member of Learning Forward Academy’s class of 2019, we have been asked to write and share three of our TPOVs. It has been a great exercise to write about and share the ideas that are at the core of my… Continue Reading
I hope you enjoy this and the following two blog posts. I plan to share three of my own Teachable Points of View (TPOV) in these posts. As a member of Learning Forward’s Academy class of 2019, we have been asked to write and share three of our TPOVs. It has been a great exercise… Continue Reading
When I started writing this, I was on a plane headed to Indiana. I was going to spend a day working with a small group of primary teachers, sharing AIMS hands-on math tasks with them. I’ve prepared countless workshops, but every time I head out to do another, I get excited. Each time I anticipate… Continue Reading
Welcome to 2018! Have you written new professional goals for this year? If you are a teacher, I bet your goals may ultimately be linked to increasing student achievement. As an educator, my ultimate goal is for all students to achieve everything possible within their academic grasp. That means I need to reevaluate and revise… Continue Reading
Feedback is essential to creating purposeful professional learning experiences. Why not use a method to receive it immediately, allowing you to know more about the participants and what their thoughts and needs are. Even better, displaying real-time feedback from participants during professional learning is easy to do. Recently, I was introduced to a real-time feedback… Continue Reading
The period of time after lunch in a workshop setting with adults can be a little hard to predict. Some might say that period could be referred to as the black hole. It’s a difficult time for collaborating or learning or getting work done. Why? Mainly because everyone’s digestive processes are using too much energy… Continue Reading
My time at the 2017 Learning Forward annual conference was awesome. Looking through my notes, I am happy, full of information, and ready to tackle my professional work with rejuvenated passion. This conference is the gift that keeps my own professional learning energized. Here is something that resonated with me and will help me as… Continue Reading
I am in Orlando, Florida this week working on my own professional learning at the 2017 Learning Forward (LF) annual conference (https://learningforward.org/). Tis the season for this educator to learn and grow with colleagues. It is a week where we immerse ourselves in a like-minded culture. We are behind the curtain of Professional Learning to… Continue Reading
I was excited to see a recent email from the National Science Teachers Association with the headline, “Congratulations New Mexico for Adopting the NGSS.” To date, 20 states, along with the District of Columbia, have officially adopted the Next Generation Science Standards. As an educator who holds science close to my heart, it is very… Continue Reading