Engage in continuous learning to deepen professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in organizational change and leadership, project management, and adult learning to improve professional practice.
Most notably, my dedication to continual learning in order to deepen my knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities is seen through my work for my Digital Education Leadership master’s program. This program has provided valuable learning experiences, helped me develop a toolbox digital leadership skills, and has helped me connect with other great leaders in digital education. Additionally, I am in the progress of earning my library endorsement, also through Seattle Pacific University, and this program is refreshingly aligned with the leadership and content expectations I have worked to achieve in my DEL program.
I have taken opportunities to bring this learning to my school and district by helping to facilitate a pineapple protocol to establish deeper collaboration among educators. The idea of Pineappling, as we call it at my school, was inspired by a post written by Jennifer Gonzalez on her blog Cult of Pedagogy titled “How Pineapple Charts Revolutionize Professional Development”. The idea behind Pineappling is that, since a pineapple is a symbol of hospitality, those who sign up to Pineapple are inviting others into their classroom during the school day. We started this process with the English department at my school and used a shared Google Document to create a calendar. This method had some issues (mostly people forgetting to sign up) so I created pineapples for teachers to put on their doors. If a pineapple is on the door, other teacher can pop in and informally observe and interact with another’s teaching. We are still refining this process but hope to get more school-wide involvement next year.
Additionally, I have had the chance to participate in learning walks in my district, facilitated by the secondary instructional coaches. For a learning walk, participants get to spend the day observing other teachers as they go about their day. I had the chance to participate last year and got to watch teachers of various grade levels teach English, drama, and forensics. I have also hosted several teachers in my classroom.. The goal of a learning walk is to learn, not critique, and participants take notes during their day and then reflect on what they saw.