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Thursday, November 18 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Branching Growth: A Progressive and Differentiated Approach to Professional Learning

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After years of sit-and-get PD for all staff on the same topic at the same time, the Freeport SD 145 C&I team, led by Dr. Julia Cloat, decided to shift to a format based on the diverse needs of our teaching staff inspired by the belief that "if you build it, they will come!"

Dividing professional learning into four progressions, or categories, staff were able to participate in learning that met their specific needs and interests aligned to personal, building, and district goals. The Branching Growth model resulted in a dramatic increase of staff participation in district institute days, learning cohorts outside of contract hours, and nearly 30% of staff signing up for an optional weeklong learning institute in the summer!

Attendees in this session will have the opportunity to experience the four progressions of the Branching Growth model and walk away with a plan on how to implement this in their buildings, districts, or organizations!

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Alex T. Valencic

Professional Learning Coordinator, District Office
Alex Valencic is an educator, former small business owner, Boy Scout, volunteer drug prevention specialist, unrepentant bibliophile, and a geek of all things. Although his professional teaching career began in 2008, he likes to say that he started teaching when he was just thirteen... Read More →
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Julia Cloat

Assistant Superintendent, District

Thursday November 18, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Plaza A