Grantee Discussion: How did you continue group professional development after your funded year?

Group Learning & Leadership Grants have allowed many of you and your colleagues to explore education theory and practice at a depth that may not have been possible without the support of outside funding. How were you able to continue this type of group professional development beyond the life of the grant? Were there noteworthy obstacles to continuing this learning?

Share your thoughts below.


Erica Kogel
May 25, 2012 @ 3:30 PM
The NEA grant has allowed us to use utilize 21st century skills to promote speech and language acquisition. We have continued to explore the outlets across other skill sets fine motor development, cognition, and problem solving. The kids have loved it and the teachers are seeing and increased motivation and drive to learn.
Deanna Murphy
May 25, 2012 @ 6:41 PM
The NEA grant allowed us to continue and expand data driven instruction. We used higher level thinking strategies to incease our test scores. We evaluate test scores regularly through newly formed PLCs. We formed these on both grade level teams and content area teams. Teacher Leaders meet regularly to discuss, evaluate and change curriculum to make it more effective for students. We do this using the data collected.
Catherine Hawkins
May 27, 2012 @ 5:28 PM
The NEA grant I received a few years ago allowed me to learn more about how to reach our gifted population. It also started a wonderful partnership with all our teachers at our school about reaching the GT students. We have worked together and meet on a regular basis. This year we have also decided to bring in some additional training for our staff and staff of two other schools on specific training to meet the needs of the GT student. I feel that the NEA grant helped me and our staff to bring this disucssion to the forefront and to collaborate together to meet the needs of the students! I see that each year we are stronger and more aware of all our students needs!
Gala Gates
June 7, 2012 @ 6:01 PM
I plan to offer the PD as a webinar, so that I can reach more teachers. Using resources from musuems, archives and libraries and using Google Maps, we can explore the history of the city online and discuss how to these resources in the classroom. The NEA grant has really helped me and the other teachers involved use locla history to engage students.

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