Flipping Faculty Meetings and PD

Steven Anderson

Steven Anderson

As a former director of instructional technology, my job was to provide embedded technology professional development (PD) to a district of 4,000 teachers. Each day was filled with new and exciting challenges, trying to figure out how to best help our teachers understand technology and to integrate it into their teaching, while at the same time keeping the PD fresh and engaging. I’ve been a part of a lot of successful PD and a part of a lot of not so good PD, too.


The traditional forms of sit-and-get PD are giving way to MOOCs, webinars, Edcamps, and flipped learning. But what does this transition to innovative PD practices mean, and where can we find these new forms of professional development?

One idea that I’ve been thinking a lot about are flipped faculty meetings. I always heard that there wasn’t enough time before school, after school, or during the day to do professional development. So, I looked for ways at to reclaim some of that time. If we take the traditional staff meeting, many times the information shared is just “for your information” or things that could be posted to a blog, or sent in an e-mail. The idea of the flipped faculty meeting means the time normally spent on the boring stuff can be turned into a time to share, learn and grow, together, as a faculty. There are lots of ways information can be shared to capture that time back. Check out this blog post to learn more.

Faculty Meetings aren’t the only things we can flip. Traditional PD models can be flipped too, where work is done before to learn basic skills via video or through course work. Then face-to-face time is spent going deeper with that understanding, creating something, or looking at how the learning can be applied. The post on The Flip Side Of Professional Development really captures how to make this work and gives several examples.

Professional Development is more than just flipping the traditional models. There are a lot of new and exciting ways to take control of your own professional learning. The DIY Professional Development Kit from edutopia is full of ideas and resources you can use to drive your own learning. Everything from learning on Twitter to Unconference models and building a Personal Learning Network can be found there.

There has never been a better time to think about how to break free from boring professional development. With so much information being shared online and off, think about how you can take control of your learning today!

About the author:

Steven Anderson is @Web20Classroom on Twitter. Steven has been a teacher, an instructional technology integrator, speaker/presenter, and education leader. Today, he is an education evangelist at Promethean. Steven is a regular contributor to Connect Learning Today.

Steven Anderson

Steven Anderson is @Web20Classroom on Twitter. Steven is a teacher, an instructional technology integrator, speaker/presenter, and education leader. He will be a regular at Connect Learning Today.
One Comment
  • Brad P
    9 August 2014 at 5:32 pm -

    Steven: Thanks so much for your article on flipping PD. I really appreciate the new ideas. I plan on implementing them next week!