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TEL 431: Learning in Workplaces

L3 Activity

Standards for Professional Learning

Construct: Professional Learning
Name: Abigail Mattson
Date: March 31, 2017
Your Assigned Facilitator: McCulloch

NOTE: Please bold all your responses so nothing is missed when your work is assessed.

In this activity you will determine specific professional development goal(s), then seek to engage
in conversation with other professionals who might support your development in some way.

According to the article by Linton (n.d.), a professional learning community (PLC) is composed
of collaborative teams whose members work interdependently to achieve common goals linked
to the purpose of learning for all.
Linton, J. (n.d.). Building and maintaining an online professional learning community. Available

A PLC is a structure for continual growth and development, in collaboration with colleagues. In a
PLC, educators can talk about best practices, share data, and plan for innovations surrounding
areas they believe can be improved in a practice they share.

Professionals can benefit by expanding this idea beyond face-to-face interactions, or by

spanning geographical distances, through the use of digital tools for collaboration such as social
networks, discussion boards, etc., or even email.


During this lesson you have been learning about Professional Learning Standards. This activity
will support you learning more about those standards, through the use of a PLC.

First, determine one Professional Learning Standard you would like to explore more thoroughly
for this activity. This standard does not necessarily need to be the same one you are
investigating in your small group discussions.

Which standard did you select? Why? After you review leading forward web sources, define the
gist of this standard in your own words. (3 pts) I chose the standard Leadership for this
assignment. I feel that leadership is a very important concept that must be integrated
into our schools and into our workplaces. I believe that every person can be a leader. I
believe that every person can be coached to take ownership of things that are important
to them, and to be an example in their job or schools. Leadership is doing things the
way you would want them to be done to be an example of ownership, humility,
creativity, and good listening skills for other people. Leadership is giving your best in
everything you do. Leadership is not looking for credit or glory for yourself, but looking
out for the best interest of those around you. Leadership is inclusive, and it takes
everyones ideas and cultures into consideration.

Explain how this standard relates to your future target profession. What behaviors do
professionals who want to excel in this standard need to be good at? (3 pts) In my future target
profession, I will work with kids who are below grade level in reading, who have special
needs, or who have learning disabilities. Many, if not all, of these students will feel like
they are stupid or dumb. They might actually have been told that by teachers or peers. It
is my job to show these kids that they can be leaders that they could be a leader in
academics, but also in character. Professionals who excel in this standard are coaches,
mentors, and supervisors who use their skills, knowledge, and expertise to benefit their
team or organization. They set high standards and expectations, they use data to
demonstrate why new ideas are working or why new methods are needed, and they are
respectful. They also hold themselves accountable for results and work collaboratively
with others to create a vision for success.

In what way(s) will adopting the behaviors depicted in this standard help you grow as a
professional? Be specific. (75-100 words) (3 pts): The behaviors in this standard will make
me accountable to successful results, will teach me to work well with other people, will
show me how to coach and train others, and will allow me to use data to demonstrate
growth in my job. Working every shift with the mindset of a leader will help me grow as a
professional by giving me experiences where I must teach my team to a high standard.


When you graduate from ASU you will want to stay cutting edge. You will not want to rely on
your employer to provide professional development for you. Professionals who want to stay on
the cutting edge need to take on this responsibility themselves. One way to do that is through
internet-based collaborative tools

Your next step is to find at least three relevant online conversations that might help you learn
more about your area of inquiry, and to filter through those resources to gain some new insights
about your area of inquiry.

The Linton article you read provides an initial list of collaborative tools including wikispaces,
Twitter, Ning, Etherpad, and Google Drive. LinkedIn has groups, searchable posts, and articles
that also generate collaboration among professionals. Additionally, web sites for organizations
associated with your future target job may have discussion boards or social networks that relate
to your area of inquiry. For example, if your future target job is to be a professional developer,
Learning Forward, the association that promotes the Professional Learning Standards, has
discussions taking place on their web site that might be helpful to you. See

As related to your area of inquiry, explore 3 or more conversations about your area of inquiry
from 3 separate resources, each authored by professionals (e.g., professional blogs, LinkedIn
conversations,, Edutopia, etc.). List them here. (Add more rows to the table if
(9 pts):
Originator or URL By lurking, what new information did you
Sponsoring attain, and/or what insights did you gain,
Association about your standard?
(from 3 separate

Edutopia https://www.edutopia. Marium Rizvi shares three tips for

org/blog/teacher- teacher leadership. She says that
leadership-as- teachers should
professional- - continually improve their own skills
development-marium- - connect new ideas, tools, and
rizvi materials
- find ways to discuss each others
These strategies will help a department of
teachers become a team that works

International Literacy https://www.literacywo I learned that there are professional

Association development opportunities available that
cy- deal with both leadership and literacy. I
daily/2012/11/28/regie learned that there are teachers who have
-routman-hosts- created PLCs to discuss ways to lead
literacy-and- their school districts toward increased
leadership-institute-in- literacy and lower drop-out and failing-
january student rates.

Association for The authors share leadership principles

Supervision and ublications/educationa that apply to all areas of teaching. They
Curriculum l- stated, we cannot significantly improve
Development leadership/mar10/vol6 the literacy skills of adolescents without
7/num06/Literacy- comprehensive staff development (Brozo
Starts-with-the- & Fisher, 2010, p. 1). Among the
Teachers.aspx principles mentioned are offering teachers
new strategies, establishing teacher
empowerment forums, and varying the
formats of professional development.


As related to your area of inquiry, make 3 attempts to initiate new conversations, and/or extend
existing conversations, surrounding your area of inquiry (e.g., professional blogs, LinkedIn
conversations,, Edutopia, etc.). List them here. (Add more rows to the table if

(9 pts):
Date & Paste a screenshot of your If you received a URL to this
time of post. response, what did conversation
your initial you learn, as related
post to your area of

3/31/2017 Here is the

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contact other schools
to learn how they put
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What worked well for you related to the process of using the Web to engage in collegial
conversations with other professionals? Reflect about any successes and/or struggles. (150-200
words) (5 pts): When I first tried to find online forums with other professionals, I had a
hard time finding any forum I could join. I wanted to find forums or online communities
that were made up of literacy specialists and people who helped to incorporate
leadership into their schools curriculum. I did not end up finding communities of
professionals that had places where I could comment or contribute to a conversation.
When my search did not yield quick results, I decided to search for blogs that were
maintained by literacy teachers. This was where I found all three of the websites where I
was able to leave a comment. I got a lot of useful ideas from each blog, including some
suggestions for how to use a pull-out classroom space effectively. One teacher shared
her daily schedule, and described a push-in technique she used in 3rd- and 4th-grade
classrooms. I had never heard of this concept before, and would like to use it in my
future job.

word count: (165)

Describe the insights you gained through this investigation.. (100-125 words) (5 pts): I found
out several things through this investigation. First of all, I learned that there is an
organization that uses literacy to incorporate leadership into schools. The organization
hosts teacher professional development workshops, and they travel all over the country.
I would like to find out if they will host a workshop near me so I can attend. I also learned
about the concept of push-in, which means the time that a specialist teacher spends
observing in a general classroom. Finally, I gained some insight about the ways that
teachers can hone their own leadership skills, with a purpose of leading and helping

word count: (104)

Now that this inquiry process is complete, what new question(s) do you have related to this
particular standard? (4 pts): I would like to learn specific strategies and best practices for
incorporating leadership into entire schools. I worked at a school that was a Leader in
Me school in the past, and that used ideas and concepts from Stephen Coveys 7 Habits
of Highly Effective Leaders. I would like to know what schools in my area are using to
teach their students to be leaders, and I would also like to know how leadership relates
to anti-bullying campaigns in schools.

List 3 activities that will help you address this new area of inquiry. Explain your plan with
detail, including resources you wish to explore, individuals who might serve as mentors, or
organizations that might provide insight. (9 pts):

Detailed explanation of Resources that will help you Helpful mentors or

Activity (write in APA format) organizations

Literacy Leadership Activity: Alber, R. (2010). How Mentors:

In my new school, I will important is teaching literacy
address the concept of in all content areas? School District Literacy
literacy across the curriculum. Edutopia. Retrieved from Specialist Supervisor.
I will advocate that teachers
in all subject areas teach and /literacy-instruction-across- School Principal
model text annotation, ask curriculum-importance
students to read outside texts Organizations:
for homework and classwork, Vacca, R. T., & Vacca, J. L.
and integrate stories and (2005). Content area READ 180
writing into daily classroom learning: literacy and learning
time. I will meet with across the curriculum. Teach to Lead
teachers to coach them on Pearson Education.
the benefits of increased Retrieved from Edutopia blogs and articles
literacy and to teach them
how to annotate texts. This ml/productinfo/vacca8e/imag
activity will take place over es/0205410316_preface.pdf
the first three months of the
school year, as I work with Yost, S. (2014). Literacy
teachers, students, and leadership across the
school administration to curriculum. Teach to Lead.
integrate literacy in every Retrieved from
subject area.

Literacy Instruction Cromwell, S. (2006). Thirteen Mentors:

Workshop: For this activity, I strategies to improve reading
will host a one-day workshop performance. Education Fayette County School
in the local elementary World. Retrieved from District Data Analysis Team
school. The workshop will be
for teachers, school m/a_admin/admin/admin148. Fayette County Learning
volunteers, parents of shtml Specialist Department
students, and school
administration. I will share The Early Literacy Initiative Jarah B., advocate at
data from the school district (2012). The Governors Teaching Tolerance
about literacy scores and Office of Student
achievement, and will provide Achievement (no author). Organizations:
at least five new reading Retrieved from
strategies for teachers to Georgia Department of
integrate reading more into -literacy-initiative Education
their classrooms. I will do
two activities with attendees Georgia Governors Office
to promote engagement and
literacy awareness, and will Fayette County School
share research results about District
a focus on literacy and how it
positively affects students. Education World

Volunteer Literacy Instruction: Skill-Building Activity Cards Mentors:

For this activity, I will visit my Supplemental Materials.
local elementary school and (n.d.). Get Ready to Read (no Laura P., special education
ask a 2nd-grade teacher to author). Retrieved from teacher
identify two students who http://www.getreadytoread.or
would benefit from g/skill-building-activities/skill- Cassandra H., 4th-grade
supplemental literacy building-activity-cards- teacher
instruction. I will spend one supplemental-materials
hour per week with these two Ginger S., 5th-grade teacher
students after school. We will Student Activity Guides for
work on their literacy skills, Leadership. (n.d.). The Organizations:
for example, comprehension, Leader in Me (no author).
fluency, phonics, spelling, and Retrieved from The Leader in Me
grammar. We will also
discuss one leadership resources/student-activity- Get Ready to Read
concept per week. I will ask guides
them to give me examples of
times they acted as a leader
in the previous week.

Based on your list of 3 activities, take one action step now toward this new area of inquiry. What
did you do? Explain why you selected this particular action. What was the outcome? What are
your next steps going to be? (200-300 words) (10 pts): I went to the local elementary school
and talked with the principal about two students who would benefit from supplemental
literacy instruction. I told the principal that I am a college student, and that I would like
to become a literacy specialist or resource room teacher in the future. She shared about
the schools focus on literacy right now. She told me that her school has started to work
on their reading scores, but that they are in the process of hiring another literacy
specialist. She told me that there are many students who need supplemental help and
that I am welcome any time. She paired me with two 2nd-graders. Their names are Will H.
and Sarah W. She asked that I work with Sarah after school and with Will during school,
because Will rides the bus. He would not be able to get a ride from his guardian if we
read together after school. While I was at the school, I had the chance to meet the
current resource room teacher. She was very encouraging, and shared some of what she
has learned during her last four years of teaching. She told me that I could come and
observe her classroom during the school day. It was a very positive outcome. This week
is spring break in the Fayette County Schools, but I plan to start with both Will and Sarah
next week. My next step will be to email the literacy specialist to set up a time to observe
her classroom. I will also put together two short activities for Will and Sarah so that I can
get to know them when we meet next week.

word count: (278)

References (10 pts)

Alber, R. (2010). How important is teaching literacy in all content areas? Edutopia. Retrieved

Brozo, W. G., & Fisher, D. (2010). Literacy starts with the teachers. Association for Supervision
and Curriculum Development. Retrieved from

Cromwell, S. (2006). Thirteen strategies to improve reading performance. Education World.

Retrieved from

Guensberg, C. (2006). The word of the day at this school is literacy. Edutopia. Retrieved from

Linton, J. (n.d.). Building and maintaining an online professional learning community. Available

Melissa. (2014). A day our way: the life of a reading specialist. Dont Let the Teacher Stay Up
Late. Retrieved from

Rebecca. (2011). Tour of my reading intervention classroom. The Joy of Literacy (blog).
Retrieved from

Regie Routman Hosts Literacy and Leadership Institute in January. (2012). International
Literacy Association (no author). Retrieved from

Rizvi, M. (2016). Teacher leadership as professional development. Edutopia. Retrieved from

Skill-Building Activity Cards Supplemental Materials. (n.d.). Get Ready to Read (no author).
Retrieved from
Student Activity Guides for Leadership. (n.d.). The Leader in Me (no author). Retrieved from

The Early Literacy Initiative (2012). The Governors Office of Student Achievement (no author).
Retrieved from

Vacca, R. T., & Vacca, J. L. (2005). Content area learning: literacy and learning across the
curriculum. Pearson Education. Retrieved from

Yost, S. (2014). Literacy leadership across the curriculum. Teach to Lead. Retrieved from

Professional presentation (professional language, grammar, spelling, word count) (10

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