It is VERY hard to provide learner-centered instruction if you have never experienced it!
NCS professional development is based on contemporary learning theories and designed to advance K-12 and college students’ learning by helping their teachers and instructors to implement self-regulated and student-centered learning practices to their instruction. Education professionals cannot afford not to update their skills, and the professional development - just like ALL learning - is most effective when it is meaningful and enjoyable, and fosters learner agency (Priestley, Biesta, Robinson, 2014). This is why learner-centerd PD is so important!
The contemporary model of leading adult learning combines:
- self-directed learning and
Many currently used professional development models are characterized with outdated learning theories and approaches. Learning-oriented leadership is needed to make a difference, and one part of this is engaging faculty in meaningful professional development (Drago-Severson, 2009). The goal is to engage teachers and instructors in learner-centered professional development. In order to improve the educational outcomes instructors and teachers must be provided with meaningful learning opportunities! "In a world where old norms have frayed and expectations changed, it has become increasingly difficult to justify the industrial-era organization of schooling" (Hess, 2006, p.7).
So, let's change the professional development! Let me know what your isntructors need!
Drago-Severson, E. (2009). Leading adult learning: Supporting adult development in our schools. Corwin Press.
Hess, F. M. (Ed.). (2006). Educational entrepreneurship: Realities, challenges, possibilities. Harvard Education Press.
Priestley, M., Biesta,G., & Robinson, S. (2014). Teacher agency: what is it and why does it matter?