Professional Learning

Summertime PD: Engage in New Personal Learning Experiences

The do-it-yourself (DIY) craze has taken hold of everything from home improvement to crafts. DIY is the activity of doing or making something without the direct aid of experts or professionals. Summer is a great time to create a DIY professional development plan. Regardless if the personal learning is a new instructional strategy or pursuing a new hobby, we have great resources to share with you.

Through social media, popular blogs, eLearning and webinars, you can take ownership of your personal learning and find professional development opportunities that weren’t possible a decade ago. Spend some time this summer connecting with like-minded individuals across the globe, reading about best practices and new trends in education, and sharing your experiences with friends and colleagues.

Ice cream trucks are a lot like MOOCs … serving up lots of variety to people everywhere

By taking advantage of opportunities to connect with colleagues, both face-to-face and virtually, you can grow and nourish your personal learning network. Then, when school resumes in the fall, you’ll have an expanded brain trust to draw on when you need help finding resources, want access to experts, or desire feedback from trusted colleagues.


You might spend the school year stapling student work to bulletin boards but over the summer it is time to start pinning in Pinterest. Pinterest is an educator’s dream come true because of its many options for curating and sharing ideas, displaying student work, and building a professional learning network. This electronic bulletin board allows you to pin photos into collections called boards which serve as big catalogs of objects. Pinterest is a place where you can go to get ideas for any project or interest in your life. These boards are not just for recipes and home improvement ideas – try searching for the term “formative assessment” and enjoy a plethora of exit ticket images to spark your curiosity!


Have you ever dreamed of taking a course at Harvard? Well now you can and, best of all, it is FREE! A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a free web-delivered course designed for large numbers of geographically dispersed students. For teachers, MOOCs can be a fun and engaging way to expand expertise and gain new skills. Depending on the course, you may need to listen to or read lectures and some classes may have optional assignments to be completed online. Search the MOOC List for a course and join this growing movement of do-it-yourself personal learners!

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