BYOPD

Build Your Own Professional Development

 
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What is it?

iSchool Initiative understands that one size does not fit all. That is why we have developed our very own, unique model for customizing professional development.  We call it BYOPD, or, Build Your Own Professional Development.

Objective: Create an environment that builds excitement for learning with technology and a desire to explore more.

Outcomes:

  1. Provide best practices on using technology in the classroom today

  2. Leave audience with a desire to explore on their own

  3. Develop training that fits the needs of the school/district

We know that every school and district is different. They have different learning goals, different adoption timelines, and different reasons for wanting or needing professional development. We also know that if we want our professional development to be meaningful, engaging, and impactful, it needs to be custom tailored to the teachers and the students of each school. It allows administrators to piece together just the workshops they need to target specific areas. Our training is built by selecting from the following criteria:

Role

  • Primary Teachers
  • Secondary Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Students

Content

  • Subject
  • Pedagogy
  • Technology
  • Skill Sets

Culture

  • Anchors
  • Sailboats
  • Tugboats

Why is this program important?

“If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It is predicted that there will be over ten billion mobile devices in the world in the next 5 years. Technology has become an essential and inevitable part of our classroom today, but putting it in the classroom is only half the battle. Once you have your technology initiative in place, how do you empower your stakeholders to buy in? How do you inspire teachers to change their classroom? How do you help students leverage technology to prepare them for the work force? iSchool Initiative’s Professional Development is a unique approach to tackling these challenges.

We have trained over 200,000 teachers, students, and administrators!

iSchool Initiative helped our school system begin the implementation of our BYOD pilot program this spring. Next fall, every district middle and high school will have BYOD. Our administrators were far more prepared to move this forward after iSchool Initiative presented to our leadership team. I would recommend to any school administrator that is serious about 21st century learning to invite iSchool Initiative to your school or system for a presentation on the power of digital learning.
— Dr. Jeff Bearden, Fayette County Superintendent of Schools