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Active learning in remote professional learning opportunities

Active learning for educators:1

  • Engages educators as active, rather than passive, participants
  • Requires educators to design and practice focal teaching strategies as part of the professional learning opportunity
  • Involves interactive activities and authentic classroom artifacts
  • Is relevant to teachers' classroom contexts
  • Is embedded in teachers' ongoing practice
  • Is research-based and associated with improved student outcomes

Examples include:2

  • Coaching to support specific skills
  • Ongoing feedback on teacher practice
  • Analyzing and reflecting on new teaching strategies
  • Engaging teachers in the same learning approaches that their students will use
  • Analyzing teaching materials to determine how best to use them and to identify potential challenges
  • Practicing new teaching strategies or materials by role-playing with colleagues
  • Collaboratively analyzing student work, lesson plans, or case studies
  • Reflecting on what was learned in the professional learning opportunity and how it can impact students

1 Darling-Hammond, Hyler & Gardner. (2017). Professional Development Models and Outcomes for Science Teachers. Wh​at Works in Professional Development? The National Science Foundation and the Center for Astrophysics.

2 Darling-Hammond, Hyler & Gardner. (2017).