2015 Power To The People 2

Steven Dunlap

Riverside Unified School District
2015 Winner for Power to the People Award (Tie)
About Power to the People Award

Empowers teachers, students and other administrators to take on leadership roles and participate actively in system-wide innovation.

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In March of 2015, teachers at Riverside Unified School District requested that the district provide one day of professional learning at the start of the 15-16 school year focussed around instructional technology. The request included the desire to have teacher voice and choice play a significant role in the design of the day. In April, RUSD’s Innovation and Learner Engagement Department sent out a survey to all 1,900 RUSD teachers asking them what they wanted to learn about in terms of instructional technology. The data produced from that survey acted as a guide to the design and development of more than 100 unique sessions. The sessions were uploaded in to Sched.org and teachers had complete control over what sessions they would attend at the August 19th PD Day. In order to accommodate the number of sessions, the Innovation Department relied on district teachers with specific expertise to design and deliver the sessions. This was yet another opportunity for teachers to have a voice in the design of the day. Over the summer, the department and teachers worked to design sessions that would meet the needs expressed in the earlier survey. Session designers also created screencasts of their sessions and uploaded them to the District’s learning management system. This would allow teachers to access the materials anytime throughout the school year. This ensured that these would not simply be “sit and get” sessions, but that their impact would last far beyond the day itself. The feedback from the day was overwhelmingly positive. When asked about the sessions, over 95% indicated that the content, resources and presenter were “good” or “very good”. It truly was the beginning of a new direction for professional learning in RUSD. The concepts of teacher voice and choice can no longer be ignored.

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The August 19th professional learning day incorporated teacher voice and choice in a way that has not been in seen RUSD before. In the past, professional development was decided for teachers and little input was used in the design and delivery of professional learning. This day has acted as a catalyst to further explore how teacher choice can be incorporated into how the district approaches the growth and development of its staff. The feedback that was gathered at the end of each session was far and away the most positive we have ever received. Over 95% of participants reported the content, resources, and presenter were either “good” or “very good.” This positive feedback has been attributed to the fact that teachers has complete control over the sessions they chose to attend. In addition to the fantastic sessions put on by our teachers, the fact that all the resources and a screencast of each session are available on the District’s learning management system. This means that all teachers will have access to all the session throughout the year. This sustainable resource ensures that the learning does not simply end on the PD Day, but will continue. This unique opportunity has breathed new life into our teachers and the district as a whole. The future of professional learning will be forever changed in RUSD due to the success and impact this day has had on our staff.

Tie Winner for Power to the People Award

Roger Cook