On September 24-26, 2008, Association of California School Administrators held a professional development workshop (conference) titled Adult Education: Adult Schools Matter. Every year adult education administrators meet to share best practices and learn about the latest initiatives and directions from Adult Education Office, CDE.
Our Cohort 5 member, Martha Rankin, administrator from Newport Mesa USD Adult Education, held a workshop about the blog she started and maintains with the purpose of supporting a professional learning community at their school.
Here's a description of Martha's workshop:
Adult Education Matters! Building Professional Learning Community in a Web 2.0 World
You have heard the buzz; you have read the research. Professional learning communities and site-based PD are “best practices’ for continuous improvement and professional learning. But, how do you create and sustain a professional learning community in and adult school, where teachers are separated by time, space and content? Come learn how an innovative adult school builds its learning community, integrating key component such as: the first-of-its-kind adult education PLC blog, peer mentors, and bimonthly tam meetings…all on a shoe-string budget. Come away with ideas you can implement today and a renewed fire about site-based PD and hot it can transform our 21st century adult ed world.
Needless to say, Martha's workshop was a hit as our photos show.