I was excited to share more about the district-wide PLN and PLNs, in general, at the November TD Catalyst Meeting. I was even more excited to present with someone from my PLN! Romain Bertrand is a Multi-Classroom Leader at Ranson Middle School. Since the district-wide PLN has launched, Romain has been one of its biggest supporters! He was the second person to contribute a blog post to our district blog and we quickly became part of each other's PLNs which eventually turned into a friendship. Our paths may not have crossed otherwise and now we are learning from one another and joining forces to teach teachers in our districts about the power of PLNs. We collaborated to create a session without ever meeting face-to-face! In fact, the first time we met face-to-face was a few minutes before we presented together! We used tools such as Google Drive, MoveNote, and Skype to plan the PD session together. This was truly 21st century collaboration at its finest!
As a former TD teacher myself, I knew that TD teachers would make a great audience for our session because they are already leaders within their schools and are eager to learn more about how they can increase their impact on teachers and students. Presenting with Romain was fun and our session was well-received by those who attended. We have already been asked to present to another department and at a school. PLNs are powerful, indeed!
The session is posted on my Professional Development Sessions tab under Teacher Resources if you are interested in checking it out.