A Ransom Letter to Providers of Summer Professional Learning

A Ransom Letter to Providers of Summer Professional Learning

Dear administrators,

Listen carefully! We are a group of individuals that represent a large faction of educators. While we respect the way you have run the training methods of your organization in the past, it is time for a change. As such, we are holding your teachers’ learning hostage. Their learning is safe and unharmed at this time, however, if you would like to release their learning, you must meet our list of demands when it comes to how you provide training for adults. Failure to meet these demands will result in the wide-spread lack of professional growth and lack of improvement in pedagogical practice by your staff.

Create an Atmosphere - Make educators want to be a part of the learning

Feed the brain - Research shows that hunger affects the brain and cognitive development.

Make it engaging - And we don’t mean just have attendees write on those big sticky chart papers around the room.

Adjust training as needed - We differentiate for our student learners, why not for adults?

Build in time for reflection - John Dewey said, “We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.”

For our full list of demands - visit this site. Until then, please secure these demands prior to your next professional learning event or your teachers’ learning will suffer the consequences.


The E.B.P.L. (Educators for Better Professional Learning)

cross posted at http://hookedoninnovation.com

Carl Hooker has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration since becoming an educator. As Director of Innovation & Digital Learning at Eanes ISD, he has helped spearhead the LEAP program, which put one-to-one iPads in the hands of all K-12 students in his 8000-student district. He is also the founder of “iPadpalooza”- a three-day “learning festival” held in Austin annually. He's also the author of the six-book series titled Mobile Learning Mindset, a guide for teachers, administrators, parents and others to support and embrace mobile learning in our schools. Read more at Hooked on Innovation.

Carl Hooker has spent the past 20+ years in education as a teacher and administrator focused on the thoughtful integration of technology and innovation. He consults for multiple districts across the country and is a frequent speaker at state and national events. In his free time he's an author, DJ, podcast host, Poetry Slammer, and Trivia Night MC. He's the co-founder of the social platform K12Leaders.com. Check out his latest book Ready Set FAIL! Now available for order here: https://mrhook.it/fail  Read more of his blogs at Hooked on Innovation.