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Professional Development Live Online Discussion

A Seat at the Table
Professional Learning: What Works and What Doesn't

Wed., October 25, 2023, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
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There has never been a more critical time to focus on getting professional learning right, given the immense academic needs of so many students following the pandemic. Unfortunately, many educators are still in a “sit and get” environment when it comes to professional learning. 

In the last several decades, the impact of PD has moved from a yard stick that once measured whether a teacher used the learned strategy in the classroom to one that measured its impact on student learning. More recently, it’s clear that professional learning and its effect on student learning still has a long way to go. 

In this A Seat at the Table, moderator Peter DeWitt will talk to guests about creating successful professional learning that has bearing on student academic success and high engagement for educators.

Mike Nelson
Assistant Executive Director for Professional Learning, Washington Association of School Administrators
Michael (Mike) Nelson began his career as an elementary school teacher before becoming an elementary school principal. As a district leader, he led learning initiatives in two Washington state school districts. As the superintendent for Washington’s Enumclaw school district, he led several initiatives to improve cultural support and academic outcomes for Native students. In 2019, the Washington Association of School Administrators named him the Washington State Superintendent of the Year.
NaTasha Woody-Wideman
Assistant Principal, Middle Campus, Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School
NaTasha Woody-Wideman served as a Middle School and High School ELA teacher for the first half of her career and is currently a middle and high school Instructional Coach and high school Assistant Principal. She is a proponent of schools and students considered “at risk”, using a high energy and relatable mode of instruction to engage learners and solidify mastery. She also provides nurturing and thoughtful support to students preparing to enter the post-secondary world. Dr. Woody-Wideman earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2013 from Clark Atlanta University. Prior to that, she received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Clark Atlanta University and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Georgia State University. She also is a 2019 graduate of the Relay/GSE National Principals Academy.
Peter DeWitt
Opinion Contributor, Education Week
A former K-5 public school principal turned author, presenter, and leadership coach, Peter DeWitt provides insights and advice for education leaders. He pens an opinion blog for Education Week, Finding Common Ground and is the host of A Seat at the Table.
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