Mid-Del, Harrah and Shawnee Educators
Register for our next #MyPD meeting!
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 8:00am – 2:30pm (breakfast at 7:30am)
Key Details: Childcare, meals and stipends will be provided.
To show our appreciation for participating in this community, we are offering an extra stipend to all educators who attend at least 3 of 4 #MyPD meetings during the 2017-18 school year!
Find out everything you need to know about #MyPD by clicking the questions below.
What is #MyPD?
#MyPD is a pilot of a new approach to professional development for educators. It is unique because it allows principals and teachers to truly have ownership in their professional development and gain a voice in improving education. #MyPD gives educators a chance to connect across districts, bond about areas of their work that they want to improve and set an agenda that makes a difference. The goal of #MyPD is to build a community of Oklahoma educators that is fun and useful for the work life and practice of participants. This type of work is called a Community of Practice.
Oklahoma has been selected as a pilot for this project. If this succeeds, we hope other clusters of districts in Oklahoma and other states will adopt similar approaches. This means that the community that forms across these three districts could become part of a regional network of communities working together to improve education – with the voices of teachers and principals at the core of the process.
Who is invited to #MyPD?
Educators from three Oklahoma school districts, Mid-Del, Harrah and Shawnee, can participate. Participants may include principals, instructional coaches and teachers from any grade level or subject area.
I did not attend the last #MyPD meeting. Can I still come to the next meeting?
Yes! Any teacher or administrator from Harrah, Mid-Del or Shawnee is encouraged to attend. Past attendance is not required. You may become a community member at any time.
To learn about our past meetings, please visit our WikiSpace. This website contains agendas, notes, pictures and more. Request to become a member of the WikiSpace here.
Who is facilitating #MyPD?
#MyPD is a partnership between Mid-Del Public Schools, Harrah Public Schools, Shawnee Public Schools and the Southern Regional Education Board’s educator effectiveness team. Superintendents Cobb, Blessington and Grace support this work by contributing ideas and feedback for each meeting. This project is also supported by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
At the meetings, you will meet:
Megan Boren is the coordinator for state engagement and policy on SREB’s educator effectiveness team. Prior to working at SREB, she was the education and workforce policy advisor to former Governor of Virginia, Tim Kaine. Megan has a bachelor’s in political science and a master’s in public administration and policy from Virginia Tech. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She loves Hokie football, cooking and going to concerts.
Torrie Haenszel is the communications specialist on SREB’s educator effectiveness team. Prior to working at SREB, she taught elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee. Torrie has a bachelor’s in childhood education and biology and a master’s in community development and action, with areas of focus in organizational development and education policy. She loves hockey, her pet guinea pig and eating sushi.
Bev Wenger-Trayner works with organizations and groups to develop horizontal learning partnerships as a way to help them become better at what they do. She works as a social learning theorist and consultant. The joy of her life is her two-year-old grandson who lives in the United Kingdom, but they keep in touch over Skype.
Etienne Wenger-Trayner is a social learning theorist and consultant. He helps organizations apply the principles of social learning to help improve practice.
What are the rules for #MyPD?
#MyPD is intended to be self-directed; therefore, there really are no rules! If educators find value in the process, we will meet three times per year, for two consecutive years. Educators can join or leave #MyPD at any time throughout the two years.
Does #MyPD count as a professional development day?
Yes! #MyPD is a district-approved professional development day for all educators in Harrah, Shawnee and Mid-Del Public Schools.
What’s the deal with stipends?
Stipends will be paid to all attendees for each #MyPD meeting. Meeting stipends are approved by SREB accounting upon completion of a W-9 form and exit survey. Stipend checks are sent via mail after each meeting.
To show our appreciation for participating in #MyPD, we are offering an extra stipend to all educators who attend 3 out of 4 meetings during the 2017-18 school year. Educators who attend all 4 meetings this school year will receive a total of $580. Those who attend 3 meetings will receive a total of $460.
The meeting dates for the 2017-18 school year are:
- September 9, 2017
- October 28, 2017
- January 20, 2018
- March 10, 2018
What other logistics do I need to know about?
- Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.
- Childcare will be provided. Children will be provided with meals.
- Bring a laptop or tablet.
- #MyPD meeting attendees are asked to sign up to be a member on our community WikiSpace. All of our meeting materials, notes and resources are kept on this website. Click the button below to request to join.
What should I do if I have a question about #MyPD that I still need answered?
If you have any additional questions, email Megan at Megan.Boren@sreb.org.
How do I register to attend the next #MyPD meeting?