During my time in the Digital Education Leadership (DEL) master’s program at Seattle Pacific University (SPU), I have had the opportunity to continue to expand my professional learning network in a multitude of ways. One such way has been through the PLN I have developed through Twitter. Prior to joining the DEL cohort, I had created a professional Twitter account, however, I only used it to follow a few educators and I had never tweeted. Through the DEL program, I was supported and encouraged to participate in the use of Twitter to share blog posts from fellow cohort members. By taking this initial step of sharing my peers’ blog posts and exploring Twitter as a PLN, I have now become actively engaged in using Twitter to connect with my fellow cohort members, as well as educators from around the world, to grow in my teaching and coaching practice. You can read more about my experience using Twitter as a professional learning network in my blog post, Building and Engaging in Meaningful Professional Learning Communities with Twitter.
In addition to using Twitter as a professional learning network, I have also been an active participant in my graduate program’s professional learning communities (PLCs) during each quarter. These PLCs have connected over several learning platforms, including Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom, and Canvas. Being a member of these professional learning communities has been instrumental to the enhancement of my coaching practice and development as an educator. With PLC members rotating every quarter, I was able to benefit from the insight of each of my cohort members in a variety of PLC partnerships. Throughout my graduate studies experiences within these PLC groups, I have been supported, my perspectives have been challenged, and my coaching practice has improved. Below is an example of feedback provided by my PLC members on research and references I curated connected to a guiding inquiry question I had for EDTC 6106.
Another professional learning opportunity that helped me to grow my professional learning network and improve my coaching practice, was the NCCE 2021 Conference. As part of professional development for my new position as Educational Technology Specialist next year, I was able to attend this conference for the first time. There were so many incredible presentations and inspiring presenters who introduced emerging technology, instructional best practices, and strategies for improving coaching practice. One of the sessions that had a significant impact on me was the session “Digital Citizenship and Racial Justice: How do they connect?” presented by Sue Thotz and Common Sense Education. This session provided me with the opportunity to expand my professional learning network and connect with other educators who are passionate about the intersection of digital citizenship and racial justice. As a result of this professional learning opportunity, expanded PLN, and the provided resources, it has motivated me to develop a digital citizenship implementation guide (with embedded racial justice curricular connections) for my school as my practicum project for EDTC 6108.
ISTE Standards for Coaches (2019). Retrieved from: https://www.iste.org/standards/for-coaches