Professional Learning
Professional Learning

Educators are the lead learners in schools. If they are to enable powerful, authentic, deep learning among their students, they need to live that kind of learning and professional culture themselves. When everyone is part of that experiential through-line, that’s when next generation learning thrives.

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Practitioner's Guide to Next Gen Learning

Personalize your professional learning: this summer, we polled NGLC school leaders and supporters of next gen learning to find the very best resources for you.

How are you personalizing your professional learning? This summer, we asked NGLC school leaders and supporters of next gen learning to share their top recommendations for websites, social media, blogs, summer reading, and leaders to learn from. Use these crowdsourced recommendations to build up your Personal Learning Network, one that you can rely on throughout the year.

Today, I’ll share recommendations for websites and social media and the rest will be pulled together in future posts.

A huge thanks to those who contributed to this list—they are named below. Please join in: if you don’t see one of your go-to sources, share it in the comments below.

What websites do you visit?

What social media sites do you use? Who do you follow?

Twitter is by far the go-to social media site for this group. “With Twitter, I’ve found that if you follow a broad spectrum of people and curate the right lists, it's a great window into what's happening and a useful tool for discovering new resources,” said one of the contributors. LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat (“To receive strange missives from my teenager”), Tumblr, Pinterest, and IMDb were also mentioned. FlipBoard and TweetDeck are two aggregator services that contributors mentioned they use to curate content, follow threads, and stitch together their social media networks.

Go on to parts 2 and 3 of Crowdsourcing a Personal Learning Network: The Leaders of Next Gen Learning and A Reading List

Thank you to these resourceful next gen leaders for their smart and thoughtful recommendations:
Elina Alayeva, Director of National Strategy, Springpoint
Sujata Bhatt, Founder, Incubator Schools
Sajan George, Founder and CEO, Matchbook Learning
Nichole Husa, Personalized Learning Officer, Cornerstone Charter Schools
Steve Kossakoski, CEO, Virtual Learning Academy Charter School
Leigh McGuigan, CEO and Co-Founder, Vertus Charter Schools
Scott Milam, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Afton Partners
Jonathan Santos Silva, Head of School, Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy High School
Carrie Stewart, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Afton Partners
Ephraim Weisstein, Founder, Schools for the Future
Rebecca Wolfe, Director, Students at the Center, Jobs for the Future

Kristen Vogt (she/her/hers)

Knowledge Officer, NGLC

Kristen Vogt, knowledge management officer for NGLC, focuses on identifying lessons, strategies and outcomes from the NGLC community and making them available to a wider audience.