9:00-9:45- PDE Welcome and Introductions

9:45 - Connected Learning Communities: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age
Here, now-- a revolution in technology has transformed the way we can find each other, interact and collaborate to create knowledge as connected learners, to develop the social fabric, capacity and connectedness found in communities of practice and learning networks. Join Sheryl in this interactive presentation as she explores the question- What should professional development look like in the 21st Century?

11:00 - Break

11:15 -Content Analysis Tool & Findings from PLPNetbooks Pilot - with Dr. Sofia Pardo, Lead Researcher, IdeasLab (Melbourne, Australia)
Sheryl and Sofia will share the findings from a recent research study on the computer mediated professional conversations that took place in a connected learning community PD experience. We will also discuss lessons learned from transcontinental collaboration and Sofia will share a powerful tool created by IdeasLab that can be used by researchers and teachers alike for analysis of online content from students.

12:15- Lunch

1:15 - Leveraging the Wisdom of the Crowd and Facilitation Guidelines
Preparing students for the 21st Century calls for collective action of all stakeholders and this session looks at the steps needed to build momentum and garner buy-in from the entire school community. Participants will discuss ways to plan collectively and strategically for the future, develop a collective professional development plan for 21st Century skill building, and make sure all students have equitable access to a 21st century education.

3:30 - Q&A

4:00 - Close