Professional Growth Plan

Education is much more than simply dictating from a textbook. It is not only the teacher’s responsibility to cover the required curriculum but, more importantly, to inspire students and help them develop and grow as individuals. Education should be a community and students should know that their teachers care about them. My vision as an educator is to provide the type of environment where students feel safe, secure, and nurtured. Without this, it is nearly impossible for learning to take place.  

 

The world around us is quickly changing and so are the students. Today’s classrooms are filled with individuals that are complex, energetic, and tech-savvy (Crockett, 2016). With this change, there is a shift in the types of jobs that are available. Most of the jobs that are in demand today, did not even exist ten years ago. This trend will continue. In fact, most of the children entering elementary school will end up working in jobs that do not even exist yet (Krueger, 2017). In order to succeed in this changing economy, students need both academic and technical skills. Schools should do their best to include all stakeholders in decisions and to provide students with these competencies so that they can be productive citizens in a challenging environment.

 

I feel that technology is an important tool for learning that can increase academic opportunities. This is where my strength and excitement lies. Technology can change the way that teachers teach, offering a variety of effective ways to reach different types of learners and assess student understanding through multiple means.

As I reflect, I love that I have become known as a ‘go to' person for technology questions because it is something that I really have a passion for. Recently, I have been seeing myself as more of a leader and welcoming opportunities to show my leadership capabilities. I have been instrumental in helping with scheduling issues, as well as facilitating professional development sessions in several areas including; Oncourse Systems, Reading A-Z, LinkIt, Google Apps, G Suite for Education, Google Classroom, etc. I provide ongoing technology support and professional development to staff.

 

I genuinely enjoy what I presently do and I am passionate about building upon the success that I have already experienced as an educator and an emerging educational technology leader. As I continue to grow as a leader, I find myself identifying most with transformational leadership. This leadership approach aligns the most with my educational philosophy because “transformational leadership is a process that changes and transforms people. It is concerned with emotions, values, ethics, standards, and long-term goals” (Northouse, 2013). I believe that a leader should inspire others and motivate them to want to do their best. I hope that through my passion, this is what I will help others to do.

 

I am ecstatic about the idea of developing myself further in the area of educational technology leadership and furthering my career in the public school setting, perhaps becoming a Supervisor of Educational Technology. In this role, I envision being able to effect change and be an influential leader in the area of technology and its impact on student learning. Ultimately, I hope to continue to give back, inspire and change the lives of learners, in whatever capacity I can.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have met the following 2017-2018 goals:

  • Worked collaboratively with my cohort colleagues

  • Continued to provide support to my colleagues in my district to help them incorporate technology into their curriculum to enhance student learning and engagement

  • Obtained my Google Certified Educator - Level 2 Certification, Fall 2017

  • Expanded my professional network by actively participating in professional learning networks and professional organizations (NJTEN & Twitter)

  • Facilitated an AR experience with the students in all 4 elementary schools in my district with a representative from Google for Education

  • Communicated with my professors to learn about growth, presentation, and authorship opportunities

  • Renewed CPR and AED Certification, December 2017

  • Attended Techspo, an educational technology conference, January 2018

  • Awarded Tech4Learning Innovative Educator, February 2018

  • Inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, Spring 2018

  • Volunteered as a CODiE judge for the 'Best Game-Based Curriculum Solution' category, Spring 2018

  • Earned my Certified BrainPOP Educator certification, Spring 2018

  • Successfully completed year one of the doctoral program with honors

I have met the following 2018-2019 goals:

  • Continued my doctoral journey and to work collaboratively with my cohort colleagues

  • Continued to provide support to my colleagues in my district to help them incorporate technology into their curriculum to enhance student learning and engagement

  • Continued to communicate with my professors to learn about growth, presentation, and authorship opportunities

  • Continued to expand my professional network beyond New Jersey and engage with EdTech professionals

  • Presented at the NJASL conference on December 3, 2018, in Long Branch, NJ

    • Escape the Library: Escape Rooms in Education

  • Presented at the NJASA Techspo conference on January 31, 2019, in Atlantic City, NJ

    • Finding & Deploying the Best Chromebook Apps for K-12

    • Free is For Me: Online Formative Assessment Tools

  • Presented with fellow doctoral candidates at NJCU's Educational Technology Leadership: Doctoral Program Provost Workshop, February 25, 2019

  • Participated in NJCU's Topics in Educational Technology Webinar Series

    • Presented ClassDojo: More Than Just a Behavior Management System, February 26, 2019

    • Presented A (Virtual) Museum Field Trip, March 27, 2019​

  • Volunteered as a CODiE judge for the 'Best Mathematics Instructional Solution for Grades PreK-8' category, Spring 2019​​

  • Presented at the ISTE conference on June 24, 2019, in Philadelphia, PA

    • A Night at the (Virtual) Museum​

  • Successfully completed year two of the doctoral program with honors

 

I have met the following 2019-2020 goals:

  • Successfully completed and defended my dissertation, "ClassDojo and Home-School Communication" and earned my Doctorate in Educational Technology Leadership

  • Presented at Teach with Technology online conference on July 22, 2019

    • ClassDojo: More Than Just a Behavior Management System​

  • Presented at NJEA conference in Atlantic City, NJ on November 7, 2019

    • ClassDojo: More than Just a Behavior Management System​

  • Presented at NJASL conference in East Brunswick, NJ on December 9, 2019
    • ClassDojo & Seesaw: Mastering Parent-School Communication and Digital Portfolios​
  • Renewed CPR and AED Certification, December 2019
  • Presented at NJASA Techspo conference in Atlantic City on January 30, 2020
    • Seamless Parent-Teacher and Parent-School Communication​
  • Presented at the Teach with Technology online conference, July 27, 2020
    • Seamless Parent-Teacher and Parent-School Communication​

 

References

 

Crockett, L. (2016, August 2). The critical 21st-century skills every student needs and why. Global Digital Citizen Foundation. Retrieved from https://globaldigitalcitizen.org/21st-century-skills-every-student-needs.

 

Krueger, N. (2017, June 16). Preparing students for jobs that don't exist [Blog Post]. Retrieved from https://www.iste.org/explore/articledetail?articleid=1002.

 

Northouse, P. (2013) Leadership: Theory and Practice (6th edition). Los Angeles: Sag