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Professional Development

Galloway's Professional Development Mission

To help the faculty and staff draw students joyfully into learning by creating a learning atmosphere that cultivates curiosity and challenges each student to demonstrate their talents achieve their individual best.


What's a PLN?

A PLN or "personal learning network" is a group of people who are connected by shared passions or common interests, and who benefit from shared learning.

LaGarde, Jennifer, and Tiffany Whitehead. "Power Up Your Professional Learning." Knowledge Quest 41.2 (2012): n. pag. Print.

Starting a PLN

Unblock the Sonic Wall to see this video.


The Professionally Networked Teacher


Learning Opportunities

Professional Development comes in many forms and you are encouraged to think outside the box about what you might want to do to increase your professional learning. The Professional Development committee will consider funding requests for a wide variety of activities, including

  • Conferences and Workshops
  • Educational Retreats (these can be planned by you!)
  • Webinars
  • Visits to other schools (including payment for substitutes)
  • Visits to other Galloway classrooms (including payment for substitutes)
  • Professional Development materials and books 
  • Other ideas you might have—think big!


Cover Art
Personal Learning Networks - Will Richardson; Rob Mancabelli
ISBN: 9781935543275
Publication Date: 2011-05-01
Offers step-by-step guidance to help educators incorporate twenty-first-century digital technologies in the classroom, providing case studies that share real-life experiences, suggesting ways to use Twitter, social bookmarking, RSS feeds, blogs, Facebook, and other tools, and discussing a three-step plan to build a learning network for a school or district with tips to overcome common issues.

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The Connected Educator - Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach; Lani Ritter Hall
ISBN: 1935543172
Publication Date: 2011-10-25
In order to reclaim the power of your own professional learning, you must first create a connected learning community. Comprised of three different learning environments--local (professional learning community), contextual (personal learning network), and global (community of practice)--the connected learning community in total allows like-minded learners to contribute, interact, share ideas, and reflect.

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Creating Innovators - Tony Wagner
ISBN: 1451611498
Publication Date: 2012-04-17
Tony Wagner spoke in town and Gordon went to hear him. He spoke a lot about the kind of teaching that we already do at Galloway. This book is highly recommended for Galloway teachers.


PLN Starter Kit


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