Exploring the Potential for Online Professional Development
Association of Adult Literacy Professional Developers (AALPD)
Sunday, March 25, 2007
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Online professional development provides staff developers and states an alternative means of providing professional development for practitioners in adult literacy and language learning. But what factors play into the decisions in choosing the right tool for the job? What models are other states finding effective, and what is the promise that online professional development holds for our field? These questions and more will be explored throughout the day, with the goal of providing each participant a menu of options, fresh ideas, and promising practices to use or adapt for their state.

Participants will also learn about major national staff development efforts, legislative updates, and progress updates on furthering AALPD's key priorities.

True to the theme of online professional development, the online environment is being used in conjunction with the AALPD PreConference both in preparation for and in follow up to the learning experience. The morning panel presentation will be captured on video and be made available as a Pod cast and online video archive after the session. In mid-May, a follow up discussion activity will be held on the Adult Literacy Professional Development Discussion List, where the Pod cast will be made available to list subscribers. Panelists from the PreConference as well as additional guests will join the online panel to build and expand upon the issues explored during the 2007 AALPD PreConference at COABE.
9:00 - 9:10
Welcome and Introductions
Jeff Fantine & Jane Greiner, AALPD Program Chairs
9:10 - 9:30
Overview of National Initiatives
Each year, AALPD provides information about major staff development efforts across the United States. If you have an initiative or project that you would like to list here, please send the information to the Chair
Cristine Smith, School of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst
9:30 - 10:15
Participate in furthering AALPD key priorities
Jackie Taylor, AALPD Chair
Lennox McLendon, Special Advisor, NCSDAE
Renee Sherman, Professional Development Standards Co-Chair
Jane Greiner, Program Chair
10:30 - 12:00 Panelists will share their experiences with the design and delivery of online and hybrid professional development, including delivery choices and design implications.

Recommended Resources:
Engaging the Online Learner, by Rita Marie Conrad and J. Ana Donaldson; Teaching Online A Practical Guide, by Susan Ko and Steve Rossen Illinois Online Network, Online Readings and Articles

Additional web sites:
Moderator: Tim Ponder, Ohio Literacy Resource Center

  • Noreen Lopez, National Coalition for Literacy
  • Susan Olsen, ProLiteracy America
  • Sharon Reynolds, Ohio ABLE Resource Center Network
  • Crystal Hack, Center for the Application of Information Technologies, Western Illinois University
12:00 - 1:00
Networking Lunch
1:00 - 2:00
Participate in a group mapping activity, exploring organizational systems that must work together to support online professional development. Groups will brainstorm and examine issues and concerns relating to starting, improving, and evaluating online PD as an element of a PD system.
Duren Thompson, Center for Literacy Studies, University of Tennessee--Knoxville
2:00 - 2:30
Work with colleagues to identify the group's and your own vital concerns with online professional development, your priorities, and next steps. Based on the previous brainstorming activity, you will have the opportunity to participate by role and will 1) examine each component from your role's own point-of-view; 2) discuss with your group key elements common to your roles' perspective; and 3) develop action steps to take back to your workplace.
Jackie Taylor, Center for Literacy Studies, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
2:45 - 3:45 Process as a large group what the central issues and concerns are by role. Identify remaining issues and unanswered questions, and goals for the May follow up on the Adult Literacy Professional Development Discussion List.
3:45 - 4:00
Evaluation and Wrap-up
Mina Reddy, World Education