Annenberg Learner professional development workshops and courses provide teachers with content and pedagogical learning to strengthen their professional credentials. Teachers may use Annenberg Learner's workshops and courses with a study group of colleagues or at regular professional development sessions to review subject content. To support these uses of the materials, each course and workshop has a workshop or facilitator's guide found on the accompanying Web site (look for the orange arrow on the main series page) that provides information on the course or workshop structure as well as a script for running professional development sessions. A chapter corresponding to each video includes —
Any teacher or administrator can step into the role of facilitator. One does not need extensive experience running a workshop for teachers. Just follow the guide and let the group work through the questions and activities. For several series, the correct answers to problems posed are located in the guide, too.
- background questions for the participants,
- video discussion questions,
- hands-on group activities, and
- references for further study
Tips for preparing for and running sessions smoothly —
Create a meeting schedule
A typical schedule includes weekly meetings of two-and-a-half hours. During the first hour, the group watches and discusses the video. During the second hour and beyond, smaller working groups can engage in learning activities as described in the workshop or course guide or they can use the time to connect the content to their own curricula. Groups and facilitators should feel free to design a meeting schedule that works best for them. Note: Participants who elect to register for graduate credit with Colorado State University either concurrently with the group meetings or at a later date may use documented discussion time as part of their course requirement.
Access the video
Provide readings, handouts, and worksheets to participants
- Video programs are streamed on-demand at http://www.learner.org/resources/browse.html. Search for the series you want by title or choose from subject headings on the home page. Note that the video stream image will be less sharp when projected for a group to watch. If you have trouble streaming the videos, read our broadband FAQ.
- Purchase DVDs or VHS tapes of the programs through learner.org or by calling 1-800-LEARNER (532-7637). These provide the sharpest resolution for group viewing.
- Check with your media center to see if they have copies of the programs to loan.
Many of these are printable documents from the course or workshop Web site. Participants can print their own copies or the facilitator can print copies for the group. Readings should be completed before the workshop session.
Make note of other materials needed for the session
These include manipulatives, large pads, whiteboards, etc. Specific materials needed are listed in the workshop guide.
Professional development credit and CEUs
Annenberg Learner does not offer professional development credit, CEUs, or certificates of completion to teachers taking the courses or workshops. Teachers and facilitators must get these credentials through their districts. So check with your district about whether participation in the workshop or course will be eligible for CEUs and what documentation the district requires. In making your case to the district for use of these materials it may be helpful to point out that all Annenberg Learner courses and workshops are approved for graduate-level education credit through Colorado State University Additionally the chart of course hours may be helpful in determining the number of units the district will approve.