BAP056 The Personalized PD Landscape and Derek Rhodenizer

This episode starts as a casual chat with an innovator and by the end of the show we have insight on how an administrator can execute a personalized PD system for their staff.  Scroll down or listen at the 24:00 mark to get right to that awesomeness.

You can listen to this show in your favorite podcast app or right here:

Derek Rhodenizer returns to the show and, as usual, we did not script or plan this show in any way.  Our chat ends up offering ideas and insight on

The Personalized Professional Landscape (24:50 mark in the show)

The whole show is great for my learning but this piece was probably the most profound.  Derek explains that there is an issue with personalized PD.  Many people are doing it on their own (you are right now by reading this blog), but administrators are at a loss for how to roll out personalized PD systemically.  He was frustrated that his theme each year wasn’t something that would be meaningful to all of his staff. He started realizing that one blanket theme wasn’t even meaningful to most.  Collaborating with Stephen Hurley, they decided to figure out how to execute a truly personalized PD system last school year. And they did it!  Derek explains how he did it in this show.  He created, modeled and ran a truly personalized PD system.

Derek explains it all.  He describes how he and his teachers gathered data, how his teachers created a landscape for their own PD needs, and how they shared their personalized efforts with him through a growing slide deck and how he used that information to drive his PD opportunities for teachers throughout the year.  One of the innovative breakthroughs here is that it is all documented in a kind of digital portfolio that offers reflection for teachers and opportunity for Derek to support and direct their growth.

I can’t help but think that this is EXACTLY what we could see in classrooms to help students personalize their learning.

Another awesome thing Derek shared was this slide deck that is growing with positive stories of teaching.  He invites you to visit it but also to add yours!


Deeper Uses of Kahoot MAD PD Session

Hello PLN!

Want to get the most out of Kahoot for your ESL students?  These two PD videos will offer ideas on how to do just that.

The first video PD is from #MADPD:

The second video is at the bottom of this post.  It was from #VirtuEL17, another online conference where I repeated this session with different examples.

A Google Doc with Notes is Here

#MADPD was a short PD session streaming live on May 7th at 6pm EST.

We had some great ESL/Linguistic folks joining me in the live Youtube session.  Emily Francies (@emilyfranESL), Carlotta Holder (@carlota_holder) and Rami Amin (@RmTux) graciously agreed to be in the hangout with me so you’ll get to hear their questions and ideas added to the mix!

In these sessions, I provide a lot of ideas for using Kahoot in deeper ways.  You may have seen some of these ideas on my other blog posts but in the Youtube session we will  have more insight from the guests.  And scroll down for links to even more MADPD sessions also.  Here are a few links for our session:

Kahoot Planning Template (Paper templates for any learner to create Kahoots!)

Our Holiday Traditions Kahoot. (Our class has created a Kahoot about holidays they celebrate throughout the year in different parts of the world.)

And here is the VirtuEL17 version of this training.

You can check out all the great #VirtuEL sessions at this smore:   


Teach Kahoot! (Everything you need to offer a Kahoot PD for other educators.)

Kahoot Professional Development Resources (Getting started and everything you want to know about Kahoot!)

I love blogging for Kahoot!  Here are some of my articles that offer more tips for ESL teachers:

Kahoot Blog on Using Kahoot for ELLs – Part 1, Students Creating Kahoots

 Kahoot Blog on Using Kahoot for ELLs – Part 2, Students Creating Selfie Kahoot

Kahoot Blog on Using Kahoot  for  ELLs – Part 3, Tips and Tricks

The Kahoot I used in this session:  Deeper Uses of Kahoot

These online conferences are fantastic for self-directing our own learning.  I hope you’ll consider submitting a proposal for MADpd in 2018.

Thanks to everyone who is here to get more ideas for your ELLs.   And thanks to all of you who are sharing so that all of us are building on each other’s strengths!

Check out ALL the great #MADPD sessions:.  There are over 60 teacher presenters from around the world who put out quick PD sessions on May 7th for you to see.  And they will be there whenever you have time to watch what has made a difference in our teaching.


See you next time,

Carol Salva

Find me on twitter: @MsSalvaC

Do you want more PD on ESL teaching strategies?  Please email me at carolsalva1@gmail.

I’m happy to bring Seidlitz Education training to your district.  And LOOK! Our new book on reaching under-schooled students is now out and available for purchase!  The training around it is also great.