Five Mental Shifts for More Effective Professional Learning


Speaker: MaryEllen Vogt


Webinar Description

How educators learn has become as important as how students learn.

Current research on adult learners shows that to be effective, professional learning is job-embedded, collaborative, dynamic, and inquiry-based.

If you support educators or participate in this practice-grounded approach to professional learning, it’s important to understand the process itself and to appreciate the skills it demands from those who participate in it.

Join MaryEllen Vogt, co-author of Professional Learning in Action: An Inquiry Approach for Teachers of Literacy, for a webinar that will give you valuable insights into this innovative model of professional learning. MaryEllen will share specific examples of how adult learners use inquiry-based professional learning to drive results in the classroom.

Webinar Topics

  • Current research on adult learners and common misconceptions about professional learning
  • Traditional vs. new models of collaborative, inquiry-based professional learning
  • The four characteristics of authentic professional learning
  • Creating a professional learning plan
  • The six types of collaborative groups
  • How to make the mental shifts to learning through collaboration and inquiry


About the Speaker

MaryEllen Vogt


MaryEllen Vogt, Ed.D. is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Education at California State University, Long Beach. MaryEllen has served as a reading and special education specialist, district reading resource teacher, and university teacher. She is the co-author of 17 books,co-creator of the acclaimed SIOP model for teaching English Language-Arts to English Learners and past president of the International Literacy Association.

MaryEllen received her Doctorate in Language and Literacy from the University of California, Berkeley and has worked as a consultant in reading/language arts for school districts and reading associations in the US and internationally.

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