Supporting Teachers in Practice
Professional Learning with the Hybrid Instructional Model
Using the Standards for Professional Learning with the Hybrid Instructional Model
For the past several years, the Manheim Central School District has embarked on a journey of working with educators to help them successfully implement the Hybrid Station Rotation Instructional Model into their everyday practice using the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning. Our program is completely voluntary for staff and has consistently received very high ratings from teachers who have participated in our integrated model of professional learning. The station rotation instructional model allows learners to actively engage in content and learning at various stations. The model uses an independent station, a collaborative station, and a direct station. In the independent station, a student would work on a task involving some type of online learning that matched content and ability.This can be personalized to meet the student's needs. In the collaborative station, learners work together to complete a task or some type of project and lastly; in the direct station, the teacher is able to work with a small group of students on a specific skill or teach a mini-lesson that is differentiated for the group in front of him/her.
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Manheim Central has over 60% of K-12 staff trained in using the Hybrid Instructional Model. Each year, we include an additional cohort of teachers who volunteer to be a part of this training. This model of professional learning has been effective as teachers are well-supported and provided with the necessary structures and resources to implement the Hybrid Roatational Model into their teaching. Using the Standards of Professional Learning to make this successful and impactful for increasing student learning has been the norm in Manheim Central.
The Learning Forward Standards
Learning Communities and Leadership
In Learning Forward's vision for effective professional learning for all educators, Leadership plays a central role. We are fortunate at Manheim Central to have a leadership team that believes that developing capacity, advocating, and creating effective support systems for educators is essential for effective professional learning (Learning Forward, 2011). Within the Learning community, goals are established for the year and revisited at each Professional Learning Community Meeting. Shared leadership is ongoing and you can find leaders in the Hybrid Rotatiional Model at the district, school, and classroom level. The focus is on continuous improvement; not perfection. Learning facilitators have a growth mindset and are willing to take risks for student success.
Resources, Data, and Learning Designs
Implementation and Outcomes
Outcomes from the implementation of the Hybrid Rotational Instructional Model are plentiful. Learners are excited and engaged. Teachers collaborating and discussing how to better meet the learner needs using this model have been prevelant and conversations have been directly tied to curriculum standards and student achievement. Because this Professional Development Model has been grounded in Learning Forward's Standards for Professional Learning, Manheim Central is able to strive toward the goal of: "Excellent Teaching and Learning Every Day." (Learning Forward, 2011)