FASD Summer Newsletter

Florida Association of Staff Development

FASD Spring Forum Reflections

FASD hosted 127 staff developers from across Florida at the spring forum! We used current technologies to engage with forum participants before, during and after the event and to collect data to inform future events. We had 281 total evaluations for sessions throughout the forum and we will continue to encourage the use of the app in the future to support our participants. Data indicated sessions were relevant and allowed for collaboration among participants. We will continue to create space for participants to unpack "hot" topics and build expertise in staff development during our Leadership Conference in the fall.

Collective Efficacy: Winning the Race for Students

FASD Spring Forum kicked off with the dynamic Jenni Donohoo who shared the research and practice around collective efficacy. Concurrent sessions followed where staff developers explored topics such as:
  • Fostering Collective Teacher Efficacy with Jenni Donohoo
  • Zoom In, Zoom Out: Collective Efficacy in Practice with Meg Roa, Volusia County
  • Personalized, Competency-Based Professional Learning with Microcredentials with David Hass and Noris Aguayo, Lake County
  • Charge Up Your Learning with Social Media with Tammy Neil, Suwannee County
  • Professional Learning Support Teams with Carmen Conception and Isela Rodriguez, Miami-Dade County
  • Developing, Empowering, and Retaining Teachers with Toni Buxton and Mandy Butterfield, Orange County
  • Engage, Ignite and Inspire! with Michelle Surman, FDLRS/SPRINGS

A special session was held following day 1 to support those who lead the Professional Development Certification Programs.

The Florida Department of Education shared current and relevant information regarding policy effecting the work of staff developers.

FASD extends a special thank you to Jesse Stephens with HowardEDU (jstephens@howard.com) and Lucia Li with Qomo (lucia@qomo.com) for generously providing the video projectors, interactive displays, and technical support for the Spring Forum. We look forward to working with them again at the FASD Leadership Conference 2018!

Outstanding Learning Practices Award

The Outstanding Learning Practices Award is an annual award bestowed upon leaders in the field of professional development who have shown evidence of outstanding professional learning practices aligned with the protocol standards. The 2016 and 2017 award recipients shared best practices during the spring forum.

  • Program Title: Plus2: Progressive Learning & Understanding through Support Systems
    Lisa Churchwell, Coordinator of Staff Development
    Bay District Schools (2016)
  • Program Title: Project Connect
    Adam Azula, Program Development Training Specialist
    NEFEC (2017)

Click here for more information on nominating an individual or team for the award. All award applications are due to Alyson Adams by August 1, 2018.

Size-Alike Session

Size-Alike groups used an unconference format to share and learn from each other.


Small size districts talked about topics from the PD protocol to Schools of Excellence. The group was most concerned about all the new requirements for teacher certification and recertification and thought this could be a great future opportunity for collaboration.


The Middle size alike group discussed best practices occurring in each district including approaches to building an online catalog of PD, rolling-out Clinical Educator Training and managing Schools of Excellence.


The Smiddle group discussed two main initiatives: Level II Prinicpal Preparation Plans and school based professional development and sustaining professional learning communities.


Large districts had lively discussions including idea-sharing and question-generating about: Reading Endorsement, the dyslexia requirement, the new 40 hour in-service requirement, FTEC/GKE test prep, Clinical Educator training programs, induction programs and mentors.

Very Lage

Representative from Very Large districts had dialogue around relevant topics such as Clinical Educator, the ILFD grant, and new house bill language.

The opportunity to share glows and grows proved to be a valuable session for all attendees.

FASD Leadership Conference 2018


Oceans of Opportunity: Renew, Reflect, Refine

Click here to register for FASDLC

Dates: September 24-26-, 2018

Location: Tradewinds, St. Pete Beach, Florida

Click here to register for the hotel

Deadline to Register for the Conference and Hotel is August 17, 2017

About FASD

FASD Mission

FASD builds capacity to establish, support, and sustain highly effective professional learning.

FASD Vision

Excellent teaching, learning, and leading every day.

FASD Beliefs

1. Effective and sustained professional learning is fundamental to student learning.

2. All educators have an obligation to improve their practice.

3. More students achieve when educators assume collective responsibility for student learning.

4. Successful leaders create and sustain a culture of learning.

5. Improving student learning and professional practice requires ongoing systemic and organizational change.

FASD is an affiliate of Learning Forward.