Personalized Professional Learning: Research & Strategies to Support Adult Learners

Friday, April 3rd, 8:30am - 11:30am

What will it take to create adult learning experiences that are as personalized, mastery-based, and data-informed as those we’re trying to put in place for students? In this session, join The Learning Accelerator (TLA) team to explore lessons being learned across the country about emerging approaches to professional development. We’ll dig into what the research says that adult learners need to build knowledge and skill, the competencies that are important in innovative teaching and learning environments, the school- and system-level support strategies that can help, and means for measuring what’s working and not. Reflect on your own context, make connections, and leave with plans for action.

Beth Holland
Dr. Beth Holland is the Partner for Research & Measurement at The Learning Accelerator as well as the Digital Equity & Rural Project Director for the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN). She has over 20 years of experience, having taught in K-12 classrooms, served as Director of Academic Technology in a PS-8 independent school, designed professional learning programs for schools around the world, developed leadership programs to support systemic change, and conducted research evaluations of innovations in education. Additionally, she is a prolific writer and speaker. Beth holds an Education Doctorate (EdD) in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education from Johns Hopkins University, a Master’s degree (EdM) in Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard University, as well as a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Communications from Northwestern University. When not focusing on education, research, and policy, Beth can be found hiking, sailing, stand-up paddleboarding, or out exploring the North East with her husband and two crazy canines.
Stephen Pham
Stephen Pham is a Partner at The Learning Accelerator. An experienced educator and systems leader, he brings expertise in blended and personalized learning, school design, adult learning, and data systems. At TLA, Stephen leads strategic projects focused on educator professional learning, data use in schools, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Before joining TLA, Stephen managed school model innovation and personalized learning nationally at Rocketship Public Schools, where he also started as a fifth-grade STEM teacher and Teach For America corps member. Stephen earned a B.S. in biophysics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Stephen is based out of Seattle and enjoys reading, being active and in nature, and traveling any chance he gets.