Mrs. Carol Nelson received her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Wichita State University, along with an Educational Technology Certificate. In addition to being a Google Certified Trainer and a Google Innovator, Carol is also a ISTE Certified Educator and an Apple Teacher. Her career in education has provided her with experience in all grades, kindergarten through college, as well as experience in both private and public school settings. Carol is passionate about teaching, learning, and technology. Her technology passion is evident as she presents both online and in person.
Solution Title: “Ask Me” - Peer Expert Hub
Solution Slogan: You Win - I Win
The idea is to create a database/hub of areas each teacher is gifted/talented -- both professionally and personally. This is about celebrating and not competing...recognizing that we can learn and grow from each other. We have expertise scattered throughout the school/district and sometimes teachers may not always know who to reach out to for advice and mentoring. The peer hub (teacher to teacher) can help teachers utilize and share existing expertise, set up ongoing mentoring relationships or just get quick advice.
Agency - The teacher-to-teacher expert network empowers teachers with greater access to expertise to help them solve problems and grow professionally.
Collaboration - The database/hub promotes cross-functional collaboration that otherwise might not be possible. Connecting teachers across disciplines, grade levels (and eventually school sites) is an effective way to spark innovative ideas. This collaboration can also work to create a sense of unity within a school or the district.
Professional Growth - Both experts and those who are taught or mentored by them grow professionally as a result of peer-to-peer learning experiences.
Efficiency - Our best resources are often the teachers within our own buildings or district. This can be an untapped source of problem solving, professional development, and helpful information. Utilizing internal expertise can also save on the costs of hiring external experts.
Step 1: Introduction of the idea with staff.
Proposed trial launch with one school
Step 2: "Expert Drive"
Encourage everyone within the school to identify things they are especially good at and share via a Google Form
The Form will also gather how that individual would like to collaborate:
👉 Feedback is welcome on the Google Form Draft -- https://forms.gle/AmeTZ97kYzNNg7Vs5
👉 Feedback can be submitted here
Once the information is gathered, it will be gathered into a searchable database. A user would search for an area that they would like to learn more, like “classroom management”. The database would retrieve all individuals that noted “classroom management” as their strength.
Step 3: Database
The information from the Form will be collected into a searchable database.
This component is in process and can be updated prior to the April meeting with EES.
March 8th I have a meeting around creating the database with a fellow Google Innovator.
Optional: Door Hangers or Door Sign
A sign that could be hung outside the participants classroom that showcases the skills that they would like to be “ask” about.
It could even become a “glow and grow” - listing both areas of expertise, but also growth opportunities. This could create a unique opportunity for someone with the expertise to step out and connect with those seeking the learning.
Continued Growth and Vision