Frequently Asked Questions
Rethink PD Summer Challenge
This document collects together frequently asked questions about this Rethink PD Summer Challenge. It will be updated throughout the summer to reflect answers to common questions we’re seeing. If you have a question, please reference the webpage, the application form, and this FAQ document to make sure your question has not yet been answered before reaching out to email@example.com.
What types of organizations are eligible to apply?
K-12 schools, districts, organizations (i.e. nonprofit, company, or professional learning provider working with teachers), state agencies, higher education institutions, or similar. Individuals or small groups of educators are not eligible to apply without the support from your larger organization.
What is the geographical eligibility?
Anywhere in the world. Preferences will be given to communities with higher need or those focused on comprehensive equity work.
What roles can apply?
We assume that applicants will be in a leadership position in their respective organizations, whether at the building, district, or organizational level.
Is anything about this opportunity mandatory?
It is mandatory for all applicants to meaningfully leverage Learn Next free and open resources in their plan.
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING DESIGN
What is the opportunity?
We invite you to rethink professional development. What would it look like if we transformed the traditional stand and deliver model into something much more flexible, engaging, and effective? A group of educational thought leaders from around the country has developed the Learn Next free and open resources. We are looking for innovators ready to use these Learn Next resources to transform professional learning. To learn more about why professional learning needs to change, we invite you to download this free online chapter on “Unlocking the Future of Learning by Redesigning Educator Learning”.
What do you mean by designing for “process”, “mindset”, and “content”?
We recommend reviewing these archived iNACOL webinars on “Envisioning the Future of Educator Learning” and “Implementing the Future of Educator Learning” to learn more about this approach.
What are the Learn Next professional learning resources?
You can find an overview of the resources within this catalog, along with instructions for how to set up a free account to access them.
How long does this professional learning experience need to be?
Successful applicants could design a session anywhere from a tightly-constructed hour or a half-day to 6 months in length, depending on the needs within your context. Please note that preference will be given to those who can share evidence from implementation, so if you are designing a professional learning experience that takes place across a longer time scale (like 6 months), it might be advantageous to implement at least part of your plan so you have some early evidence you can share of shifted educator practice.
How long should responses be in the Google Form?
For the long-answer responses, there is a 4,000 character limit but by no means do you need to max that out. We are focused on quality of thinking over quantity of explanation.
EVIDENCE OF LEARNING
What if I don’t have time to implement my plan?
Special consideration is given to applicants who implement their session (or part of their session) before submitting their application and provide evidence of educator learning/
shifted educator practice with their submission; however, we understand that not might be possible within the rhythms of the summer calendar, so applications in the planning stage will also be considered.
What evidence of learning should I submit?
The application form asks you to share evidence that shows how you know educators have learned. This evidence might include session feedback from participants or an analysis of participant work products compiled into a single document. (Please Note: If you are not able to implement your professional learning plan before submitting this form, you can share your plan for collecting evidence of educator learning and sharing it with us and the broader Rethink PD community).
The form also asks you to share evidence that shows how you know educators have transferred their learning into their teaching practice. This evidence might include completed or implemented lesson plans or assessments, classroom observation data, student focus groups, videos of before/after teaching or anonymized student work compiled into a single document. (Please Note: If you are not able to implement your professional learning plan before submitting this form, you can share your plan for collecting evidence of educators transferring their learning into their teaching practice and sharing it with us and the broader Rethink PD community).
There are three different application windows. When should I apply?
If you’re able, we’d recommend submitting your application for the earliest cycle you can. That’s because if you aren’t selected for an award that cycle, we’ll automatically reconsider you for the next month. However, keep in mind you can only submit once and cannot update your application once submitted, and if you are more likely to have stronger evidence of educator learning later in the summer, that could improve your chances of receiving an award.
How can the prize money be used?
It can be used for any activities that directly support innovative professional learning. It cannot be used for political campaigns, lobbying efforts or anything that is not directly related to innovative professional learning in your context. It can be used for stipends, study tours, materials, etc.