Alternative Professional Learning Plan Outline

Goal: My intermediate school staff will discover and engage collaboratively in activities using a maker mindset to create growth mindsets and become life-long learners that are infinite problem solvers and spark igniters.


Learning Goals Assessment Activities Learning Activities
Foundational Each staff member will authentically voice their “Why” into a handheld mirror.  They will name a student to remind them of their purpose. Reflection of their individual “Why” compared to their current “How”.

Honestly name a student to tie into their current how.

Create individual Why, What and How diagrams.

The first starting from their original “why”.  The second starting from their current “how”.

Application Each staff member will use their authentic original “why” to create ownership of actions. Discussion of initial agency versus the current state of agency amongst another without engaging in the blame game. Build collaboratives amongst the staff members by giving voice and choice.

Stage 1

Staff members will reflect upon current PLC meetings then voice how collaboration and inclusivity appear. Discuss the five key elements of professional learning. Authentic Collaboratives align to create a better mix of staff members groups.

Stage 2

Staff members analyze their current mindset on support and choice, ownership, voice and authentic after professional development or PLC meetings. Discuss the need for leadership to be an authentic choice within the creation of the collaborative, collective and database. Discuss resources needed. Discuss timelines based on urgency from vital state requirements down to possible student suggestions/wants. Every staff member will document their valuable and unique skills by entering them into a compiled digital database.  Students will also be given a choice to contribute their talent for ongoing support.




Staff members engage in a growth mindset by connecting each other’s talents to success throughout the building. Discuss the myriad of talent in the building.

Discuss the importance and impact of consulting students as we learn and build a viable knowledge database.

Show value to staff by reaching out to integrate skills through cross-disciplinary assignments, projects and/or programs.



Staff members are encouraged to take on the maker mindset by feeling safe, supported and empowered to take risks and try new innovate content or creative solutions to issues. Discuss how learning can take place through failure.

Reflect on various background talents of staff and students and how they can provide a spark to create previously unseen solutions.

Staff examines tasks that have been seemingly impossible to resolve to date. In collectives that are accessible within the format of a support forum, previous failures can be examined.  Staff members then employ their talents, skills and acquired life knowledge to imagineer new possible solutions.



Thomas D. & Brown, J.S., (2011)  A New Culture of Learning

Dweck C.S. Ph.D., (2016)  Updated Edition, Growth Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Wiggins G. & McTighe J., (2005) Expanded 2nd Edition, Understanding by Design