Becoming a community of novices: How teacher agency bolstered professional learning in a pandemic context

Presentation Date: 

Thursday, April 21, 2022


American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Diego, CA

Presentation Slides: 

The COVID and #BlackLivesMatter pandemics elicited an unprecedented need for professional learning spaces wherein teachers could learn to deliver effective instruction in the midst of ever-evolving instructional contexts. Given the rarity of the circumstances, we used a convergent mixed methods design to survey 203 teachers and conduct focus groups to probe their perceived professional learning needs and professional learning experiences throughout the pandemics. Teachers reported varied learning needs, though these needs were seldom met effectively by their districts and schools. As a result, teachers described exercising considerable agency in locating and participating in aligned professional learning experiences. Such agency may prove an enduring resource for teachers’ post-pandemic professional learning.