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Complexity & Organization in a 21st Century Professional Development Network...

Complexity is shown in the intricacy and cohesion of interrelated ideas or processes within a system. Some professional development projects operate from very simple organizational models which are quite efficient for executing simple goal sets. Other P-D projects, especially those looking for a vibrant, sustaining, community of practice can be quite complex in design. As reflectivity and the products of reflectivity build up within a teaching & learning community, these projects can grow even more complex at an organizational level.

ANUAH's organization functions on 4 levels of personal development. All of these levels are entwined in a number of ways, and members may be participating at multiple levels, but each "level" has a distinct targeted group of members. The "level of membership" in our learning network is defined by the target audience of a participant's thoughts and products.

The Professional Developer level of participation is central in cultivating the community of practice coalescing around this project. I have come to see this group as the central-axis of network development. This network of teaching and learning will flourish through the development of our collective intelligence and organizational skills within this central group. AND through our ability to diffuse these ideas and processes to the other teacher-leaders, teacher participants, pre-service university students, and K-12 students participating in our expanding network of TAH thought, resources and projects.

Participation in this level of organization is optional for any educator willing to contribute thought and energy to our shared vision and set of goals, but is mandatory for all project team members receiving project funds from the U.S. D.o.ED. Office of Innovation & Improvement. These "Professional Developers" work to provide the primary leadership and organizational energy for all network initiatives through their own projects and courses, plus advisory board participation and their work on the Operational Task Groups (OTGs). These task groups are the primary day to day engines of coordination and growth for specific areas of the network as a whole, but with overlapping membership and periodic strategic advisory board meetings. The current network organization supports 8 OTG's, each with its' own facilitator, members and goal sets. Here's how things stand at present...

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Comment by Cindee Karns on June 10, 2010 at 1:39pm
Let's pick up the Teacher Leader level again.

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