Giving Compass' Take:

· Writing for Education Dive, Dallas Hicks explains five ways districts can use professional development and trainings to successfully implement new student safety platforms.

· Why is it important to provide teachers and faculty with professional development opportunities? How can these programs be supported?

· Read more about the need for professional development in the rise of the digital education era.

When our district implemented a new student safety platform last year, I knew it wasn’t going to be enough to simply roll out the new technology and expect administrators and teachers to embrace it and engage with it. Like any new technology, this one would require both upfront and online professional development. I also knew that this had to take place on the administrators’ and teachers’ turfs, not in our IT department.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not really a “classroom person.” I’ve spent most of my time on the technology side of the educational environment.

However, I also have two school-age children of my own, so it was pretty obvious to me that we needed a platform that would not only keep our kids safe online by alerting the right people when students used profanity in emails or documents; viewed inappropriate content online; threatened self-harm; or bullied their peers.

Even before rolling out the Gaggle student safety management platform, we worked with our vendor to set up a robust professional development program. Here’s how we did it:

Don’t just throw it at administrators and expect them to use it. I felt like it was important to spend some time with administrators, and for them to sit down and see what we were doing. That would help them see the platform in action, understand why it was being put into place, and let them know what we were getting into.

Read the full article about professional development and student safety platforms by Dallas Hicks at Education Dive.