Discussions, not questions
Add discussions instead questions so educators can share their ideas, reflections, and questions with the group as they read. This can add a lot of fun and kickstart the face to face conversation
Read through the article and interact with your embedded discussions/media/ideas during the meeting. This allows staff to go at their own pace, re-read, and dig deeper into the text. Teachers have said they found this approach much more fun and informative than just reading the article. After a specified time has ended begin a whole group or small group discussion around what they read/said in the article. End with a whole group discussion where the instructor summarizes ideas and action items in a sticky note at the bottom of the article.
Flip your meetings
Instead of delivering information during the meeting and risk staff becoming unengaged, have them complete the InsertLearning lesson before the meeting. This also allows staff to begin the discussion BEFORE your meeting even starts. Everyone comes to the meeting ready to discuss and act on what they've learned. You can also see who read the article by whether they responded to discussions/questions.
Create a self-paced PD library
Assign articles from a range of articles and allow teachers to complete them at their own pace
Annotating for PD
Add these instructions at the top of the lesson. Only the instructor and the "student" can see them, but it's a great way to connect with the article. Try adding a discussion at the end asking what is the 1 thing they want to try from the article.
Directions for annotations while reading:
a) highlight YELLOW things you agree with (at least 1)
b) highlight GREEN things you would like to try (at least 1)
c) highlight RED things you disagree with/would have a hard time trying
Whole school, department, or PLC: Create and enroll in multiple classes to keep things focused