Thursday, February 7, 2013

Strengthening Professional Development

An essential part of efforts to improve your school is effective professional development. Traditionally, it has included workshops, seminars and conferences. Too often these activities didn't result in long-lasting change and had little impact on student learning.

Contemporary professional development focuses much more on job-embedded activities where teachers and school leaders work together. Things like peer-coaching, collaborative work teams, study groups, book study, action research, and mentoring can be far more effective in promoting improvement, supporting teacher leadership and changing practice.

This week I read a blog from ASCD that describes 8 steps to improved professional development. I found it helpful and want to share it with you. I hope it is useful in your continued work to improve your school.

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