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7 steps to more engaging professional development

7 steps to more engaging professional development

Professional development doesn’t have to be a drag—here’s how to improve it

professional-developmentMost administrators and teachers share a common view of professional development: It’s not always as productive as they hope or it takes valuable time away from more pressing instructional demands. But seven simple steps can lead to more engaging, collaborative, and effective professional development, no matter the topic.

“We don’t want our teachers to think that any of our staff development is a waste of time,” said Amber Teamann, assistant principal at Watson MST in Garland, Texas, during an edWeb webinar. “It’s just a manner of conveying [professional development] in a way that allows your staff to get on board and have that passion. You want staff development to be something that is impacting student success.”

Teamann outlined a professional development strategy using the acronym LEARNER. Each step, she said, leads to better professional development approaches.

(Next page: The 7 steps to better professional development)

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  2. cpsuniv

    February 5, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks Amber enjoyed reading your article on improving Professional Development.

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  3. ellauliya

    February 10, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I appreciate this article is very good