District Administrator (formerly Curriculum Administrator), October 2001

Here are seven tips for producing professional development programs that are valued—and enjoyed—by the participants:

1. Develop hands-on skills. Teachers want to perform better and to help their students perform better. Thus, "inspirational" speakers who do not impart information that teachers can actually use in the classroom do not make for good leaders of training sessions.

2. Know your audience and resources. Don't teach advanced techniques to teachers who have not yet mastered computer


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