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