Professional development can be expensive. A 2015 survey by the New Teacher Project put this figure at an average of $18,000 annually per teacher. For the largest districts in the country, that could amount to $8 billion annually, according to the survey.

That’s a lot of money, even for a medium-sized district like mine–we have about 14,000 students and 1,000 staff members at Livonia Public Schools in Michigan–to spend on PD. But there are ways that districts of all sizes can provide high-quality professional development without breaking the bank.

Livonia Public Schools put this idea to the test a few...

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About the Author:

Tim Klan is Administrator of Information and Instructional Technology for Livonia Public Schools. He handles the overall planning, organization, and execution of all district IT functions. Tim began his technology career in business, worked for 16 years as Director of Technology at Garden City Public Schools, and joined LPS in 2014.