5) Don’t be afraid to change.

If you want to realize different results, you have to do things differently. It seems obvious when you say it out loud, but it’s easy to fall into thinking that each individual piece of your approach to something as complex as professional development works, or should work, even when the whole thing together is not producing the results you want.

As administrators, the PD practices in our schools and districts are usually there because we like them and we believe in them. It can be difficult to let go of those things sometimes, but we have to look at the data and see what’s working and what’s not, and try new things, even when they’re hard.

Professional development is all about change. It’s about helping teachers change their practices to create positive change in students’ lives. To do that, we have to be open to change ourselves.

About the Author:

Dr. Kandace Bethea is the superintendent at the Marion County School District. She can be reached at kbethea@marion.k12.sc.us. Connect with her @bethea_kandace.