Letting teacher PD slide during reopenings might seem tempting, but it's more important than ever to keep it at the top of the list

3 ways to prioritize teacher PD as schools reopen


Letting teacher PD slide during reopenings might seem tempting, but it's more important than ever to keep it at the top of the list

As schools make plans to reopen, it would be easy for school and district leaders to put teacher PD on the backburner. There are, after all, a lot of competing priorities – from managing first-days-of-school schedules to navigating new cleaning protocols to building culture and community.

High-quality PD is still critical to teachers’ success, and now is not the time to scale back, especially given the ongoing challenges teachers are facing this school year. Creating time and space for professional learning will help teachers recharge their batteries.

Below are three ways to help efficiently and effectively prioritize teacher PD for the remainder of this year and beyond.

Streamline feedback to teachers via video observations

A year ago, most teachers would have told you they had never recorded their teaching. But now the opposite is true: most teachers have seen their teaching on video. Given that the experience has been normalized, there is an opportunity to finally make video observation an integrated part of the observation and feedback process.

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