8 incredibly easy steps to a professional development makeover

School district expert says good professional development takes common sense, taking advantage of your best resource

creativityresizedThere’s a lot of talk these days, especially with the implementation of Common Core, about how to reform student learning. However, there’s a group of learners education is leaving behind, say experts: Teachers. Professional development (PD) needs a makeover, they say, and it’s a lot easier than you may think.

One of the first slides Tom Murray, director of technology & cyber education for Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Penn., shows to his audience during his recent webinar, “How to personalize learning plans for your teachers,” can resonate with any professional.

Listening to a lecture, a grown man in a business suit is slowly falling asleep in his chair. The title of the slide is “If I Die:” with the cutline, “I hope it’s during a staff meeting because the transition to death would be so subtle.”

“I don’t mean to offend anyone,” said Murray, “but that’s the feeling of most teachers when they have to attend ‘traditional professional development.’”

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Meris Stansbury

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