The PD Revolution: Nurture the Natural Changemaker, Step 3 (Summer Series) | Darcy Bakkegard | 7 Min Read

July 13, 2023

What if professional development were seamlessly integrated into the day-to-day operation of every school and district? What if districts or departments within a school collaborated on relevant training? What if professional learning was about not just developing skills but solving challenges and breaking down barriers to teacher and student success? What if learning and developing ourselves as teachers were acts of joy? 

When done well, professional development (PD) can keep people in the profession, help address teacher burnout, and improve the conditions for teaching and learning. The first step to more meaningful professional development is adding the time and structure for the systematic implementation of inspirational PD. The second step is to honor the individuality of staff members and replace mandated training with goal-oriented, personalized PD that simultaneously cultivates new skills while elevating the expertise of educators

What’s the next step?

Structure professional learning to build agile, flexible thinkers empowered to revolutionize education. Nurture the natural changemaker at the heart of many educators and equip them to design and test solutions to educational challenges. The world is moving too quickly to think that top-down solutions and mandated resources will foster change: targeted, grassroots adjustments—and…

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Darcy Bakkegard

Darcy is a change consultant and co-founder of The Educators' Lab. After more than a decade in the classroom teaching English and theatre, Darcy now creates the type of PD she always wanted, driving change in education and empowering teachers as changemakers. Through her work, teachers reconnect with their purpose, rekindle their spark for teaching, and reignite the JOY of teaching and learning. She specializes in professional development design and implementation, interactive strategies for the classroom, meaningful tech integration, and building relationships with students. Darcy holds a Master’s of Secondary Education, is an ISTE Certified Educator, an experienced international presenter, and believer in the power of education. She lives in Fargo, ND with her husband Jeff, and toddler triplets, Kurt, Ben, and Cora.