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…