Professional Development

I found an interesting article on professional development from the Journal that describes characteristics for a successful professional development program.  While this article specifically targets on-line course development it seems applicable to other types of professional development as well.  Here is a list of characteristics that teachers desired in a professional development program:

  • They could use right away or were related to a current project;
  • Had built-in follow-up procedures;
  • Fit into their busy schedules;
  • Matched their learning styles;
  • Focused on curriculum;
  • Included leadership or direction from the program chair; and
  • Included a support person (technology facilitator) who they could call with questions.
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    My name is David Gammill and I've had a long interest in technology. Currently looking for an elementary school technology position.
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    2 Responses to Professional Development

    1. All great points. This is a good reminder as I think ahead to my PD offerings for colleagues next year.

    2. ktenkely says:

      Nice lists, this fits right in with the #edchat that happened last week on professional development. Teachers need something that is practical, meaningful, and supported.

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