7 Best Practices and Pitfalls of Professional Development

Presented by: Dr. Rena Hall, Director of Training and Professional Development, Frog Street Press
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Every teacher can probably describe a boring or downright ineffective professional-development (PD) experience they’ve encountered. In fact, one out of three professional development experiences can be categorized as ineffective. There are many challenges when trying to design a successful and engaging professional development program for continuous teacher education.

Teachers tackle new challenges each year from advances in technology, new instructional methods, change in subject content etc., and these challenges pose the question, “What is the most effective professional development?” The objectives of professional development and effective continuous teacher education is to help teachers reflect on their competencies, develop and enhance those competencies, and to keep current on the theory and practice to improve teaching and learning in the classroom. Professional development activities may include workshops, faculty and department meetings, state/local conferences, credit and non-credit college courses (classroom or online), professional learning communities, peer observation/coaching, or individual study.

Whether an administrator looking for useful tips or an educator who wants to hone his/her own skills, the research-based hints in this presentation will help teachers avoid some of the most common problems and mistakes made in professional development training programs. In this webinar, Dr. Hall discussed highly transformative resources, strategies, and best practices that bridge the core tenets of professional development, alerting educators to the items to practice (peaks) and to avoid (pitfalls).