Professional Development for Educators: Benefits & Types

Professional Development for Educators: Benefits & Types
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Instructor: Maryalice Leister

Maryalice has taught secondary and college English and trained new online teachers, and has a master's degree in Online Teaching and Learning.

Completing your degree and obtaining professional certification are only the first steps in a teaching career. Professional development involving ongoing reflection, focused study, and targeted conversation with colleagues ensures best practices are being implemented for overall student success.

Why Professional Development?

Margaret had a good first year in the classroom, but her second year has not been going as well. The variety of her students' needs has been challenging, and what works one day does not work the next. She knows the school and district expect all children in her room to read at a third grade level by the end of the year, but she is concerned her students won't measure up. She decides to share her concerns at the grade level meeting and learns she is not alone. By meeting's end, her colleagues commit to formulating a plan and process for support with implementation and follow-up.

Professional development can be as formal as a year-long plan driven by the school district and underwritten by state or federal grant monies or as informal as Margaret's approach - reaching out for ongoing support and assistance in an effort to collaboratively resolve issues and promote deeper learning. Regardless of the source of the plan, the constant is the overarching commitment to learning and improvement.

What Are the Benefits?

Ongoing professional development enhances both personal and company growth, and when tied to the field of education, ensures best practices are being examined and implemented so teachers and students excel. The topics explored are as diverse as the teachers, students, and schools, but clearly, a teacher who subscribes to the process strengthens the ability to reach students and make a difference.

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