Professional Development Plan Template

Instructor: Sharon Linde
An important aspect for educators is to grow professionally throughout their career. This lesson explains professional development and provides a template to use as a tool for tracking and monitoring one's development as an educator.

Why Professional Development?

Like most professions, teaching evolves. This means that what we were doing fifty, twenty-five, or even five years ago may not be what is best for our students today. Research in the field of education helps guide us as professionals to determine what we refer to as best practices, methods and pedagogy that will achieve maximum results with our students.

Best practices can change quickly, so how can we stay on top of what's up-and-coming? One way schools and districts monitor and maintain professional development practices is to require educators create and maintain a Professional Development Plan, or PDP. This plan is used to outline goals and monitor professionals over time. Let's take a closer look.

The Professional Development Plan

Like we said, the PDP is used to help educators stay on top of their practice. How does this work? The PDP is a living document that records goals, identifies methods of achieving them, records steps taken towards meeting the goal, and measures overall progress. Though PDP's can vary widely depending on the school, district or intent, most contain these criteria:

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