In-School Resources for Teacher Professional Development

Instructor: Eric Campos

Eric has tutored in English, writing, history, and other subjects.

Being a successful teacher requires you to constantly learn and expand your craft. Learn about ways you can develop your teaching profession through your own school and district as well as some unique opportunities for professional development online.

Developing Your Teaching Skills

School districts want to make sure that every student is receiving the best education possible. To accomplish this, it becomes crucial to assist teachers in developing their professional skills. As new teaching research becomes available, educational departments across the country try to filter this information to teaching staff for them to gain new insight. A lot of this development is geared towards helping teachers perform better in the classroom and improve in their role as an instructor. Professional development can come in many forms, including workshops you can attend in person and even online resources.

Topics Covered in Development Programs

There is an abundance of workshops offered year-round and in the summer. You can find professional development programs by engaging with your school administrators and fellow teachers to inquire when and where these events are held. Many school districts and individual schools publish schedules of these workshops which can be found online. Some topics may include:

  • Managing Classroom Behavior
  • Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English
  • Lesson Planning and Weekly Syllabus
  • Instructional Technology
  • Curriculum
  • Assessments and Performance Standards

Online Resources

In addition to physical workshops, seminars, and literature you may take advantage of, there are additional resources online. Many state/local education departments offer online modules that teachers can access in their free time. These online resources may also work in concert with physical courses or workshops that are offered by the school district. also offers several online professional development courses that are available for your use. Here are a few to get you started:

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