It’s safe to assume that as educators, we desire effective PD that feels worthy of our time. PD that is relevant to where we are professionally — and all the better if it resonates personally, too. We yearn for PD that doesn’t stop at one-day-in-time inspiration, but that gives us the tools and collaborative framework necessary to realize real change. At the end of day, why do we engage in professional development? Because we want to ensure each and every student has access to a quality, well-rounded education.
Because PD can take on such varied forms, it can be difficult to weed through the wealth of potential opportunities. Review 5 critical components we’ve found to be indicative of effective PD: