16 08, 2018

6 Best Practices for Developing Effective Safety Professional Development

By | 2018-08-23T15:52:30+00:00 August 16th, 2018|Professional Development, Teacher Professional Development|0 Comments

While learning may sit at the top of your district’s needs hierarchy, the health and safety of the school community serve as its foundation. In addition to increasing teacher effectiveness and decreasing teacher turnover, professional development (PD) provides the only sure way to implement appropriate school-wide safety strategies and processes. Not doing so can prove harmful – and even deadly. How can you ensure that your safety PD program addresses your teachers’ needs and prepares them to handle safety issues confidently? Use these best practices to develop effective safety PD. 1. Include actionable training Incorporate your safety PD in the form of significant, actionable training throughout the entire school year. Consistent, ongoing opportunities to develop skills and attitudes require time to reflect and integrate into everyday practice. 2. Incorporate a three-phase training program Plan all phases of effective training based on the following components: planning, implementation, and evaluation. The evaluation component ensures that training will change over time as you receive and utilize feedback. Training will also vary based on constitutional, societal, and environmental factors. 3. [...]

7 09, 2017

Best Practices in Planning Professional Development for Educators

By | 2018-06-28T20:08:42+00:00 September 7th, 2017|continuing education, CPD, education, Educational Content, K12, PD, Professional Development, Teacher Professional Development, TPD|0 Comments

The most effective Teacher Professional Development (TPD) programs treat teachers as lifelong learners who want to integrate new curricular methods, content, and strategies into their classrooms. The Learning Policy Institute culled findings from 35 reports to describe the most effective TPD. Effective TPD is: ● Content focused ● Collaborative ● Sustained ● Coaching based ● Ongoing How can you include these elements into your TPD planning? Use the following steps. 1. Incorporate real-world modeling situations. The classroom shouldn’t be the first place teachers use new strategies. Instead, TPD should offer teacher opportunities to model classroom approaches to other attendees. Some examples might include: ● Interactive lectures ● Field or lab experiences ● Inquiry-oriented activities 2. Build in time to let teachers implement lesson plans and receive feedback. The best TPD gives teachers opportunities to try out their newly constructed lesson plans within weeks. Afterward, scaffold in time for feedback on other teachers’ new lessons and rubrics. This peer-to-peer collaboration can also last long after the TPD if teachers are given opportunity and means to share [...]