A Guide for An Effective Professional Development
Effective professional development is a structured professional learning that is the output of the changes that occur in the practices of the teachers and also improvements into the learning outcomes of the students. There are various ways in order for the person to be efficient in terms of professional development and it needs to be incorporated so that one can achieve the ideal outcome.
You need to make sure that the PD is conted focused and supports the learning of the teachers that is right within the context of the classroom. It includes the focus in the discipline-specific curriculum improvements and pedagogy in various areas like in mathematics, literacy and also in science.
ANother element worth considering is the active learning that will aid the teachers in engaging directly to designing and then trying out various teaching strategies, while providing them the opportunity to engage in the same kind of style of learning made for their students. This kind of PD will make use of various interactive activities and some other strategies to provide deeply embedded and highly contextualized professional kind of learning for the professionals like teachers. The good thing about this approach is that it get rid of the traditional learning models and the lecture based environments and it has no direct connection to the teachers’ classroom and to their students.
Another element needs to be considered is if the PD provides space for the teachers to share ideas and collaborate onto their learning, most often in the job-embedded contexts. Through working in collaboration, one can create a certain community that will change the culture and the instruction of the whole grade level schools, or district.
You need to check also if the PD makes use of the models for effective kind of practice necessary for every teaching professionals. The curricular models and modelling of instructions must provide the professional teacher with a clear vision on what is the best kind of practice would appear. The teachers need to view the models that will include the lesson plan, observation of the peer teachers and sample works of the student, and other models.
It is also important that the PD can provide expert support and also the a good coaching to the teachers especially those who really needs it. Finally, the expert support in terms of coaching will eventually involve the share in terms of the expertise of the content and at the same time the practices that is evidence-based, that is focusing directly to each of the needs to the teacher in their teaching.