Roundup Post: Characteristics of Meaningful PD
By guest blogger Leanne Link, communications assistant at the Center for Teaching Quality
Who better to lead conversation around teachers' PD than the people who have experienced it? In May 2012, seven teachers shared their visions for the future of PD. Here are elements that participants said could make PD particularly effective:
Teacher Ownership: Teachers should have more choice on focus topics, format, and who's in their PLCs, suggests Delonna Halliday. And when teachers lead their peers in PD, colleagues listen, Sarah Brown Wessling emphasizes.
Self-Reflection: Teachers need time and space to reflect on their own needs and experiences, says Jessica Shyu.
Hybrid Roles: Sarah Brown Wessling shares what she learned from her year as a part-time classroom teacher and part-time PD instructor.
Virtual Spaces: Even when conducting PD in person, giving teachers a chance to follow up and reflect on blogs and wikis can complement live interaction, says Jennie Magiera.
Add your comments to the bloggers' posts belowand make sure to join us next month, when participants discussed extended learning opportunities.