The AIMS Center for Math and Science Education is prepared to help. We are available to collaborate and build an effective Professional Development Plan for your school or district. We know that educators benefit from good sustained professional development and in today’s high stakes era of standards and student achievement it is usually focused on student learning. Current research says traditional one time PD is ineffective and does not change anticipated outcomes. The biggest obstacle for schools or districts is finding ample time to afford teachers quality, worthwhile PD.
It takes considerable planning, support, and time to see the implementation of educational reforms be successful. It is my opinion that we will never expect less rigor from students and teachers than we expect today, but perhaps continue to require more. If that is so, then we should evaluate, create, and plan for effective PD that shows outcomes that benefit students in school.
I will continue to read and share the most current research about PD. Future posts will share my findings. I hope to give some you insight on what considerations you may want to make in developing an ongoing PD plan.