Monday, January 4, 2021

Professional Development - Lifelong Learning


“Teaching isn’t one-tenth as effective as training.”- H. Mann 

Professional Development (PD), specifically in education, more often than not has a goal of positively “shifting” an educator’s behavior, knowledgebase, and attitudes, with the ultimate reward of impacting student improvement. So, it's really about the educator honing their skills and best-practices to create better classroom experiences for both educator and student. As the saying goes, “work smarter – not harder!”

The minute I became an educator back in (cough, cough) 1985, I became a lifelong learner. Considering best instructional practices, up-to-date strategies, and varying (almost daily) trends as well as curriculum and delivery via technology, there's never been a need so great as solid professional development.

A deliberate professional development calendar allows for collaboration – a way to learn from each other MUST be on-going – it's a process, not an event! Professional development, or targeted, topic-based needs for impacting student learning, disseminates the expertise of the presenter to others. Note, professional learning is based on the specific needs of the students and school community. Schools may have what is referred to as PLCs, Professional Learning Communities, where collaboration of pedagogies is on a united front aimed towards student learning.

The more I know as an educator, the more powerful and impactful my teaching becomes towards improving and increasing learning opportunities for my students.  Please check out izzit.org’s professional development calendar and topics. There is no-cost for PD or any of the amazing resources izzit.org provides.

As you will note, I often quote Horace Mann – “Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power.”

I look forward to “seeing” you at our PD events.