Some Professional Development Avenues Attend professional conferences present mini-workshops to colleagues

Some Professional Development Avenues
Attend professional conferences
present mini-workshops to colleagues
Attend workshops and institutes
Observe other teachers teaching
Be coached by an expert
Participate in a book discussion group
Be mentored
Participate in a research study
Collect & analyze student data
Participate in on-line professional development
Conduct action research
Participate on a school improvement team
Consult an expert
Participate on a school/district PD committee
Critical friends
Peer coach
Cross grade level meetings
Peer observation & analysis
Develop curriculum
Plan lessons with colleagues
Do an independent study
Read professional journals & books
Do lesson study
Review professional literature for effective
E-mail correspondence with presenter
Shadow another educator
Examine student work
Take university courses
Grade level meetings
Videotape and assess your own lessons
Invite colleagues to observe &
debrief a lesson in your class
Visit schools with model programs
Write articles
Join a professional organization
or network
Keep a reflection journal
Listen to audiotaped presentations
Mentor another
Adapted from the works of Leslie J. Kerman, ASCD, D.L. Howell (2003) and Rick Wormele (2003)
Typical Teacher Professional Development Activities and Resources
Distance education programs
Curriculum development
Development of instructional materials
Grant writing
Action research
Individualized study
Study groups
*Support for beginning teachers
Training of trainers
Leadership training
Expert presentations
Computers and Internet links
Audiovisuals to preview and borrow
Distance education facilities
Professional books, journals, teacher
Facilities for individual study
Group meeting facilities
Sample curricula
Commercially made instructional
Teacher made instructional materials
Equipment and supplies to develop units,
lessons, instructional materials
Labs to preview and borrow
Photocopy machines
Information on community resources
Work areas
National, state and district mandates
Information on associations, networks,
outside professional development
Recreational facilities
Dining facilities
Gordon, Stephen P. (2004). Professional development for school improvement: Empowering learning communities, Boston, MA:
Pearson Education, Inc.
Addressing Professional Development Time Barriers
Consider possible times for professional development:
 Morning sessions (released time with substitutes or other coverage)
 Afternoon sessions (released time with substitutes or other coverage)
 Alternating morning and afternoon sessions (released time)
 All day sessions (CE days or stipends)
 Intersessions
 Summer
 Saturdays
 *Evenings