We are almost at the mid year point - and it's time to reflect on where we've been. Many of us have struggled with developing and implementing successful professional development that reaches the field where many teachers are employed part time. Many of us have struggled to fit more PD in our days in order to meet the growing demands of our students / programs. How are you delivering professional development? Or, How are you participating in PD? What makes a PD opportunity 'worth' your time?
I wanted to draw your attention to an upcoming LINCS discussion in the PD group. While the focus on this discussion is on ESL instruction, I find the PD model fascinating. Videos of teachers in class leading discussions and activities were recorded and then framed with tips and strategies so ESL teachers who had barriers to participation in PD would have easy access to best-practices. I invite you to follow and engage in this discussion and at the end, I'd like to get your feedback on if this model is something you can re-create for any of your PD trainings.
I have been working with program administrators and state leaders who are currently creating their PD plans for FY18. (I know -it's hard to believe we are moving so quickly toward the end of the fiscal year.) I'd like to share some ideas for consideration and then I'd love to hear your thoughts for the upcoming year.
Every new-year begins with resolutions. For educators, these resolutions are often built around professional goals. As you enter 2017, what are your professional goals and how do you want to achieve them? Sometimes, in order to set realistic goals, we need to start with a reflection of what we need to do. Jennifer Gonzalez has set of what she calls Gut-Level Reflection Questions to help to pinpoint your needs.