Inviting Your Thoughts on a Comprehensive PD System
In August 2015, the National Council for Adult Learning (NCAL) hosted a Blog entitled Moving PD Closer to the Top. In this Blog, several adult education practitioners and researchers expressed thoughts and ideas concerning the creation of a more effective and comprehensive system of professional development (http://ncalamerica.org/blog/moving-pd-closer-to-the-top).
Then, in September 2015, Johan Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), U.S. Department of Education, and Gail Spangenberg, President, National Council for Adult Learning (Board Chair), and Founder and Managing Director, Adult Learning Partners, co-authored the article, “Throwing down the Gauntlet for PD.” In this article, the authors ask us to “…rethink and restructure recruitment, training, and program staffing and benefits so that more of the current workforce is motivated to remain in the field and so that young professionals are inspired to enter Adult Education as a respected and fully professional career goal.” The article, which is posted at http://sites.ed.gov/octae/2015/09/24/throwing-down-the-gauntlet-for-pd/, sets six priorities for creating an effective PD system for adult education. The priorities are…
- Consult with Those who Provide the Services
- Define What Constitutes an Effective Adult Education Teacher
- Identify and Adopt/Adapt Good Training Models and Approaches
- Build PD Explicitly into Adult Education Planning
- Improve Data Collection for PD
- Develop Clearer Communications
In response to the challenges implicit in the six priorities listed above, the Association of Adult Literacy Professional Developers (AALPD) sponsored a pre-conference at the April 2016 COABE conference in Dallas, Texas. Attendees brainstormed ways to make each of the six priorities a reality, but this effort represents only a start. Many more voices need to ring in on the issues. Specifically, we need YOUR input.
The National Council for Adult Learning (NCAL) has established a new Blog, Picking up the PD Challenge (See http://ncalamerica.org/blog). With input from some of the AALPD pre-conference participants, the NCAL Blog provides summaries of key points related to each of the six priorities for PD. We invite you to read the summaries and contribute your own questions, comments, and suggestions. NCAL will synthesize the input from all contributors and publish a full paper. Please post your thoughts and recommendations to the Blog. Thank you!
-Mary Ann Corley (for AALPD and NCAL)