Engaging Staff in Professional Development
Submitted by Sherry on May 13, 2019 - 3:58pm
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At the MAACCE 2019 conference in Linthicum, Maryland, I shared the Adult Education Teacher Competencies and the ESL Pro materials on increasing rigor, digital literacy and career pathways. In both workshops, participants brainstormed way to engage their staff in professional development. Ideas generated by the group include:
- Work with state's education department to develop a credentialing/certification system for adult ed
- Use the Adult Ed Teacher Competencies and self-assessment as a tool for teachers to reflect on their practice and prioritize their interests and needs for PD planning
- Facilitate classroom observations to encourage teachers to improve practices such as formative assessments
- Post PD opportunities on organization website for easy access and survey interests
- Pair experienced teachers with new teachers for peer-to-peer mentoring
- Use the language of adult ed teacher competencies to help teachers develop their craft (before using the competency labels!) and start conversations with them on what they're doing and what areas they'd like to improve or learn more about
In Rhode Island, we have been successful in engaging educators in PD with learning circles, a kind of study group developed by www.p2pu.org, where practitioners complete online learning in-person through weekly 1-2 hour meetups where participants alternate between the online learning space and discussion. Talking about what they are learning, sharing ideas and learning from and with peers has been an effective way to offer peer support, encourage staff to engage in PD opportunities and get them excited about learning. Our teachers have done learning circles with Google educator training and other online courses.
Please share your strategies for engaging adult education staff in PD. We'd love to hear about your state's or organization's policy for PD as well as successful practices.