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What is Good Professional Development?

One reason teachers leave the profession is surely that the profession doesn’t feel all that professional sometimes. This is caused, in part, by poor professional development. (It is also caused, in part, by poor teacher attitudes around professional development… but that’s a topic for another post.) In designing professional development that’s good, I find the […]

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24 Tips for Leading Better Professional Development

At this point in my career, I’ve led over 100 different professional development experiences, ranging from keynotes to conference sessions to whole-day breakouts. The work has been with a broad spectrum of audiences: whole district staffs ranging from 6 people (total staff, whole district) to 1,500; elementary teachers exclusively; secondary teachers exclusively; ELA-only groups; only […]

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How (and Why) to Ask Administrators for PD Funding

Every year, the US spends billions of dollars on teacher professional development. That’s a lot of money. If you stacked up $100 bills one on top of the other, a billion-dollar stack would be taller than the Burj Khalifa — the world’s tallest building. Unfortunately, much of this money is wasted. As Dan Weisberg of […]

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How to Improve School Cultures, Part 5: Simple, In-House PD

In an article for HaYidion, a principal at a Jewish day school in Houston describes his recent experiment in shadowing a student for a whole day. Among other benefits, he explains that this “day in the life” exercise gave him greater empathy for students, credibility with students, and insight into effective instruction. It got me […]

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What Makes Great Professional Development?

Good professional development doesn’t come in a single kind of package. It kills me when I hear people say things like, “Everyone knows that one-and-done PD doesn’t work.” Find a dozen master teachers and ask them to list the five best professional development experiences they’ve ever had, and you’ll find that they’s list every kind of […]

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