Teacher professional development should get personal

Professional development for teachers has come a long way since I began my career.

I remember sitting in district- and state-mandated seminars that felt disconnected from my teaching style, my challenges and my classroom. These teacher training courses, which were intended to grow our capabilities, lacked direction in advancing our effectiveness with student success. At times, some teachers felt it was a “cattle call” approach to professional development. The “what” and the “how” of our learning had a systemized feel with limited input from teachers themselves.

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