Here’s my four-part Ed Week series on the topic.
Even though we’ve been very lucky at our school to have great professional development, there have been times that I’ve had to attend absolutely terrible District-sponsored sessions. Unfortunately, terrible sessions are a common experience that many teachers share.
I thought I’d bring together a few potentially useful resources on the topic (including links to a number of related resources I’ve previously published) and invite readers to contribute more in the comments section (you might also be interested in The Best Places For ESL/EFL/ELL Teachers To Get Online Professional Development). You might also be interested in: The Best Ways ESL/EFL/ELL Teachers Can Develop Personal Learning Networks and The Best Places For ESL/EFL/ELL Teachers To Get Online Professional Development:
I’ve got to start off with the recent infamous video clip from a Chicago Schools professional development session that I titled “Though It Seems Like A Parody, It’s A Real Professional Development Event.” I’ll reprint the entire post:
Karen Lewis, head of the Chicago Teachers Union, sent this out:
This is what PD looks like in Chicago. Sick. http://t.co/SmF4kPszIS
— Karen Lewis (@KarenLewisCTU) February 28, 2014
Here is the video’s description:
This presenter was one of several consultants flown in from California and the United Kingdom for the Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Strategic School Support Services’ special network. This is a professional development for teachers of Saturday ISAT preparation classes.
Yes, you can make a lot of things look bad taken out of context, but I don’t think a case can be made that this is appropriate for any professional development, or classroom, context….
Why most professional development for teachers is useless is an excellent piece by Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post. She picked-up on my original post about the video, and followed-up with this one.
What Professional Development Should Be is by Nancy Flanagan.
Your Best Training Session Ever is by Daniel Coyle.
Lesson Study is an excellent post at Class Teaching about that well-known form of professional development in Japan.
Here are some of my previous posts related to professional development:
‘If only American teachers were smarter…’ is from The Washington Post.
What Would Better Professional Development Look Like? is a conversation between Michelle Rhee and Jack Schneider in Ed Week.
Rethinking Classroom Observation by Emily Dolci Grimm, Trent Kaufman and Dave Doty is excellent.
Research Says / Keep Professional Learning Groups Small, But Connected is by Bryan Goodwin (who always writes great stuff).
10 Tips for Delivering Awesome Professional Development is by Elena Aguilar at Edutopia.
Déjà vu in American education: The woeful state of professional development is by Barnett Berry.
How to Read Professional Development Books: 7 Tactics You Might Not Be Using is from Teaching The Core.
If teachers know best about professional learning… let’s follow their lead. is by Barnett Berry.
Developing Great Teaching: Lessons from the international reviews into effective professional development is a new important report from the UK.
We Always Want To Get Better is a report on teacher professional development.
Teachers as learners and leaders: To dos for American decision makers is by Barnett Berry.
Teaching Teachers is from American Radio Works.
Q & A Collections: Professional Development is the headline of my latest post at Education Week Teacher.
It includes links to all my posts on professional development issues from the past four years – in one place!
It’s Time to Restructure Teacher Professional Development appeared in Ed Week.
What We Learned and What Administrators Can Do is from Renee Moore.
Professional non-development: Do teacher development programs work? is from Brookings.
Who’s the Best Deliverer of Teacher PD? Report Says Teachers Still Lack Input is from Education Week.
Evaluating CPD: hard but not impossible is from Must Do Better…
Lesson Study: When Teachers Team Up to Improve Teaching is from MindShift.
No Panacea: Diagnosing What Ails Teacher Professional Development Before Reaching for Remedies is a report from New America.
With thanks to so many people, here’s Version 3 of the list of factors preventing effective CPD. Keep critiquing! pic.twitter.com/QXExxTvfku
— Harry Fletcher-Wood (@HFletcherWood) June 30, 2016
Five Ways to Increase Teacher Agency in Professional Development is from Edutopia.
Professional Development: Are You Content With the Scenario? is by Peter DeWitt at Ed Week.
Q & A Collections: Professional Development is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column. It includes links to all the Ed Week posts on professional development that I’ve published over the last five years – in one place!
SPECIAL REPORT: SMART STRATEGIES FOR TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT is from Ed Week, and it includes the video below.
Teachers’ training needs improvement so students benefit, new report says is from Ed Source.
Effective Teacher Professional Development is from The Learning Policy Institute.
What Modern Language teachers like and dislike about professional development events is from Gianfranco Conti.
How Does Professional Development Improve Teaching? seems like a pretty important paper.
10 techniques for teacher training sessions is from ETpedia.
24 Tips for Leading Better Professional Development is from Dave Stuart, Jr.
I love the way @MrsGill_ shares PD with teachers in her district! Thank you for sharing with all of us too! #ellchat #Ellchat_BkClub #ESL #bilingual #profdev #JoyfulLeaders #joyfulteachers https://t.co/K4UwFQFS6f
— 🌍 ναℓєηтιηα gσηzαℓєz (@ValentinaESL) April 19, 2019
SPECIAL REPORT: BLIND SPOTS IN TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT is from Ed Week.
Stay Sharp This Summer with Free PD Resources is by Curtis Chandler at Middleweb.
Lead Smarter, Not Harder Tip #8: Understand the Reasons for Resistance in Your Building. is from The Tempered Radical.
What a great idea. Who wouldn’t want to end a professional development session with this? https://t.co/NQSRE4k7NU
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) January 16, 2020
Teacher Professional Development around the World: The Gap between Evidence and Practice is a new research paper.
Better teacher habits for better student learning is by Harry Fletcher-Wood.
Professional development that works: three questions to ask is from Harry Fletcher-Wood.
Every Teacher Question From a Single Lesson is from Dan Meyer.
Just finished watching this season’s premiere of Abbott Elementary- a series of clips from that show’s episodes would make a better professional development session than 90% of pd sessions that teachers r required to attend
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) September 23, 2022
Again, please feel free to contribute additional resources in the comments section!