In-Service Days Complement Professional Development Activities

A rich knowledge base exists on the benefits of thoughtful, multi-year professional development activities for schools, districts, and dioceses, inspired in large part by federally funded research on school improvement, organizational change, and adult learning styles. Effective educational leaders are familiar with insights gleaned from this knowledge base, and typically plan professional development activities that are tied to a school’s strategic plan, embraced by a majority of the faculty, and conducted and evaluated over the course of several years. The activities can include everything from webinars and simulations to mentoring and coaching. Well-designed and executed professional development for faculty is a [...]