Brandi J. Clark

Writer and Educator

How Do You Solve a Problem like Assigned Professional Development?


Indeed we thought solving a problem like Maria was tough…but what about assigned professional development?

My Issue

Last week, I was asked to attend PD that was not PD…at least not for me…

I knew before attending the PD that it would not meet my learning goals.

My fears were proven correct.

I was disappointed. I was frustrated. I did not develop professionally.

My Observations

I know myself as a learner. Always have. Always will.

I need to choose my learning opportunites. They need to match my goals.

The Problem

Last week happened…

What should I have done?

The Thoughts I Carry Forward

We walk a fine line when deciding the professional development for others.

We need to think about how we offer PD to educators.

We need  to consider voice and choice in selecting PD.

We need to have open and honest discussions about professional learning.

We need to let go of the idea that staffs need to learn the same things, at the same time and in the same ways.

We need to embrace the idea that some teachers learn best on their own and not in groups.

We need to recognize that learning is an emotional experience and it needs to fit the user.

Quesions that Remain

How do you provide access of PD to staff that fits the needs of everyone?






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