Thursday, January 27, 2011

Transforming your "wish list" into meaningful professional development

As an educational leader, I believe that one of my most important responsibilities is to support teachers with their plans for professional growth.  In that role, I have found that plans are easy to develop.  What is more difficult is the follow up on those plans.  It is the follow up that I have found among the most satisfying aspects of being an educational leader.

Why is the follow up sometimes difficult and how do I approach this challenge with teachers?

For me, the key is to try to link the plans with an agreed upon set of goals and objectives.  The goals and objectives are important because plans without goals and objectives are simply a wish list.

The differences between goals and objectives can be hard to determine, but it is important to do so in order to help teachers make a determined commitment to putting their plans into action.

Plans are important, but only in terms of being a positive first step in professional development.  Remember to connect those plans to goals and objectives in order to transform the wish list into meaningful actions that support great teaching and learning. 

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