Coordinating Resources for Professional Development
Professional learning increases educator effectiveness and results for all students. It requires prioritizing, monitoring, and coordinating resources for educator learning. Resources should be allocated for professional learning equitably among schools within the district. Resources supporting professional learning opportunities should be accurately and adequately tracked to promote better decision making and increased quality results.
Professional learning resources come from many sources; government allocations, public and private agencies, virtual learning communities, and educators. Costs for staff, registration, facilitators, consultants, refreshments, materials, stipends may be easy to track. Others, such as time educators are engaged in job-embedded professional learning and technology used for professional learning, are more difficult to monitor. Personal and Professional professional development can begin with the following sites: Annenberg Learner, Teachers Engage, Thinkfinity, LearnNC, Homebase, etc.
How do you identify the right people to best deliver professional development?
What options should be considered in determining an appropriate time to deliver professional development?
How does the cost factor affect the delivery of professional development?
How do you determine the necessary materials, technology and otherwise to ensure a successful delivery?
Looking at the end result, student achievement should be the focus of any professional development. Creating a logic model can facilitate reaching that goal. A logic model focuses on the theory of change and uses words and or pictures to describe the sequence of activities that will be used to achieve the change.
- Identifying the problem(s) - (What is the district need?)
- Naming the desired result(s) - (What is the goal for the future?)
- Developing the strategy for achieving the goal(s) - (How can the goal be achieved?)