Showing posts from May, 2012

5 Proven Strategies for a Successful PD Day

Does the talk of professional development in your building make teachers cringe and hope to plan their next root canal on a PD day?  Professional development doesn't have to be painful or boring for teachers.  Under the guidance of a forward-thinking principal, @MrGrimshaw, and with the help of an awesome present and past PD rep, @thompson_SHS and @justintarte, respectively, at Seckman High School, we have been able to add fun and interactivity  to our PD days. Now teachers are getting more out of professional development and more teachers are getting involved with PD.  Here are 5 strategies we have used to increase teacher engagement and enjoyment of our professional development days.

1.  Make sure each activity is part of your PD plan.

The first step to a successful PD day is to have a long-range professional development plan.  Scheduling random sessions with no rhyme or reason to them will leave teachers unsure of what to expect on professional development days and leaving the…