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What does high quality PD look like?

Today I was at my district's professional development committee meeting and was talking to my building's co-chair, @Thompson_shs , when an interesting question was posed: What does high quality professional development look like? Seeing as we were at a district-level meeting, there were representatives from elementary schools, middle schools, and of course the district's two high schools.  Since the needs of learners in each level of school is different, should professional development look different at each level?  Or should it look the same at each level since strong instructional practices are similar all across education?  I am not sure that PD should be similar or different in each level of education, but here is what I do know about high quality professional development: High quality PD meets the needs of all the participants. High quality PD is not quiet .   Teachers are talking, moving around, and interacting. High quali