Improving Professional Development

EdSurge is in the midst of their Fifty States Project. This project is bringing in a story from each state about the use of technology in the classroom. One of our fellow Southern states, Georgia, was in the limelight last week with a story from Valerie Lewis on “Why Most Professional Development Stinks—and How You Can Make It Better”. Valerie is a High School Language Arts teacher in Georgia who recently took charge of her PD. She offers tips to both Administrators and Teachers on how to get the most out of organized PD sessions and personal PD.


She suggests that administrators give teachers agency over the topics of PD, choose topics that are true to what teachers need to learn, and offer transparency in what is being taught and why.

On the other hand, Valerie encourages teachers to dive deeper into their own PD, owning the process by networking and connecting with other professionals, attending conferences, and researching PD opportunities.

Interested in reading more? Click here to read the full article, and comment below on your suggestions for encouraging better PD.