These 7 Cs of Professional Development can provide a checklist to make sure you are putting your efforts towards the most successful Professional Development possible. It motivates you. It encourages you. It educates you. It empowers you. It excites you and it makes your life easier.
Content is king! Every learner is different, and you deserve a broad range of content areas and delivery methods to meet your individual learning needs.
Make sure your PD plan (whether personal or from your school) includes collaboration as a main component. It’s a BIG world out there – connect and collaborate globally.
In a true community, all members are active participants – everyone feels empowered to add to the discussions of other like-minded professionals who are there to help.
One-size fits all PD just doesn’t work. Give yourself the freedom to learn what you need to learn – and be actively engaged in what you are learning. You chose it.
PD needs to be convenient and online is a GREAT way to go. Anytime, anywhere learning at your convenience. From cell phones, to iPods, to PCs and iPads…. PD really is just an on/off switch away.
Make sure your program is committed to giving you the time to put into practice what you’ve learned, and get feedback later when you need it. The program should also be committed to always bringing you the best resources on a continual basis.
What good are content, choices, and convenience if they are not all related to what you are doing with your students on a daily basis? Your PD program should offer you real-world advice and practical solutions you can implement in your classroom the very next day.
How many of these Cs does your current Professional Development Plan/Program provide? Who is in control? Is it time to take PD into your own hands?
Which one is most important to you? Be sure to visit the Teacher Learning Community for more resources on personal development.