246: Kicking it off with PD

It is time for a new year and that means it is time for engaging professional development that will help teachers learn and grow.  When we create professional development sessions, we want them to be beneficial for teachers and to create buy in among our colleagues. This podcast episode discusses 5 ways to boost engagement, create buy in and have a successful year of professional development. Tune in!

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  • Start your PD off knowing that you set the tone.
  • Teacher input can be helpful in planning. You may not be able to control the content, but you can control the mode in which teachers participate.
  • Voice and choice goes a long way in teacher buy in.
  • Sit down with your administration team and prioritize requirements and see how much time you have left for what teachers want to do.
  • A PD committee can be a great voice and move everyone in the building in unison towards the same goal for PD.
  • Decide ahead of time what the requirements are for teachers so they know exactly what is going to happen pre, during and post PD.

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I am a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.