Unfortunately, under the recently adopted Washington state budget, the Legislature appears to have ignored this fact by eliminating all state funding for professional learning. Local districts will have to scale back or eliminate entirely their professional-learning budgets, actions that will harm the quality of teaching and learning.
They contrast the old professional development of in-service days/workshops to the "new" approach of the following:
- Seattle - specially prepared teacher leaders help their peers implement the new district math curriculum. To improve student performance in science, the district uses up-to-date performance data to identify specific learning needs at every school and provides corresponding team-based professional learning and coaching to address particular areas in need of improvement.
- In Federal Way, the district supports a school-based coaching model that leverages the expertise of peer teachers. And the White River School District in Buckley operates a professional-learning-community initiative that is seen as a model program by other districts.
When times are tough, let's slow the development of our teachers so when times are good again, we will be behind. Worldwide Citizen
I agree that professional development in education is critical. What program(s) should be cut in order to pay for it? Posaune
Us parents have seen no impact, no improvement in the sea of mediocrity that your teacher colleges produce annually nor from the seminars you provide on those "in-service" days that interrupt the school year but provide employment for the purported educators for the educators. You have all summer long to have the teachers come in for some extended quality seminars, an expense which would be tax-deductible by the teachers attending. These one day seminars provide almost no bang for the buck. Brier Guy
I'm somewhere in the middle and I hope any teachers will help us out. For me, there seems to be a lot of professional development days, both at the district and school level. I found it annoying to have both because I had to really watch the calendar and make sure you knew what time and what days my student would be home early.
But no matter how it felt to me or any other parent, teachers, what works? What helps? What makes teachers not attend the workshops? Is there any way to give feedback to the district on what works?