Lessons Learnedby: Matthew J. Maurer

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Have you participated in professional development (PD) programs that never met your expectations? Have you found it difficult to find a program that fits well with your academic and pedagogical needs? If so, the author shares your sentiment. In this article, he describes three lessons learned while developing and conducting a PD partnership program. Creating a good fit, fostering a sense of community, and providing time for adequate reflection are essential to teacher involvement.

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  • on Wed May 11, 2011 9:55 PM

Anyone who is involved in providing professional development should read this article. It is a reflective look on the struggles a PD partnership had over the course of two year project. By sharing their struggles and how they dealt with them, others can learn from their mistakes. The main takeaway message here is "know thy audience", which is very important for anyone trying to plan PD.

Kate  (Louisville, CO)
Kate (Louisville, CO)

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