The TESOL Higher Education Interest Section summer newsletter just came out, and in it I’ve contributed the article Brokering Meaningful Professional Development. This article represents the culmination of a year-long effort to align administrator and faculty expectations related to ongoing PD.
Engaging in PD is of mutual interest to both parties. For the teacher, PD fosters ongoing growth, combats burnout, and keeps the individual’s skills set fresh and marketable. For the program, PD can lead to communities of reflective practice, engaged and committed teachers, and higher-quality instruction. Despite the mutually beneficial outcomes, there are certain preconditions each party is responsible for, and without which, meaningful PD may not flourish. The article outlines these preconditions and process our program used to define and establish ‘meaningful professional development’. Read more here.