Teaching is considered by many to be an unappreciated and undervalued profession. The world is demanding changes in education that move toward more focus on teaching critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. Changing standards and changes in the ways students learn require new lessons and strategies to reach students. And teachers continue to feel the pressure for their students to perform well on assessments. Teachers juggle many other different aspects of teaching that are equally as important such as classroom management, instruction, curriculum, school culture and operations, parent relations, and interactions with other teachers. Still, those who love the profession, are not surrendering. Teachers are not giving up on their promise to teach the next generations. What ARE they doing? They are constantly looking for ways to improve their craft through professional development – or professional learning. And now is the most important time for all schools – private or public – to help fund the critical need for teacher professional learning.
Benefits of Effective Professional Development
Teachers have been partaking of professional development for years, just like doctors, lawyers, real estate professionals, and others. However, research has shown that professional development of the past did not impact student learning. Only professional development implemented effectively is shown to have a direct positive correlation on student performance.
PD Gives Students The Best Opportunity To Learn
Most would agree that the most important outcome in education is student achievement. But how do we get there? While no one can force a student to actually learn, what we can do is put the most educated and knowledgeable teacher in the classroom with a plethora of tools at his or her disposal to positively impact the ability of students to learn. Professional learning can give students that best teacher.
PD Allows Time For Teachers To Learn And Practice
A recent study reports that it takes teachers 20 separate instances of practice to master the implementation of a new teaching skill with students. Effective professional development is not just a one hour workshop and the expectation that it will impact students. Effective PD means giving teachers not only the knowledge of a new skill or strategy, but that time to implement the new skill until it becomes second nature. The length of time for the PD has to be considerable and continuous to give teachers the time to learn a new strategy and contend with the implementation challenge.
PD Gives Ongoing Support To Teachers
Effective professional development doesn’t end with the passing on of the new skill or strategy. Teachers need support while they make attempts to implement the strategy to help them get through any challenges or frustrations they may have from changing their instructional practices. Studies have found that when teachers are supported during this phase, they change their teaching practices.
PD Provides Focus For Schools
Professional development provides schools with a focus for learning and creates a culture of learning throughout the school. Professional learning communities provide a team approach to learning and a focus on common goals. When all administrators and teachers regularly increase their own knowledge and skills, it shows students that learning is important. With everyone – adult and child – learning within the school, you’ll show everyone that you are serious about achieving at the highest level.
Look To Chatsworth Hills Academy For Focused Professional Development
If you’re looking for a quality example of effective professional development implementation, check out the faculty and administrators at Chatsworth Hills Academy, a premier, private IB World school located in the San Fernando Valley. Our environment of learning and growing exudes throughout our campus and impacts elementary and middle school student achievement every day. To find out more, request a tour online, or call (818) 998-4037. You’ll find our exceptionally knowledgeable teaching staff is one of the reasons CHA is the best private school in Los Angeles.