The Most Professional Professional Development
By David B. Cohen
“Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.”
“Yeah, I know; and such small portions.”
– from “Annie Hall”
Substitute “professional development” for “food” in the quote above, and you’d have the attitude of many teachers regarding that aspect of our work. Most of us would like more professional learning opportunities, but there are so many ways that it’s done poorly. Most of us can cite examples of trainings or presentations that were ineffective because of problems with the concept, design, delivery, timing, or lack of follow-up. Conversely, when we have valuable professional learning experiences, they seem like rays of light breaking through the stormclouds, revelations. (Cue: “Hallelujah Chorus”).