Choice and Voice
Teacher-Centered Professional Development in Action
Have you ever felt like most professional development consists of lectures about how teachers shouldn’t lecture? If we expect teachers to create student-centered learning experiences for students, we owe it to teachers to design teacher-centered professional development, both in terms of workshops and embedded coaching.
Sit-and-listen PD can give a teacher great ideas about education, but what happens when it comes time to put these ideas into practice? How many teachers sit in workshops that don’t apply to their subject area, or simply don’t resonate with their teaching style?
When principals and instructional coaches take a servant leadership approach, student outcomes improve. That means allowing teachers to set their own goals. Servant leaders trust their teams to do the right thing, and provide the support to make their goals a reality.
Jeff not only has a vision for 21st century schools, but he understands the realities of the classroom. I’ve seen his passion and ingenuity first-hand, when he was introducing differentiated and collaborative learning in his own classes, and while we implemented a school-wide blended learning initiative. Jeff uses technology, not as an end in itself, but as a way to put students at the center of their learning. His experience in the business world is evident in his ability to develop innovative programs and to drive collaboration among teachers.