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10 Concrete Steps to Planning PD that Thrives

It’s that time of the year again! As we get ready for the start of the school year, professional development leaders everywhere - whether leading PD for a school, district, region, or state - are making yearlong professional development plans in hopes that by improving adult learning we can impact student learning. If you or someone you know has been tasked with that challenge, here are 10 concrete steps to planning PD that thrives throughout the year. Each step featured includes downloadable resources to help make your job of helping teachers a little bit easier.

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PD that Thrives Part 1: Interactive Professional Development Strategies

This is the first installment of Lessoncast's Planning Professional Development that Thrives series for professional development leaders at the school, district, region, or state level. We're all making yearlong professional development plans in hopes that by improving adult learning we can impact student learning. After leading countless PD sessions I’m still surprised when teachers say, “Your PD is so interactive! Usually we’re lectured to death!”. Here's one way I avoid this trap!

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PD that Thrives Part II: Lead Face to Face. Leave Digital Footprints

When delivering face-to-face professional development, what happens after the inservice day is over or after the guest presenter leaves? Right now school and district leaders are planning professional development that will take place in the upcoming weeks as part of our back-to-school routine, but what will be the impact by October? January? How much of the PD we plan today will result in changes in teaching practice tomorrow?

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On Mirages and Movements: Confessions of a Professional Development Leader

The recent TNTP report, The Mirage, revealed a secret that I’ve long avoided admitting out loud – that most teacher professional development (PD) efforts do not appear to have a measurable benefit to teacher or student learning.

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