When we think of professional development, we often consider the event, session, or series, as it will be taking place. We focus on the “providing” aspect of the professional learning, at times, ignoring the other key parts. A focus solely on the providing of professional development makes it that much more challenging for PD providers to understand why some sessions are successful and others are not. In these situations we are seeing just one tree, and not the forest, and a focus on only one part of the design process inhibits our ability to create Professional Development for Learning (PDL).
PDL is built around three different phases: Planning, Providing, and Following-Up. In order for professional development to lead to learning, all three phases must be equal focal points. In this Edchat Interactive, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the PDL design framework, consider what research says about professional development for learning, and dive deeply into the Planning phase of professional development design as a means to start learning off on the right foot.
firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter at @fredende, and is the author of the ASCD book, Professional Development That Sticks. You can see some of Fred's work and writing at www.fredende.com.