This comprehensive resource examines five major models of professional development and how they can be implemented and tailored to meet the multifaceted needs of any school or district.

Supporting the Individual Educator: Helping People Do Their Thing

Supporting the individual educator: Helping people do their thing

I like working with others, but there are things I learn best when I'm just following my own nose.

—reflective observer

We begin our report with a focus on the educator as an individual. We start here partly because teachers and principals are the central clients of professional development. In schools, most instruction is given by teachers working by themselves (in some cases paraprofessionals or teaching assistants are present). A goodly portion of staff development should be directed to these special individuals, who have a very personal responsibility for educating our children. And most of professional development for principals needs to focus on supporting and leading those teachers. All the ...

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