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7 Best Practices and Pitfalls of Professional Development
Tuesday December 15, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Presented by Dr. Rena Hall, Director of Training and Professional Development, Frog Street Press
Sponsored by Frog Street Press
Every teacher can probably describe a boring or downright ineffective professional-development (PD) experience they’ve encountered. In fact, one out of three professional development experiences can be categorized as ineffective. There are many challenges when trying to design a successful and engaging professional development program for continuous teacher education.
Teachers tackle new challenges each year from advances in technology, new instructional methods, change in subject content etc., and these challenges pose the question, “What is the most effective professional development?” The objectives of professional development and effective continuous teacher education is to help teachers reflect on their competencies, develop and enhance those competencies, and to keep current on the theory and practice to improve teaching and learning in the classroom. Professional development activities may include workshops, faculty and department meetings, state/local conferences, credit and non-credit college courses (classroom or online), professional learning communities, peer observation/coaching, or individual study.
Whether an administrator looking for useful tips or an educator who wants to hone his/her own skills, the research-based hints in this presentation will help teachers avoid some of the most common problems and mistakes made in professional development training programs. This webinar will bridge best practices with the core tenets of professional development, alerting educators to the items to practice (peaks) and to avoid (pitfalls). Dr. Hall discussed these highly transformative resources, strategies and practices.
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Dr. Rena Hall has been a leader in the educational arena for the past twenty years; she has held many positions in higher education, nonprofit management and within the federal government. Dr. Hall is currently serving as Director, Professional Learning with Frog Street Press. The programs under her purview are highly interactive and based upon a broad compendium of experimental and research approaches.
Dr. Hall received her Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Masters of Education Degree from Central Michigan University and a Doctoral Degree from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Hall has authored several articles and performed research on various subjects related to early childhood education, leadership, professional development, military families, resiliency and parent education. Additionally, she has obtained several certifications in the parenting, educational and leadership domains. Dr. Hall is the author of Peaks and Pitfalls: 7 Best Practices of Professional Development.