Ongoing Professional Study Is Crucial for Teachers
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
For me, ongoing professional study at the building level is crucial for teachers to keep up the new research, improve their practice and students’ learning, and to share teaching ideas with colleagues. Yet, the first funds governments, both federal and state, cut are those for ongoing professional study. We are living with tough but unfunded mandates.
However, it is possible to conduct professional study during the school day. Some schools schedule common periods for grade level teams and for content departments. There are schools that have weekly or bi-monthly early dismissals so that teachers can complete professional book studies, read and discuss articles from professional journals, and bring written samples of students’ work to study, discuss, and think about and suggest interventions and mini-lessons.
Please take some time to share what your school does to nurture and advance professional study and growth among faculty.