Over the last few years, the concept of Professional Development (PD) has emerged as a major field in the education sector. Statists show that its value is estimated to be $18 billion annually. Certainly, the scope for learning and growth of an individual directly depends on PD.
Professional Development has become a prerequisite for ensuring skill development in an individual. It is imperative for the success of a school district, not only for teacher’s effectiveness but overall retention as well.
Renowned scholars like Mark Barnes have talked about the concept of Professional development in the masterpieces like Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes For Every School and Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love.
“In the professional development world, educators seek to learn in many places,” said Barnes. “Unlike the larger, traditional publishers, our marketing budget is small. We must be intentional about how and where we spend money, so we use as many free channels as possible. Plus, even though it’s not face-to-face, meeting people in Facebook groups and Twitter chats have a personal feel and help us connect and build an audience dedicated to our mission.”
“I knew from 23 years as a teacher that the decision-makers are driven by politics and the bureaucracy. Teachers hate this, so I felt confident that most would respond well to our formula, which includes practical solutions that our authors have been using for years but most educators have overlooked because they may be too obvious,” he adds.
Barnes believes that there is a simple truth about professional learning. “You are likely to learn more from the right book, one Twitter chat, a half-day Edcamp or a single podcast episode than you’ll learn in a whole year of district-driven professional development,” he states.