Improving Together - The Importance of Getting Admin Involved in PD

In today’s complex and ever-changing school system, constant and continuing professional learning is critical. However, investment in time and resources for professional learning does not automatically translate into improved classroom practice nor does it naturally result in an increase in student achievement. Educators are often so inundated with training on different topics that successful implementation can be difficult.

One way to greater impact professional learning outcomes is to get school and district administration to promote and participate in professional learning alongside faculty. By doing so, administrators are more likely to be seen as knowledgeable about instructional matters, more accessible and approachable by staff, and set the tone, direction, and expectations for learning. Bringing a team of faculty and administration to PETE&C each year provides many positives but none greater than having classroom teachers participating in professional learning beside school and district administrators.