In 2013, I am committing to completely redesign how my District offers professional development. With all of the changes occurring in education, several things are clear:
1. The need for extensive professional development over a wide variety of topics exists.
2. Simply adding a professional development (day, hour, session, etc.) to teacher contracts will be insufficient to meet the learning challenge.
3. Traditional whole group 'sit and get' meetings destroy autonomous learning and must be dramatically scaled back.
4. Learning ownership must be transfered from the district/building level to the individual teacher level, thereby driving engagement and responsibility.
The re-design will be based in part on game-theory and tied to a set of District created teacher competencies, as well the teacher self evaluation and goal setting process in the new Ohio Teacher Evaluation System.
If it works out my additional commitment is to share the entire system/process with others.
What is your big professional goal for the new year?