Professional Development

Effective PD & Using Resource Teachers

Professional Development

  • determine and share learning goals
  • focus (identify Greatest Areas of Need)
  • meet them where they are
  • model what you expect
  • be safe
  • have time and support attached

Learning Goals

By the end of this session you will have a clear understanding of the criteria of effective professional development.

Resource Worth Reading

The Purposeful Classroom: How to Structure Lessons with Learning Goals in Mind by Nancy Fisher and Douglas Frey


What is the focus of the PD going to be? Consider the Board Improvement Plan, School Improvement Plan, SMART goals of the department and any other areas on which you might focus. PD is most effective if it is focused.

Example: Pillar teams (Assessment and Evaluation, Literacy, Numeracy, Pathways, Mental Health, Community, Culture and Caring).

Professional Development should be invigorating and exciting not discouraging or overwhelming.

Meet Them Where They Are

Just as you would differentiate in a classroom, differentiate your PD so it is accessible for everyone. The goal is for everyone to move forward, not for everyone to get to the same place all at once.

Model What You Expect

  • Three-part PD (Minds On, Action, Consolidation)
  • Collaboration
  • Opportunities for Dialogue and Professional Conflict
  • Use protocols
  • Respect time

Resource Worth Reading

Groups at Work: Strategies and Structures for Professional Learning by Bruce Wellman and Laura Lipton

Lucy West -Talk Into Action