Planning Professional Development with the Student in Mind

Planning professional development is an important part of every instructional leader’s work.

But it’s also a task full of challenges. It requires a leader to look at both the big picture and the details. To really make a difference with professional development, leaders need to consider the needs of students and teachers, create clear expectations for implementation and provide the right amount of support for everyone.

CEL Chief of Staff Jennifer McDermott and Laurie Cooper, director of teaching and proficiency learning at the Woodburn School District in Woodburn, Oregon, show how to approach this difficult task and learn specific skills to plan professional development to impact student growth.