Bins filled with notebooks and colored pencils in store checkout aisles are a true indication that schools are back in session—or getting ready to start over the next few weeks. This means that many administrators are in the midst of conducting the first professional development seminars and retreats for their staff and faculty.
As teacher evaluation software providers, it pains us to hear from teachers and administrators who are unsatisfied with how professional development (PD) is occurring in their school or district. Evaluations are for naught if they aren’t tied to concrete, actionable means for teachers and staff to improve their skills. Our approach to teacher growth is comprehensive, and requires ongoing conversation. As a part of that effort, here are five common pitfalls to avoid as you work towards offering better professional development for teachers.