Types of Professional Development

There are many types of PD, ranging from intensive single or multiple day workshops to ongoing in-depth process-oriented models.  Each type may be appropriate at different times for different participants, but all should be considered when a school district is making decisions regarding how to best assist their staff in meeting their PD requirements and interests.  Some examples are:
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
  • Group focused - brings greater resources together
  • Collaborative effort among PLC members - voluntary, committed, parity among members, common goals
  • Extended time commitment -requires time for individual and group research and communication
Group Workshops
  • Group focused - often provided for mass audiences
  • Cost-effective – more “bang for the buck”
  • Individually focused - one-on-one or small group
  • Emphasis on observation & feedback - often as mentoring for new teachers
Individual PD
  • Individually focused
  • Driven by perceived needs or interests - especially for specialized knowledge or when other means are not available