What PD used to look like.
On Monday we will attempt the unthinkable at BHS. We are going to have a Professional Development experience that fulfills the needs of all teachers! It is my firm belief that this day will not be another in a long line of experiences where the words Professional Development can be considered oxymoronic.
As educators know, in many cases PD Days are typically experiences that offer little engagement or relevance. Typically, the people (administrators) in charge of setting up the days do a poor job of communicating with staff about what they would find beneficial. This usually leads to a day where staff has little or no choice and the result is little to no impact back in the classrooms.
However, Monday's PD has been designed by teachers for teachers. Our Superintendent sent out a blank schedule on a Google Doc. a few weeks back and asked teachers to fill in the slate and lead sessions on topics that interest them. Yes, we decided to replicate the edcamp concept for our PD Day. Check out the great schedule below that our staff at the high school created! There are multiple sessions in each timeframe that I am excited about!
I am cannot wait to get the teacher feedback from sessions and hear what they want to see more of as we continue this new model of PD. My mind is racing with follow-up steps, but for now I will just get past Monday.