Professional Development In Education

Professional Development is fundamental in the educational field. Mizell (2010) states: “professional development refers to many types of educational experiences related to an individual’s work.” (p. 3). This training is an integral part of any organization as it teaches members the skills needed to participate while increasing success. Coutinho & Teles (2011) have indicated that the key to motivating students while increasing their participation is to establish an exceptional professional development program. Teachers gain knowledge and increase their pedagogical practices by participating in collaborative communities that support their professional development (Barth, 2001). Chen and Mitchell (2015) further support the concept that a professional …show more content…
In truth, when teachers are placed in an environment with a more knowledgeable colleague who shares their knowledge, then it will create opportunities for them to model and practice the information and knowledge obtained in their own classrooms (Chen, Lin, & Wu, 2015; Mizell, 2010). According to several researchers (Borko & Putnam, 2000; Cherkowski & Kelly, 2015; Mizell, 2010), professional development increases and strengthens the impact individual teachers or school leaders have on the educational practices perform within their schools. Furthermore, continuous professional development is also essential as it helps teachers to find effective ways to help students become active and critical thinkers (Berry et al., 2009). Research by Mizell (2010) also indicated that during professional development, teachers are engaged in the process of finding improved and suitable ways to positively change the methodologies used to educate …show more content…
Also, when teachers share their skills, they can build on each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Through collaboration, education becomes exceptional, as it will meet the varied differences that each child possesses (Feng & Witcher, 2010; Cherkowski & Kelly, 2015). Through the sharing of resources during formal or informal workshops and meetings, teachers can support and share insights that facilitate all learners while improving the success of the school. School professional must be aware of multiple strategies that can be used to improve student learning and outcomes (Giraldo, 2014). Therefore, the support given during collaboration can help teachers develop assessment, classroom management skills, and strategies needed to meet the expectations of parents and school leaders. Furthermore, when novice teachers get the support they need in their early professional years, they can grow to become a valuable and active educator. Smith and Ingersoll (2004) has suggested that the implementation of programs for novice teachers from a more knowledgeable colleague has positive effects on the teachers’ career as an active educator as opposed to not being

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