Critiquing Professional Development

March 13, 2007 1 min read

Professional development is a critical issue for educators. In this Education Week Commentary, middle school teacher Kim Chase looks back on a particularly ineffective workshop she attended.

After days of long, obscure, and sometimes ridiculous lectures, Chase and her fellow teachers left the session feeling it was a complete waste of their time. She encourages educators to resist participating in such innocuous training and urges the establishment of more meaningful professional development.

What is your experience with professional development workshops or activities? Were they helpful or ineffective? How would you improve them?

A version of this news article first appeared in the TalkBack blog.