How will you link staff development to the growth and development of the school?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Staff development is vital to the development of a school and its faculty.  The vision and goals which are designed to enhance student achievement, professional growth, and developing new and different ways to meet the challenges and demands of modern education can be achieved through staff development.  If conceived in a worthwhile and authentic manner, staff development allows professionals to engage in reflection about how they are progressing in achieving their goals, and can provide real world tools that can be used to help students achieve more and increase teacher effectiveness.  Professional staff development has to reach out from the theoretical into the practical, straddling both worlds.  You can find much in the way of evidence for this in terms of conducting a web search about professional development and the needs of teachers.  Principals and administrators have to wrestle with such a question on a daily basis and, thus, much research is there as to what constitutes "effective professional development."

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Staff development also gives the faculty a chance to revisit the mission and vision of the organization as a learning institution, and helps it view its role in social change. With the continuing changes in learning styles among milennial learners, it is imperative to offer staff and faculty an insight on how these changes should and must affect the way we impart instruction. Also, with staff development you get a unique opportunity to look at what students are doing, the quality of work that is being produced as a school, and you also give a chance to other teachers who may have not had a chance to go back to school to refresh their skills and provide new training.