Almost everyone agrees that we need to personalize and differentiate instruction for students. But all too often we don't do the same for educators.
Listen to Brian Nichols, principal of Hidenwood Elementary School in Newport News, Va., and winner of ASCD's 2010 Outstanding Young Educator Award, discuss how his staff members receive personalized and tailored professional development. Instead of all-staff workshops and trainings that may not be relevant for a particular teacher or could be way above or below a certain teacher’s skill level, Hidenwood educators benefit from individual professional development plans that meet their specific needs.
For another example of personalized professional development, read about how one rural school district in Wyoming has adopted a choice-based and teacher-led professional development model.
Does your school individualize professional development? Share your comments on the benefits and challenges of this model.