Julie Palkowski, Fine Arts and Creativity Education Consultant
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
A New Age of Professional Development.
Educators by nature are coaches supporting the learning of others. They are versed in multiple ways of encouraging students and engaging them through activities which support the development of skills and knowledge in a concept. For their own growth, educators have often relied on journals, conferences, on-site workshops, face to face professional learning communities, and district driven sessions. These opportunities continue today, but there is an additional option that offers educators a way to personalize their own professional growth - online professional development. Online options are plentiful and share a warehouse of resources on a topic of interest and in many cases ways to connect with others who also wish to learn about a specific topic.
Online professional development (PD) sites are unique in their structures, ease of use, purpose, and content.
Many online professional development options offer some incredibly interactive and engaging resources to inform, inspire, and connect. Finding the online options that work best for you may take some time. Consider the following characteristics as you review various PD websites for your learning: (Five Great Professional Development Sites, 2014)