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Kick Start the New School Year w/ PD Teachers Love

Written by 25 July 2012

The new school year is upon us, which means that providing your teachers with the professional development they need (and want) is more important than ever.   Here are 4 ways to kick start the new 2012/13 year with a  PD program your teachers will love!

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1. Embrace Social Media:  This opens the door to endless possibilities for teachers and students. Teachers can collaborate with other teachers from around the world, connect for global projects, learn from others, and find great resources! These are things that can help them become better in their own classrooms. The possibilities are endless.

2. Be Teacher-to-Teacher:  Educators love the idea of learning from each other because it’s relevant and practical. They like to learn from someone who’s been in their shoes and who is giving advice they can immediately apply in their classrooms the very next day.

3. Include Self-Directed Learning: When teachers feel empowered to learn and explore on their own… they want more…they do more…and they feel that the PD is relevant to them. They have a sense of ownership and that is a critical component for long term success.

Kick Start the New School Year w/ PD Teachers Love

4. Be Ongoing and Supportive: Above all, teachers need to feel supported and connected. They need a sense of community where all participants are dedicated to one goal: making teachers successful in the classroom. Too often programs fall flat because PD is isolated on "days".

***Download SimpleK12's 4 Secrets to a Successful PD Program eBook
to view additional content, resources, and ideas  to help you create an exciting, successful PD program that your teachers will love.***

What ideas do you have? Please share them with me down below in the comments area.

P.S. Want more tips to help you prepare for the new school year?

SimpleK12 has an entire day of free PD for administrators on Thursday, August 2nd. Join us and learn with educators all over the world.  Attend our Admin Day of Learning and you'll discover 6 great webinars to help you kick start the new school year.
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Kick Start the New School Year w/ PD Teachers LoveWHAT:   SimpleK12's "Administrator Day of Learning"

WHEN:  Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

WHO:
   All are invited but space is limited.

COST:
   FREE!

Our fun-filled day of virtual learning starts with a keynote and is packed with online sessions all day long.  Attend one, or attend them all.

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