The Future of PD: How Professional Development for Educators Needs to Adapt to the 21st Century
For students to remain globally competitive, teachers also need to be globally competitive. It is common sense and the focus on President Obama’s five-year strategic plan for STEM Education, addressing the lack of qualified teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and the related subjects that fall under each. Grants have been flagged, and federal resources have been dedicated…but how to we make sure our STEM educators get the professional development (PD) that they need? What model works best for today’s busy teachers? As priorities change and develop, how do we best support our educators so our students remain the priority and focus, not bureaucratic details?