From educational reimbursement programs to attendance at job-specific conferences and multi-day regional events hosting 100s of educators from various schools, professional development (PD) is one of many benefits included in most every International Teaching Contract.
In case you haven’t attended a multi-day PD event, you’ll be interested to know they host well known keynote speakers, presenters, workshops, demonstrations, subject-focused group discussions and an opportunity to connect with other educators from around the region, many in your subject field. Along with the energizing effect comradery has on us all, nothing can replace these events for introducing educators to cutting edge practices and ideas that can be used immediately in the classroom.
COVID, of course, put a crimp on conferences and regional PD events, leaving many of us feeling isolated and unfulfilled in this department. In the face of COVID some schools even broke Contract and abandoned PD all together. Teachers are quoted as saying such contractual responsibilities could have been fulfilled but were abandoned altogether using COVID as an excuse. The fact remains, many of us missed the PD opportunity this past year.
ISR asks: When considering a school for your next career move, how important is a contractual promise of school-supported attendance for teachers at a multi-day, regional PD event? Is a lack of an educational reimbursement programs and/or stipends a deal breaker? Would you accept a position at a school that offered only in-school PD by a colleague? What about no PD at all?
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