professional Development Days for Educational Leaders

November 4, 2017

We have added a new service to our Educational Leaders. We can come into your school and assist you in running your Professional Development Days for your senior students and your staff members. When we plan your training and coaching we follow the steps below:

1. Gain Buy-in with your Team

This is really important as when people are involved with putting forward their ideas around the training within your school they become more engaged in the process. I would highly recommend that you put out a survey with a few questions that will help you to gain your team’s immediate needs. This also puts some responsibly onto others to contribute to this process.

2. Plan, Plan, Plan, and Prepare

Just as you plan for lessons that you hope will go really well, you must spend a good amount of time planning and preparing for the PD you deliver. I often use a 2:1 ratio when thinking about preparation — it takes two hours of planning (at least!) for every 1 hour of delivery. Your facilitator’s agenda should include extensive details for what you’ll say, how you’ll structure the learning, how you’ll transition between sections and so on. The success of your PD lies heavily in your plans.

3. Facilitate Learning

Consider your facilities role when delivering PD to be one of a facilitator of learning. Your role is to guide this learning — even if it’s about something you know a great deal about. The familiar does not need to know everything, they need to encourage and bring out the wisdom and experience from others within the team. Remember that synergy comes from a knowledge of a combined sum, not an individual. Your team will respond better if they are engaged and feel like their point of view is valued.

3. Allow Time to Implement and Reflect

You’ll want to offer lots of structure for your PD, but you must also allow time for reflection. We disengage if we are not involved and just listening to the facilitator. This may sound like this: “I’m going to give you a few minutes to reflect on what we just talked about. If you want to write about it, that’s fine. If you prefer to just think, that’s fine. If you’d like to talk to a partner about your thoughts, that’s fine, too.” You can incorporate choices about who people partner with, what they chose to focus on or read about, how they decide to practice their new learning, and much more.

4. Start and End on Time

A technical yet key move is to honor the times that everyone has agreed to engage in PD. We all know this, but I’m still surprised at how often facilitators don’t honor this. If you’re running out of time, you can’t keep everyone; you’ll need to work on refining your plans so that you can do what you want to do in the time you have allocated. Here’s the thing about time: it’s about trust. When you say you’re going to start at 3:15 p.m., and you do, you immediately gain a little bit of trust. When you end at your stated time, again, you gain trust. And when you regularly start on time, you’ll find that people will be more likely to show up on time.

6. Use different Engaging Methods

Use your imagination – think about how you can create an environment that will simulate thinking and learning. What kind of experience do you want to create? It could be using motivational music, having games, using videos, role playing, decorations. Anything that stands out from your normal meeting room or class room. This creates excitement and brightens up the space.

9. Once the training has completed – Gain Feedback

At the end of every PD you facilitate, ask for feedback. I ask five simple questions: What did you learn? What worked for you? What didn’t work for you? What questions or concerns do you have? Is there anything else you want me to know about your experience today? In order to refine your PD delivery, you’ll want to gather and reflect on this feedback every time. This is probably the number one way that I’ve improved my PD: I listen to and respond to feedback.

I have attached a brochure of some topics that may be of interest to you, Of course we customise to your immediate goals so if you have something else that you would like to facilitate than we will be able to deliver your in-house programs as well.
Some Topics that may interest your School

Give us a call and we can discuss customising your training and coaching for your immediate needs and goals.