Effectively Making an Educational Staff Development Plan Optimizes Teacher Time.
In-Service Learning Should Be about Reforms and Improvements to Teaching.
Making an educational staff development plan is not always easy. There is a lot of competition for teachers’ time and, from a classroom standpoint, every day is precious.
The chief purpose of making an educational staff development plan is to promote reform in the classroom and in education in general. Any reform requires teachers to center on changes to their own practice of teaching for better results. Any reform that increases student engagement, enhances retaining or critical information, and allows for higher academic achievement should go at the top of the list for material to use in staff development plans.
We can safely say that teachers are far more likely to modify their everyday instructional practices (which is a huge key) when their professional development is linked directly to their daily experiences and aligned with standards and assessments.
In other words, tie in what you are offering with what your staff already does every day. This way there is an immediate tie-in and teachers can see the connection. Additionally, the staff developer should role-model every strategy and give teachers a moment to practice it in small groups.
Staff Development is a Requirement
Making an educational staff development plan is required for teacher recertification and licensing in all states. That requires teachers to spend a considerable amount of time in on-going development, in-service training, or post-graduate credits. There is so much to learn, but because the need to attend in-service development sometimes outweighs the effort to gain meaningful knowledge to use in the classroom, many teachers spend many hours learning how to use a digital camera, a GPS device, or other pedestrian subjects rather than filling the hours with solid, meaningful reforms to apply in the classroom.
Jensen Learning Can Help
That is where Jensen Learning can step in and help. Jensen Learning presents three major off-site workshops for educators.
- “Teaching with the Brain in Mind”
- “Teaching with Poverty in Mind”
- “Tools for Maximum Engagement”
Additionally, each of these workshops can be modified to fit time constraints and can be delivered by Eric Jensen or a certified instructor on your campus for your staff in the time allotted by accessing our PowerPoint training presentation resources on our website.
Jensen Learning also makes resource material to review so you can lead your own teacher training in how to adopt brain-based teaching techniques that have been proven to be much more effective at engaging students of all walks of life in the learning process.
Other Materials Help You Develop Staff
Jensen Learning produces a line of PowerPoint presentations designed to help teachers deal with challenges in the classroom including such topics as:
- Asperger’s syndrome
- Learned Helplessness
- Nutrition and Learning
- Memory and Recall Success
- Implementing Brain-based Education
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder & other conduct disorders
- The relationship between poverty, emotion, and stress on learning
- …plus many more.
You can download a free sample of the PowerPoint presentations by just clicking the link. You will find them polished and professional with complete and thorough notes. With the information contained in the various PowerPoint files, and what you have learned by attending the workshops, you can prepare in-service training to orient your staff on the cutting-edge techniques used to help these students of greater need.
A Fast-Growing Segment of Student Population
One additional product that proves very helpful is our 4-DVD set, “Enriching the Brains of Poverty.” Children in poverty, a growing segment of the student population, are comprised of over 20% of the students, on average. Coming from backgrounds of poverty has a tremendous effect on distracting students from achieving success in academics. Contrary to what is expected, these students can be taught and they can have high performance and high scholastic achievement if the right techniques are applied.
Ask for Help
Learn more about how to make your school a high achievement school. You can contact us in four ways:
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone us at (808) 552-0110
- Fax us at (808) 552-0220
- Mail us at Jensen Learning, P.O. Box 291, Maunaloa, HI 96770
We will be happy to discuss with you the many ways we can help you in making an educational staff development plan that is worthwhile and tremendously helpful to your teachers and students.