Effective professional development is ongoing and sustained, engages participants in the pursuit of answers to genuine questions, and helps participants reflect on their teaching and build collegial relationships.
To improve student achievement, schools must weave continuous learning for teachers into the fabric of the teaching job. Teachers need partners who can help them enhance their knowledge and skills. In order to accomplish this, teachers and professional development providers should form genuinely collaborative relationships.
The Southeast Center for Education in the Arts works collaboratively with schools to develop and implement site-based professional learning programs that include summer workshops and individualized mentoring during the academic year.