Commentary: Teachers’ Professional Development: A Vital Lever for Change

  • Megan Webster

Abstract

In this interview, Megan Webster describes key tenets of teachers’ professional development. First, it needs to be practice-focused, meaning that the subject is very close to what teachers do every day. Secondly, teachers need to have opportunities to examine expert forms of practice; teachers need models of excellent performance. Finally, teachers must be able to practice and receive feedback in a supportive environment with peers who work in the same subject. This model, described as the "cycle of investigation and enactment," is best implemented in a sustained, long-term way. This model allows teachers to build relationships, develop trust, and commit to improving their teaching practice. She concludes by stating that high-quality professional development for teachers is "one of the greatest levers for change that we have."

Published
2015-09-01
How to Cite
WEBSTER, Megan. Commentary: Teachers’ Professional Development: A Vital Lever for Change. LEARNing Landscapes, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 1, p. 37-46, sep. 2015. ISSN 1913-5688. Available at: <http://www.learninglandscapes.ca/index.php/learnland/article/view/Commentary-Teachers%E2%80%99-Professional-Development-A-Vital-Lever-for-Change>. Date accessed: 18 jan. 2018.