Why professional development so often fails


Each week this summer I’m introducing a blog theme that connects popular and important posts from recent years. Each theme offers a number of perspectives on a perennial challenge of school leadership.

This week’s topic is “professional learning.”

The titles of my most popular blog posts have used terms such as “mindlessness” or “near death experience” to describe professional development. That, and my observations of the field for more than 30 years, convince me that professional development has a long way to go before it is viewed as a useful tool by the vast majority of educators.

I encourage you to scroll through articles in this thread to find those that match your interests.

In addition, I encourage you to take a closer look at these essays:

“‘Inservice’ as a near-death experience”

“How to spread demonstrably successful but uncommonly applied practices”

“5 ways to cultivate complex, intelligent behavior in schools”


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