No doubt in your past professional development experiences as an educator you've had learning opportunities that you found to be extremely useful and some which may have seemed like a waste of your time.
Often professional development is very concept based and it never pushes the learner further to consider how these ideas work in the "Real World". The challenge in selecting professional development opportunities is determining which ones will be the "winners" for you.
Time and again what we hear from educators (our learners, our curriculum experts, our development team), is that professional development needs to be:
By REAL they mean that the course or workshop relates to what they experience in their actual classrooms on a daily basis. They want to be considering scenarios, concepts, and skills within the context of their REAL everyday experience.
By RELEVANT they mean that they learn actual skills, techniques, and information that they can immediately apply in their classrooms. There is nothing more frustrating that being taught ideas without being guided to also master their use in an actual classroom setting.
By RIGHT NOW they mean that the educator has complete control over choices and training schedules. Online professional development is flexible to the needs of the learner and allows access whenever it is convenient for you.
At EDTrainingCenter we take these points very seriously. It is important to us that our offerings go beyond theory to get at what teachers really need to know and practice in their classrooms.