Today we are going to discuss how to expand the pool of individuals who would benefit from taking your professional development course. There are many different content areas in K-12, and some have a much smaller pool of individuals than others. With a few simple changes, you can expand that group of individuals and increase the enrollment in your course. Continue reading “Tips To Expand Your Audience For K-12 Professional Development”
Timely and relevant professional development are the best type of classes K-12 teachers can take. They are also some of the most important classes we work with in the Distance and Continuing Education program. Many of these classes are what our office calls “School Exclusive”. These classes are as relevant as they get because they are designed for the specific needs of a school district, school, or group of teachers within a district.
Let’s take a look at what resources are available to individuals who plan these classes. Continue reading “Top 4 Resources for Developing a School Exclusive Professional Development Program”
From time to time, actually, quite often, we get an email or a call from a teacher who really wants (or needs) to take a class that is full. These teachers are often wondering if there is a way to squeeze in another registration for that particular class. Continue reading “How To Take a PD Class When The Class is Full”
Is it really that bad to wait until the last day to register for a K-12 professional development class? The short answer is, yes, but also, no. Continue reading “Is It Necessary To Register For a PD Class Early?”
If you have taken a class through our office, then you are familiar with our commitment to top-notch customer service. In fact, our team of staff assists K-12 educators in an efficient, knowledgeable, and friendly manner, and we take pride in that. These are all very compelling reasons to take all of your professional development (PD) classes through NDSU, but I have another reason which is even more important. Let me explain. Continue reading “The One Reason You Should Take All Your PD Through NDSU”
In a previous blog post I wrote about the reasons for opening up your school or district’s professional development to all K-12 teachers nationwide. One of the reasons mentioned stayed with me for a long time. That reason was, “What if a teacher in your school is struggling to find a solution to an issue in their classroom or with their student? And, what if the solution to that issue is held by another teacher, in another district?”
Basically, what I was suggesting was offering your professional development classes as an outlet for teachers from all backgrounds and school systems to share their ideas for unique or difficult situations. As I was thinking about this concept, I realized that there are more opportunities in which teachers can learn from each other. Continue reading to learn about other ways to gather teachers. Continue reading “Gathering Teaching Solutions”
Have you ever thought about how you learn? We’re in academia, so I’m sure at one point or another you’ve spent a little bit of time wondering if you could be studying more efficiently or wondering if you’ll retain information you just learned. Given how crunched we are for time, I know more than once I’ve spent a few precious moments trying to determine the most efficient way to maximize my learning and retention.
This three-part series of posts on making the most of your professional development has been really fun to write. I enjoy letting you in on little secrets that will help you stretch your dollar or time a little further when it comes to your professional development. Actually, that is one of my secret superhero skills. My mom taught me a lot about making the most of every dollar. Along the way, I’ve also become fascinated by how to stretch every last second out of each day. (Because 100 years or less is not enough time to accomplish all the things I want to do.) What I’ve found is these two concepts often go hand-in-hand.
If you haven’t read my other two posts in this series, you really should check out my three tips about understanding your professional development needs and my three tips about using the timing of your professional development to your advantage.
This third post in the series, offers three final tips focusing on less obvious ways of making use of your professional development.
Here are my three tips.
I have so many great tips about making the most of your professional development, but they require a decent length explanation. To keep each post to a reasonable length, I have written it as a three part series. This is the second post in that three part series.
If you haven’t read the first post, the tips I included in it were mainly about knowing yourself and your needs. Read the full post here. The tips included in this second post are mainly about the timing of taking your courses.
Here are three additional ways to squeeze the most out of your professional development. Continue reading “Three More Tips for Squeezing the Most Out of Your Professional Development”
You are a teacher in the k-12 system, and as such, you are no stranger to professional development. We know you have a lot of professional responsibilities that make your personal time limited and valuable. A teacher’s time is often stretched very thin. Between lesson planning, preparing the lesson, teaching the lesson, communicating with parents, grading assignments, professional development coursework, and personal/family responsibilities, there is hardly enough time to take a deep cleansing breath before we fall into bed, only to wake up and do it all again in the morning.
In our office, we value your time. We want to ensure you are using professional development opportunities to achieve maximum benefit. So, continue reading to learn three ways to make the most of your professional development classes. Continue reading “Three Tips for Squeezing the Most Out of Your Professional Development”