Okay, be honest. Have any of your professional development decisions been made at the last possible minute, or in some cases, the last possible second? How many times have you primarily based your PD decisions on available funds? Have you ever brought in a professional developer based on his or her name and reputation even if the presentation topic did not target the learning needs of your faculty and staff? If any of these planning scenarios describe you, raise your hand. Go ahead. No one is looking. I certainly have my hand up.
Bill Hall is former director of educational leadership and professional development for Brevard (Florida) Public Schools and past president of the Florida Association for Staff Development (FASD).
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