- Treat educators as the professionals they are
- Aim to end the practice of teaching being viewed a solitary endeavor; like other professionals teachers improve when they are engaged in collaborative learning, identifying best practices and critiquing one another.
- Acknowledge that context matters. A practice that works in one classroom most likely will need to be adapted or significantly altered to be effective in another.
- Strive to develop the dispositions in teachers that we also want to cultivate in children: curiosity, flexibility in thinking, open-mindedness, empathy, and an ability to reason with evidence.
- Make learning relevant and meaningful. We know it is vital for children; it is just as important for teachers.”
From a piece by Howard Gardner, Clayton Lewis & Jim Reese of Harvard’s Project Zero about what makes Professional Development effective.