More than a decade ago, NJEA adopted a new vision of professional development that goes well beyond the traditional seminar and workshop model. Contemporary professional learning must encompass a range of teacher-led, job-embedded, highly collaborative approaches.
NJEA’s professional development proposal builds on the innovative work already taking place in school districts across the state. It would use data obtained from our improved evaluation system to guide ongoing, collaborative learning in each building and district. Professional development would be carefully focused on improving student performance, which must always remain the collective responsibility of the entire school community.
Our professional development proposal builds time into the school day for educators to collaborate and learn together, so that the focus remains on the needs of students. In addition, teachers must be given the resources needed to achieve their specific objectives, as well as the goals of the school and the district.