Over the past 16 months I have been writing a book with several other brilliant educators titled Personalized PD: Flipping Your Professional Development. I am excited to announce that it's now available to purchase on Amazon. Jason Bretzmann, founder of the Bretzmann Group, reached out to us way back in early 2014 with a wonderful concept that would support educators as they looked to improve their craft. In this book you will find many examples of innovative methods that educators from all walks of life utilize to stay on top of best practices. So who exactly wrote the chapters in this book? Brad Gustafson, and Jason Bretzmann. A host of other awesome educators contributed vignettes and motivational insight to compliment the tremendous content.
So what does Personalized PD look like? Simply put, it allows educators to learn what they want, how they want, and when they want. Take blogging for example. It's a great way for educators to share or find ideas. Pernille Ripp writes an unbelievable blog that contains tremendous resources and concepts. Eric Sheninger's A Principal's Reflections is something I enjoy reading on a weekly basis. Technology has made it easier to stay current with innovations in the field of education. In a perfect world schools are realizing this and providing support so that staff members can learn especially during the school day. I could go on and on about the many ways educators flip their professional development. But that's what the book is for, so go on ahead and order a copy!
This upcoming school year make it a personal goal for not only you, but others, to find time to grow professionally. Support one another and take risks knowing that students will be positively impacted in the long run. Whether you are a teacher, principal, or superintendent, Personalized PD will fit your professional growth needs.