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You have an important message to deliver to the teachers and you asked the principal for some time during the next staff meeting. You need teachers’ input on what professional development would be best to offer during the fall. The principal can only give you 5 minutes. How are you going to deliver the message and get your point across in such a short time?

  • Prioritize: Select and prioritize your key points. Explain why professional development works best if it is what the teachers want.
  • Framework: Provide a framework on several different designs that can be offered. Rationale: Give some evidence or rationale why one design might work better than another. Point to research that may support your view.
  • Examples: Show an example or share a story where this design has worked. If you have websites, show them. Print out quotes, stories or illustrations and distribute. Offer books, research articles, or websites to provide additional insight into specific workshop designs.
  • Next Steps: Give them the next step since time is short. Ask your teachers to fill out a short survey or list what they find the most effective before a certain date. Plan on sharing the results either on the school website or in a memo put in their boxes.

Submitted by:Barbara Bray

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