Differentiated Professional Development in a Professional Learning Community was the most highly anticipated book on my summer reading list. As a curriculum director for a district embracing the professional learning community concept, this book seemed right up my alley.
"Districts must gradually and systematically move from one-shot, one-day, out-of-the-district workshop to job-embedded, teacher-led collaboration in which everyone's learning style can be consciously considered" (4)
"When planning professional development, districts and schools should evaluate their in-house capacity to address their own needs" (31)
"...the best way to motivate adults is to enhance their reasons for participating in professional development and to make learning as relevant and convenient as we can" (38)
"If the universal focus of mission statements is to support lifelong learning, then all educators must be committed to putting that mission into action in their own lives" (100)
"Sending one or two teachers to attend a conference based strictly on teacher interest will not move a PLC forward"
"We recommend that the majority of conference days be devoted to work that furthers the targeted goals of vertical, departmental and grade-level teams...teams facilitated by teacher leaders provide the structure for working on curriculum alignment, analyzing data, and refining common local assessments" (104)