Professional development is a process of continuous growth, through involvement in programs, services, and activities designed to enable teachers, both individually and collectively, to learn and grow professionally in order to enhance teaching and learning. (BCTF definition of Pro-D)
Professional Development assists teachers in
- Building and strengthening themselves as a body of professional teachers.
- Developing, revising, and implementing educational theories that can be applied to the practice of teaching.
- Reviewing, improving, and implementing curriculum and instructional development with the aim of improving the quality of teaching.
- Establishing better relationships with students and parents. (BCTF Policy Sec. 30.A.01)
History of Professional Development Days
In 1972, Professional Development days (non-instructional days) were added to the school calendar at the request of the teaching profession after years of advocacy from the BCTF. The inclusion increased the number of days of work for teachers with no loss of instructional days for students. Pro-D days in the school calendar recognized that teachers needed time during the school year to hone their skills, improve practice, and stay current with changes related to teaching and learning. (BCTF Training Resources handbook 2007-08 p. 63.)
Teachers have professional autonomy over their own professional development, both collectively and individual; however, teachers are accountable for using their Pro-D time responsibly. …more
Funding for Professional Development
There are three funds available for professional development in schools …more
Provides the opportunity for a teacher to determine his/her own learning goal(s), identify activities and resources required to pursue these activities, commit the time to pursue these activities, and reflect on what is learned, in order to enhance his/her own professional expertise.