This article is reprinted from LinkedIn with Dr. Manno's permission. It is my belief that every educator will benefit from his wisdom. Enjoy!
Dr. Christopher Manno, Superintendent of Schools, Burlington County, New Jersey
Following A Culture of Lifelong Learning: Ten Professional Development Strategies for School Leaders Aug 22, 2015
Achieving effective professional learning experiences may often be in conflict with the inordinate amount of teacher training time to support mandates not directly related to teaching, learning, curriculum, instruction, and/or assessment, e.g. bullying prevention, sexual harassment, Affirmative Action policies, Right to Know policies, staff conduct, business or financial practices, and personnel procedures. These are all very important to effectively, responsibility, and safely administering schools; however, they are secondary to schooling’s core mission of teaching and learning.
There are creative ways to overcome this perennial tug-of-war over our most precious resource - time. Here are ten ways to design professional learning experiences given time constraints:
Dr. Manno has been a Superintendent of Schools for ten years, a school leader for eighteen years, and was the 2013 NJ Superintendent of the Year. He is a graduate and doctoral instructor of educational leadership for Delaware Valley University, Gwynedd Mercy University, The College of New Jersey, and Rutgers University.