Thursday, 14 April 2011
In every organization (governments, police departments, businesses, hospitals, courts, etc.), there exists the importance of determining the type of training its employees need because employees must be effective in their field. Therefore special training, determined by that organization, is conducted according to available resources and the experts in that organization to aid in the accomplishment of organizational objectives. This is known as staff development. Yet, when the conversation of staff development for teachers is presented, there seems to be an assumption that teachers do not need to teach teachers; so much so that the North Carolina General Assembly is proposing cutting a number of staff development for teachers.
The belief is that staff development for teachers does not have an impact on student learning. What must be entered into this debate are facts that illustrate the importance of staff development for teachers. First and foremost is that which teachers are expected to know and do has increased in subject-matter knowledge, pedagogical skills, understanding cultural and psychological factors that affect student learning. So in order to meet these demands, teachers must engage in specific training and will need time to share lessons and ideas with other teachers via workshops and seminars.