Guide to promoting professional development
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Guide to promoting professional development

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    Professional development (PD) is a term used to describe a variety of learning or training opportunities that can help people improve their professional knowledge, competence, skill, and effectiveness. PD is designed to provide an active learning environment that allows participants to master specific learning objectives. It can include trainings, workshops, online or distance learning courses, information sessions, and technical assistance.

    If your agency or organization coordinates or conducts PD services for clients working in education, your goal is to help them increase their skill level as a way to improve outcomes. For example, in a school setting, you might offer workshops to teachers to help them learn more effective teaching strategies or build their skill in a specific subject or to provide guidance on how to add physical activity breaks to their classrooms.

    The result would be more successful students. At the state level, you might offer technical assistance for creating supportive learning environments to school superintendents, with the goal of raising student test scores.

    Suggested citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guide to Promoting Professional Development. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2017.



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