Why Professional Development is Important
Professional development is important in any field for many reasons. Particularly because change is inevitable and PD makes space for these changes and can adjust to them. While we’ve seen technology influence work most drastically, we’ve also seen education fluctuate. Staying on top of educational trends allows educators to make big impacts, influencing the next generation of professionals.
At ConnectEd, we dedicate ourselves to the development of our teachers and staff. It’s important that we remain relevant in the field of both technology and education. We believe that these fields have the most potential to change entire societies.
In our new “post” covid world, there are new challenges educators face. At ConnectEd, we are striving to create an environment of strong student engagement. Part of ConnectEd’s goal is to bring quality education to all students across the country. Part of that quality looks like students engaging meaningfully with various concepts. This can be difficult for students feeling the pressure of board exams. As a result, our team of teachers alter their approach to deliver lessons that drive engagement.
PD at ConnectEd
In our team’s last PD, before the term started, they covered the topic of student engagement. Engagement refers to “the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that students show when they are learning or being taught” (edglossary.org). Many of our competitors use asynchronous learning methods which means they are unable to physically see students engaged. However, our services are all synchronous which allows teachers to gauge and measure engagement while teaching.
As our teachers participate in regular professional development, they remain cutting edge. While the service we deliver is online tuitions, we make time for professional development. According to CPD UK, “actively pursuing professional development ensures that knowledge and skills stay relevant and up-to-date.”