Continually investing in professional learning for Canada’s teachers is absolutely critical to student success
Why do teachers’ organizations believe professional development is so important? In short, because effective student learning is dependent on effective teacher learning.
The Canadian Teachers’ Federation defines professional development (PD) as the continuous growth of personal and professional knowledge and expertise, the primary purpose of which is to enhance teaching in support of student learning and development. In teaching, as with any profession, the knowledge base about effective practice is constantly evolving. The continual renewal of knowledge and expertise, through a broad variety of activities and experiences, is thus a central concept of teacher professionalism.
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Bernie Froese-Germain has been a Researcher with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation in Ottawa for the past 20 years.