Professional Development Overview
Professional development is a process of
continuous growth, through involvement in programs, services,
and activities designed to enable teachers, both individually
and collectively, to learn and grow professionally in order to
enhance teaching and learning. (BCTF Definition of Pro-D)
Development assists teachers in
and strengthening themselves as a body of professional teachers.
revising, and implementing educational theories that can be applied to
the practice of teaching.
improving, and implementing curriculum and instructional development
with the aim of improving the quality of teaching.
Establishing better relationships with students and parents.
(BCTF Policy Sec.
of Professional Development Days
Professional Development days (non-instructional days) were added to the
school calendar at the request of the teaching profession after years of
advocacy from the BCTF.
professional autonomy over their own professional development, both
collectively and individual; however, teachers are accountable for using
their Pro-D time responsibly.
Funding for Professional Development
provides the opportunity for a teacher to determine his/her own learning
goal(s), identify activities and resources required to pursue these
activities, commit the time to pursue these activities, and reflect on
what is learned, in order to enhance his/her own professional