“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”—Benjamin Franklin
The Professional Development Plan for Boaz City Schools describes a vision for adult learning that is collaborative, continuous, embedded in daily practice and focused on student achievement. This model builds on and strengthens the successes already evident in the district. We strive to strengthen this culture that supports adult learning by providing a framework that affords every educator an opportunity to enrich his/her practice. The ultimate goal of professional development in Boaz City Schools is simple--improved student learning.
Linda Darling-Hammond and Milbrey W. McLaughlin define professional development as “deepening teachers’ understanding about the teaching/ learning process and the students they teach,” which “must begin with pre-service education and continue throughout a teacher’s career.” They state that “effective professional development involves teachers both as learners and teachers, and allows them to struggle with the uncertainties that accompany each role” (1996, p. 203).