Planning and Conducting

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Planning and Conducting Professional Development That
Makes a Difference A Guide for School Leaders

A Step-by-Step Approach to Professional Development

  1. Identify needs
  2. Develop a plan.
  3. Make room in the school calendar for site-specific professional development
  4. Start early to plan a professional development event.

The goal of workshop is to prepare school teams to plan and implement interdisciplinary projects.

This goal gives important information about the workshop. First, it says participants will be organized into teams. Second, it says the workshop will focus on preparing teachers to plan and implement interdisciplinary projects. Participants will expect to see examples of projects and learn how to plan projects of their own.

Objectives should address the measurable knowledge and skills that participants will gain during the workshop. For example, a set of objectives for the goal (stated above) might read as follows: At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: l plan an interdisciplinary project; l list ways to conduct a successful project; and l work as a team to implement the project. The workshop leader will be expected to help teachers meet these objectives. He or she will discuss the criteria for effective interdisciplinary instruction, provide guidelines for planning and implementing a project, and help the participants work in teams. Projects will need to meet each team member’s instructional objectives.

The date, time and location of a staff development activity are other factors that must be decided far in advance. If the event is to be held off-site, school leaders will want to begin early to reserve a facility large enough for the faculty. Such a facility may be unavailable at the last moment.

  1. Find the best workshop leader
  2. Prepare teachers for the staff development event
  3. Prepare the workshop leader.
  4. Take care of ‘creature comforts
  5. Use strategies to improve the effectiveness of the event

Kinds of Training

There are 2 kinds of training:

Internal training that is provided by the expertise at our schools to focus on the quality management
and provide guidelines to employees and teachers of different school levels.

External training that is provided by accredited external expertise who are usually contacted by administration.

Training Programs Assigned by General Department of Education in Jeddah

Internal training:

Carried out by the experts appointed by the General Department of Education

External Training: 

Held outside our schools. Teachers and staff are coached by experts appointed by the General Department of Education.