Here's another study that tells us what every teacher already knows. District-run professional development is at best, a boring, irrelevant waste of time and money. At worst, it's downright indictable, as in the SUPES case.
Dejernet Farder, a first grade teacher at Morton School of Excellence on the West Side of Chicago, is part of Educators for Excellence and said, although her school does a pretty good job with development, many of the districtwide trainings are not helpful.
“I’ve been to many that just kind of feel like a powerpoint slide, it’s just an adult talking at us,” Farder said. “There’s no room for discussion, no room for exploration. And just like kids don’t learn that way, adults don’t learn that way either.” -- WBEZ