1. It passes the test of Monday Morning." At the end of the day, teachers walk away with practical ideas that they can use the next morning. Theory is fine, but it must translate into practice. Teachers want to know what to do and how to do it.
2. It stirs the soul, warms the spirit, inspires and awakens. Good teaching is a soulful business but the difficult challenges sometimes conspire to exhaust and frustrate, even deaden the best. Great professional development can refill teachers' tanks and recharge their batteries, calling upon their deepest and best motives.
3. It adheres to the principles of adult learning. We know that a great day should offer many choices of content and method so the learners can match their needs to the opportunities. Choices should be formed through a combination of survey data from staff along with district assessment data about program needs.
4. The presenters model great pedagogy - teaching strategies and tactics that effectively promote learning. They should "walk the talk."
5. The value of the day is carefully assessed. Teachers are asked to reflect upon their learning and the events of the day, doing so through a combination of group dialogue and surveys. Such assessment is then used to shape future offerings.
6. Students are often invited to the table.
7. Students notice shifts in teacher behaviors that promote engagement and deep learning.
8. Teachers go home and report to their families that they enjoyed a truly great day.
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