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9. Enhanced Professional Development

Funding will expand dramatically so that teachers have the equivalent of 4-10 days annually of (paid) learning opportunities to acquire and develop skills to match the new learning opportunities. Much of this time will be spent in small study groups and invention groups.

While this trend is hard to substantiate in January of 2000, a wave of critical reports on the lack of teacher technology usage will provoke a serious review of past practice and elevate the importance of professional development.

Learning More

Do a search at Electric Library and read at least 2 articles that cast light on this trend or issue.

Possible search questions:

  • Are teachers prepared or ready for technology?
  • Will we see increased funding for teacher professional development?

Visit and read through several of the following:

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the issues pages are those of the author, Jamie McKenzie. They are meant to stimulate thought and inquiry about issues and trends, but they do contain some speculation and projection about the future. The author cannot be held responsible if some predictions and trends do not materialize or continue, especially if readers attempt to reverse some of the more disturbing trends. Listing of articles to read should not be interpreted as endorsement of the contents, products or ideas by the author.

Credits: The photographs were shot by Jamie McKenzie.
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