I took part in a design thinking session today. During the ideation phase of the this particular protocol, the facilitator first had us produce a flurry of suggested solutions to our problem. He then told us to each dream up an impossible solution, one that could require a million dollars or even magic in order to be achievable.
As anyone on-the-ground can tell you, great changes are happening in educator professional development. From the influence of social media and e-learning to the power of educator-driven communities of practice, PD itself is becoming increasingly personalized. Districts large and small have the opportunity to effect progress in education by offering ongoing and embedded support of teaching and learning within schools and classrooms. If we are to expect a customized experience for students, we must first effectively model that experience for the teachers who serve them.