Teacher Professional Development Terms Explained by an Expert

 

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Teacher Professional Development
Terms
Explained by an Expert

 
 

 

Teacher professional development requirements are such a hot topic because teachers' careers, salaries and jobs depend on properly completing complex requirements for educator continuing ed.

teacher professional developmentTeachers may be the most over regulated professionals anywhere. I'm teacher professional development speaker Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. My decades of training teachers has made me a bit of an expert on the questions teachers have about meeting continuing ed requirements. I'm going to tackle some of the most common questions here, including the confusion about online classes and webinars.

I always wonder if even surgeons or pilots are subjected to as much scrutiny, debate, discussion, testing, continuing ed requirements and rigorous evaluations as educators. Many teachers have high pressure, more-than-full time jobs, then on their own time, they have to juggle demanding college courses and high-stress tests just to stay employed.

Whether the rigorous requirements for teachers are a good thing or not, so much rides on teachers complying with applicable school, district or state professional development requirements. It is really amazing that given the importance of teacher professional development, so little standardization exists throughout the U.S. That lack of standardization contributes to the confusion about teacher professional development requirements, terminology and options.

Here's some answers to the questions that we hear the most at Youth Change Professional Development Workshops:

Teacher Professional Development Explained

 

teacher professional development ideas and tipsHow do I find out the exact rules I have to follow for the teacher professional development requirements I face?

Your state board of education is a good place to start, as is your teacher standards and practices board. Your union or supervisor may also be able to help. The professional development requirements will vary from state to state, district to district and even school by school. Plus, check for requirements that relate to the academic subject or grade you teach.
 

educator professional development tipCan you explain the difference between CEUs, clock hours, PDUs and college credit?

The abbreviations used to describe Continuing Education Units vary endlessly. CEUs and clock hours can be used interchangeably in most (but not all) places. PDUs means Professional Development Units. Oregon is one state that uses that acronym that means CEUs. Regardless of the abbreviation, CEUs generally mean 1 hour of "seat time," but again, you will find exceptions.

College credit is different from CEUs in many ways. Here are two significant ways that credit and hours differ. First, homework and/or testing are usually required for college graduate credit but not for clock hours. You will find exceptions to that rule of thumb. Clock hours earned online are more likely to require a quick quiz or test, but hours earned in person usually require only that the teacher is present for the instruction.

Second, college credit is usually more valuable and useful for more purposes than hours; but it also tends to cost a lot more. Youth Change's teacher training courses are an exception to that price difference, with both online and in-person professional development classes costing just $45-$55 tuition. Youth Change's clock hours are usually free.

In many or most venues, courses that offer college credit will satisfy the requirement for CEUs, but there will be exceptions.

 

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Can online professional development classes satisfy teacher continuing education requirements?

If the guidelines allow Distance Learning, Webinars, Online Workshops, Home Study or Self-Guided Classes then you can use virtual classes to satisfy your professional development requirements. There can be limits to how much virtual training you are permitted so the answer may not be as simple as "yes" or "no."

 

teacher professional development ideas and tipsIf I didn't realize that I have to have CEUs or a graduate credit really fast– I mean ASAP– to keep my teaching license, are there many options that exist to help me?

I don't know how many options there are, but yes, organizations like Youth Change Workshops can help right away. Here at Youth Change, we routinely help students who are facing rapidly approaching, critical deadlines for completing a college credit or earning clock hours. We work with student-centered universities that are sensitive to the kind of continuing ed dilemmas teachers can face, and they will be responsive to assisting you to find a fast way to get the documentation you need.

For example, most teachers can quickly use our online course, Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop to satisfy their requirements for either college grad credit or clock hours. In many cases, we have been able to assist teachers to complete their requirements in less than a week. We also help our online teacher professional developmentstudents quickly obtain an official university transcript for graduate credit, or official clock hour completion certificate for continuing education units. Clock hour certificates can be provided immediately upon satisfactory course completion. Learn more about how the  Online Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop can assist you with the grad credit and clock hours that are required for teachers and other disciplines.

 

teacher professional development ideas and tipsI only need 2 or 3 clock hours. Do I have to take a whole long class that is typically 10 hours long?

Generally, you can earn 2 or 3 clock hours by taking shorter courses. For example, Youth Change Workshops offers 1 and 3 hour classes that are easy on your budget and your time. However, there will be significant exceptions. For example, in Washington State, teachers need to earn clock hours sanctioned by OSPI, the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Those clocks hours must be funneled through a university or similar entity and most Washington State universities and colleges don't routinely offer an option for earning less than 10 clock hours.

 

teacher professional development ideas and tipsHow do I know if a course will satisfy the specific teacher professional development requirements I have to meet?

Once you know the exact P.D. requirements you face, call us at 1.503.982.4220. You can also email your question to us as well.  If the experts here at Youth Change Workshops don't know the answer to your professional development question, we'll find an expert for you that does. We're here to help teachers, and we're ready to help you.

 

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Pop Quiz: Are You Using Yesterday’s Teacher Training with Today’s Students?

 

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Pop Quiz: Are You Using Yesterday's Teacher Training with Today's Students?

 
 

 

The Obama administration has already begun questioning whether contemporary teacher professional development training sufficiently prepares teachers to best educate contemporary students. As one of the nation's premier providers of innovative teacher professional development, we share that concern.

At our workshops, teachers often express dismay that their training did not adequately prepare them to win the race for the top. We also hear a lot of comments that educator training prepares teachers for a world where guns meant water pistols and gangs meant West Side Story. Many of our course participants say that conventional teacher training is stuck in the past, with an all-consuming focus on content, testing and theory.

Since practical training takes a back seat to the theoretical, many teachers are left feeling unprepared to manage today's students who present significantly greater behavioral, emotional, familial and social problems than youngsters in the past. If teachers can't manage these huge contemporary roadblocks to learning, then training on content, testing and theory is somewhat wasted. A teacher fighting a losing battle to stay in charge of an out-of-control classroom isn't able to effectively teach content– never mind test students on what they've learned.

Practical answers geared to work with today's students can help. If you have attended our professional development course or closely followed this internet magazine, you may find that you do have the answers you need to win our 21st century race for the top. Here's a quiz to test your teacher training, and your readiness for the 21st century classroom.

 

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Pop Quiz
 

Questions:

1. Who is the hardest-to-manage, most potentially violent kid, and how must you work with him differently than everybody else?

 

  • Bonus Question: If you work with this hard-to-manage child using the same approaches you use with everyone else, what is likely to happen?

 

2. There may be just 3 major ways that kids can respond to adult directions. Name the 3 ways.

 

  • Bonus Question: What is the only effective way to get children to comply with adult directions?
     

3. Name the student most likely to drop out.
 

Bonus Question: What other problems will this child quite likely face?

 

4. Who are the kids at highest risk of extreme violence?

 

  • Bonus Question: Why do you work differently with each of these kids?

 

5. Other than violence prevention, name the single most important school readiness skill to teach to students. (Hint: Most schools don't have a formal plan to teach it, but they all require it)

 

  • Bonus Question: When is the time to teach this skill?

 


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Answers:
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1. CONDUCT DISORDERS
"Conduct disorder" is a mental health term that essentially means that the child is sociopathic. A whopping 11-14% of today's students may be conduct disordered vs 2-3% years ago.That means you have at least one or two of these unmanageable youngsters in your classroom. Conduct disorders can be the 1% of students who take 99% of your time. While you can continue to successfully use relationship-based approaches with any other child, these methods inevitably fail with conduct disorders who, by definition, can't relate normally to others. Use yesterday's methods with conduct disorders and you will quickly discover "nothing works."

 

  • Bonus Question: If you use conventional relationship-based approaches with conduct disorders, it conveys to them that you do not understand them. It may be close to painting a target on your chest. Actions that are normally appropriate under some circumstances, such as giving one more chance, can be dangerous– even disastrous– with conduct disorders. If you do not know this child backwards and forwards, you may lack key tools to ensure your safety and the safety of other children.

 

2. The child can become OPPOSITIONAL. The child can CAPITULATE if coerced to do so. The child can comply; that's ACCEPTANCE.

 

  • Bonus Question: Acceptance is really the only way to gain compliance. Power-struggling with oppositional kids means everyone loses– especially you– as no adult ever wins a power struggle with a kid. If you must hassle and harass a kid into capitulating, that is not a positive way of interacting that will work in the "real" world. Plus, imagine the harm you might do hassling a troubled child by coercing compliance from them. Acceptance is the standard that works everywhere and won't damage even a very vulnerable child while gaining their compliance.

 

3. TEEN MOMS
The dropout rate for teen moms is the worst for any group of students.
 

  • Bonus Question: Teen moms also have the highest risk of poverty of anyone, and have a high need for welfare services. Shouldn't every contemporary teacher know who is the one child at highest risk of dropping out, and be aware of the potential additional litany of woes?

 

4. CONDUCT DISORDERS, THOUGHT DISORDERS, EXTREMELY DEPRESSED KIDS
Note how this answer is far more sophisticated and complex than the simple sound bites you hear in today's media. If a contemporary teacher doesn't know what these three mental health terms mean, that is a big impediment to ensuring safety.

 

  • Bonus Question: Each of these 3 children needs a very different kind of help. For example, the thought-disordered child might be able to benefit tremendously from medication, while there is no medicine for conduct disorders. Here is the bottom line: To best prevent extreme violence with today's students, teachers must understand how to work with different kids very differently.

 

5. ATTENDANCE
If the student isn't in your classroom, you can't work your magic on them. Every school expects attendance, but while many sanction poor attendance, very few schools routinely teach basic attendance skills to students.

 

  • Bonus Question: Start teaching attendance skills on Day 1 of the school year. It's that important.

 

Teacher Training Quiz Scoring:

Score 1 point for each question or bonus question

8-10 Correct Answers
You're READY for the 21st Century Classroom

5-8 Correct Answers
You may be DUE for a teacher training update

0-4 Correct Answers
You may be OVERDUE for a teacher training update

 

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The Worst Mistakes Good Teachers and Youth Professionals Make

 

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The Worst Mistakes
Good Teachers and Youth Professionals Make

 

 

K-12 Keynote Speaker Ruth Herman Wells

Here are the two worst mistakes good youth professionals and teachers make. Since Youth Change is your Problem Student Problem-Solver, of course, we supply solutions you can use right away.

I'm trainer and author Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. with the answers that can help.


 

The Top Youth Professional & Teacher Mistakes


Feeling Discouraged About Overcoming Problems
There is no doubt that these are extremely difficult times to be a teacher, counselor or youth professional. You cope with the most serious student behavior, social and family problems that may have ever existed in our nation's history, and now you must also face one of the most serious budget crunches ever. You have twin battles to fight. We know you have to do more with less.

That is why we have started a free, fast weekly podcast called 5 Minute Classroom Management Fixes. It's a fast five minutes worth of ready-to-use solutions for problems like misbehavior, poor motivation, work refusal, bad attitudes and disruption. Listen to this strategy-filled podcast online here.

For additional help with both your behavior and budget problems, remember that there are thousands of other free solutions throughout our website.
 


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Using Yesterday's Methods with Today's Kids
So many terrific teachers, principals and counselors are still using old-style interventions with new-style kids. Older methods are often ineffective when used to combat some more modern concerns like gangs, serious substance abuse, extreme violence, apathy, and cyber bullying.

Here's a good test to see if you are using an out-of-date method for a youth problem. If the method was invented decades before the problem was, there is likely to be a mismatch. For example, combatting cyber-bullying with character ed may produce inferior results. Switching to more updated, lively, compelling contemporary approaches can enhance your results combatting contemporary problems.

To use apathy as an example, relying on an old-style approach like mere words to combat apathy is often insufficient. Using methods from the 1950s to combat 21st century problems is the equivalent of using a record player instead of an iPod. You can certainly hear current songs on a record player but is the best, most reliable way? Just as record players and iPods exist in different universes, atomic age student intervention methods may not be the best fit for our new millennium.

teacher poster 21Here's an example of an eye-catching, cutting-edge method to combat apathy. Contrast this method to mere words, and the difference in potential impact is obvious. This intervention is such a perfect match for these scary economic times. It is also our Poster #43, but you can just do the intervention activity pictured on the poster without buying anything. This intervention can also work as a handout.

 

 

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