Why professional learning
is essential in education today

It’s not uncommon to hear people talk about professional learning for teachers as a “nice to have.” It’s often thought of as a bonus for teachers that’s only tangentially related to the work they do in the classroom. But as any veteran educator will tell you, professional learning isn’t just important to teaching: it’s essential.

There are few educator prep programs that can fully prepare new teachers for the realities of today’s classroom, and professional learning is critical for helping them respond to and prepare for the wide variety of challenges they’ll face in their jobs. Like with so many other skills, mastering teaching requires practice, support from peers, and continual learning.

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