Designing Immersive Professional Development

As we progress, there is a continued push in education to “meet students where they are.” Teachers are aiming at creating a student-centered learning experience that immerses students by creating an environment in which the experiences are real, personal, and engaging. And hopefully, by submerging students head under stimuli, we can better hone their skills and make learning an experience they never want to leave, coming up for air only when necessary rather than drowning in content.

This is great, and the push to “meet students where they are” makes for another possible blog post to come. But what about the teachers and staff? Oftentimes they are the ones left drowning in a Professional Development format that we would shake our head at if it were the students in our classrooms. So how do we change this? How do we “meet teachers where they are” and build immersive PD?

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