Professional development generally refers to ongoing learning opportunities available to teachers, and other education personnel, through their schools and districts. Effective professional development is seen as increasingly vital to school success and teacher satisfaction. With schools today facing an array of complex challenges—from working with an increasingly diverse population of students, to integrating new technology in the classroom, to meeting rigorous academic standards and goals—observers have stressed the need for teachers to be able to enhance and build on their instructional knowledge (National Commission on Teaching & America's Future, 1996). Education Week
Professional Development activities are provided for:
§ Secondary teachers,
§ Career technicians and career guidance counselors who are involved in integrated career and technical education programs.
In addition, Professional Development activities include the following: