Value of professional-development days questioned

04/23/2012 | National Post (Canada)

Some educators in Canada are questioning the value of the country's traditional professional-development days and calling on officials to institute reform. Critics of the current system say professional development consisting of occasional meetings or workshops is inconvenient for parents and of questionable value for teachers. To be effective, said professor Bill Whelan -- a member of a provincial commission tasked with making recommendations on education reform -- professional development should be built into teachers' daily and weekly schedules.

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