Different Approaches to Providing Professional Development


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Spending precious time and money on an outside workshop can sometimes feel like
an activity we can’t afford. At the same time, we realize the value of human capital, not only the impact on the work we do, but also the strategic impact of our ability to retain and develop that
talent. We will share examples and facilitate group sharing during the workshop on how to
provide high-quality and tailored professional development for employees that maximize
organizational resources. From using in-house trainings as a growth opportunity for high
potentials, to thinking creatively about how to pull in outside opportunities like site visits to
similar organizations, or contracting with specialized trainers, we will discuss the strengths and
challenges of the various options.

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    • Jessica Banks, National Training Specialist, Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL)
    • Yully Cha, Executive Vice President of Programs, The Steppingstone Foundation
    • Gordon Gottlieb, HR Consultant, Technical Development Corporation (TDC)
    • M. Scott Knox, Chief Operating Officer, Brooke Charter Schools
    • Eddie Mensah, Director of the Scholars Program, Steppingstone Scholars, Inc.
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  • Gordon: include asking audience what they think PD is and what are challenges
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  • YC introduce. Gordon offer Q&A at end if there really is 15-20 min between the panel presentations and the small group – can also be done after the workshop informally
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  • Different Approaches to Providing Professional Development

    1. 1. Different Approaches to ProvidingProfessional Development NPEA Conference April 19, 2012
    2. 2. Agenda Introductions The Challenges Different Models Your Own Successes “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin
    3. 3. Introductions Yully Cha Executive VP of Programs, The Steppingstone Foundation, Boston, MA Gordon Gottlieb HR Consultant, TDC, Boston, MA Scott Knox COO, Edward Brooke Charter School, Roslindale, MA Jessica Banks National Training Specialist, BELL, Dorchester, MA Eddie Mensah Program Director, Steppingstone Scholars Inc, Philadelphia, PA
    4. 4. Defining Our Terms Professional Development (PD) Skills and/or knowledge needed for personal growth and career enhancement Figuring out 1) what you want to be when you grow up, and 2) how to get there
    5. 5. Examples of PD Continuing education Observation Paired/small group learning Professional associations Research Skill-building Training
    6. 6. The Challenges of PD Defining PD broadly Limits on human, financial resources Linking PD to organizational goals, individual workplans PD for new staff, veteran staff Operationalizing, evaluating PD
    7. 7. Different Models of PD: Panel1. Consultancy Protocol: Scott2. Customized in-house trainings: Yully3. Blended learning with online features: Jess4. Matching with an external partner: Eddie
    8. 8. Consultancy Protocol
    9. 9. Blended Learning Model
    10. 10. Collaborating with corporate world
    11. 11. Your Own PD Successes Break out into groups Discuss one example of successful PD Discuss how you measured success Identify aspects to be replicated elsewhere Identify 2-3 best practices to share with others 10 minutes
    12. 12. THANK YOU!“Stay hungry, stay foolish.” Steve Jobs