Professional development is the set of tools, resources, and training sessions for educators to improve their teaching quality and effectiveness. These resources allow instructors to further their knowledge in their subject area and allows for mentorship and the opportunity to learn new teaching techniques. Those who take part in workshops or leadership sessions develop and enhance specialized skills including technical, quantitative and analytical skills.
Professional development refers to instructors developing and improving their skills to better meet the needs of their students. Approaches to professional development include reviewing case studies, consultation and coaching, mentoring and technical assistance. Here, collaboration and evaluation take place to enable educators to enhance students’ outcomes.