Teachers are not the best-paid professionals in the United States, but some of the perks can sure make a difference in our attitudes. I feel like my school district is getting a lot right.
I’m glad to say that our administrators back off and allow us to do our jobs. Our school is also great when it comes to investing in staff. I’m talking about professional development. I feel that my school excels in investing in its teachers because there are no hard limits placed on PD days; we can make a case for an important conference just about any time. That matters a lot to me and my colleagues. I make an effort not to overuse professional development days. That being said, I also do not hesitate to mention opportunities featuring skilled teachers/speakers that I need to attend to improve my own skills.
I’m fortunate to be able to hone my skills and learn from masters. When a school district invests in its teachers, students reap the rewards.