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Self-Directed Professional Development

Oct 05, 2017 jjamison

Teachers have choice and voice in their professional development. They also have a duty to the profession. If you choose not to attend the COTA October 20th Professional Development Day, you will need to fill out a self-directed pd form available on You must login to access this form. This form must be completed by October 10th.

For self-directed pd, COTA encourages teachers to collaborate with their colleagues or attend PSA conferences.

Below is COTA's Policy on Professional Development


1.0 Definition of Professional Development

Professional development includes a variety of programs, services, and activities empowering teachers to continually grow, both individually and collaboratively, while having an ongoing positive impact on teaching and learning.

2.0 Purposes of Professional Development

The purpose of professional development is to assist teachers in improving the quality of our practices by

  • nurturing the development of professionals;
  • enriching and maintaining professional relationships with students and parents;
  • initiating curriculum and instructional reforms improving teaching and learning;
  • discussing, assessing and applying educational theories; thoughtfully engaging in professional and collegial conversations.


3.0 Professional Development Principles


a. Each teacher is responsible to the profession

b. Our professional autonomy is essential and dependent on members responsibly using their Pro-D Days through ongoing, active learning.

c. Pro-D is driven by individual and/or collaborative reflection and assessment of needs.

d. Flexible and differentiated professional development opportunities are essential to meet the various learning needs of every teacher.

e. Pro-D encourages collegiality, informs teaching practice and enhances student learning.

f. Effective professional development requires commitment, resources, time and support to meet teachers’ needs.


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