BCTF Professional Development Days
At various times during the year, school is in session for teachers but not for students. These days are devoted to teacher professional development, or Pro-D.
The scheduling of Pro-D days does not mean a loss of instructional time for students, as these days were added to the school calendar. The inclusion of Pro-D days in the school calendar increased the number of days of work for teachers with no loss of instructional days for students.
Education in BC and around the world is continually changing, so it is important for teachers to keep on top of new research and education policies that affect their work with students. Although classes are not in session on professional development days, teachers use this time to work with colleagues to further their skills and engage in a broad range of professional development activities, such as attending a provincial conference, a locally-based workshop, or a school-based discussion group. Teachers value the opportunity to work with their peers and to enhance their practice in ways that will, in turn, benefit the students in their classes.
- 40th anniversary of non-instructional days in the school calendar (Teacher newsmagazine, May/June 2012)
- Everything you always wanted to know about PD days (Teacher newsmagazine, Mar 2000)
- Professional development days: Historical perspective (1972-1996)