Are you searching for a professional
development opportunity but having trouble picking the one you need from
all the available choices? Why not conduct a needs assessment?
Use this checklist to help decide what kind of professional development is best for you.
Go over the results with an instructional leader on your campus such as a
principal or other administrator. Ask him to help you find the
professional development opportunities that can best help you in the areas
in which you need assistance.
Once you find what you’re looking for, keep track of all the hours you complete and submit them to your supervisor
when school starts. If money and time constraints are a problem, think about individually guided
professional development such as reading a book or researching at your local library. If you take this route, keep a journal of what you learn to turn in to your supervisor.
Fill in each blank below with one of the following responses.
A - I do not need assistance in
B - I
need some assistance in this area
C - I
definitely need assistance in this area
_____ Communicating with teachers and/or my supervisor
_____ Communicating with students and their parents
_____ Dealing with stress
_____ Motivating students
_____ Organizing and managing my work
_____ Managing my time at work and home
_____ Managing students in small-group activities
_____ Using office equipment to enhance my job
_____ Assessing student needs in a specific subject
_____ Understanding district and/or campus policies
_____ Helping students with special needs
_____ Completing administrative work
_____ Using computers and other technology to assist teachers
_____ Dealing with differences among students and staff