Continuing Professional Development
Educators are always focused on learning, for their students and themselves. From courseware to conferences, learn how educators are expanding their knowledge on the subjects they teach through continuing professional development.
Top 6 Ways Educators Stay Up to Date
1. Attend conferences
Conferences are a great way to brush up on your industry knowledge and network with other educators. Look for conferences that focus on the trends and developments within your subject area. Some conferences are put on by universities, and others are organized by industry experts. There are hundreds of conferences held every year! Do a quick Google search to find the best one for you.
Don’t have the funds to attend a conference? Apply today for the Stukent Conference Grant
2. Utilize social media
Social media is more than just cat memes; it’s the place for current trends and a wealth of knowledge. Look for industry influencers to follow online to learn more about all the best tips and tricks. Also, podcast episodes — which can easily be downloaded and then listened to on your morning commute — are social media sources worth checking out.
3. Join national organizations
National organizations are great for supporting educators’ continuing professional development. Although most associations require a membership fee, the cost is a worthwhile investment if you utilize everything that’s included. The networking opportunities connect you to other professors who share the same struggles and have the same questions. These organizations also provide resources that you can implement in your classes. Larger organizations will also host conferences at which you can dive even deeper into your subject matter.
4. Complete online courses
Online courses are a great option because they work with your schedule. You can find many courses that also offer accreditation and continuing education credit (CEC). Providers like Learners Edge and Coursera offer training on a wide variety of subjects. These courses could even function as supplemental courseware for your students.
5. Conduct research
Instructor-led research allows you to answer the questions that are specific to your class content. Research also provides educators the chance to explore their interests and gather useful data that can improve the way classes are conducted. Also, collaborative research between instructors enhances teaching clout and student learning. Sharing research with publications and national organizations can open you up to speaking opportunities and new insight from other professionals.
Don’t have the funds to conduct research? Apply today for the Stukent Research Grant
6. Subscribe to publications
Publication subscriptions can range from monthly magazines to weekly newsletters. Find the publications that fit your interests and subscribe to stay in the loop. Most of these offerings are free and are chock full of valuable information and resources.