[The following is an excerpt from TrustED®: The Bridge to School Improvement]
Effective and successful business owners and corporate leaders know the importance of wisely monitoring their ROI (that’s their Return On Investment), especially regarding the financial resources invested in ongoing training and professional development (PD). They know the value and importance of continual PD – but only if that PD produces a measurable and positive ROI. Otherwise, it is just busy work and a waste of company resources.
The same holds in the educational world. Nearly every school leader recognizes the value and importance of ongoing PD for their faculty and staff – but effective and successful school leaders know that much of what passes for PD today has minimal measurable, immediate results, let alone a lasting impact on their efforts toward continual school improvement.
Fortune 500 companies invest tens of thousands of dollars annually in their leaders’ ongoing development of trust. Many school leaders forgo ongoing professional development for themselves, let-alone data-informed leadership PD (which I’ll address in a moment), despite the research findings that the number one indicator of a successful school is trusted leadership. These school leaders may recognize the value and importance of ongoing PD for themselves. However, they choose to invest limited PD resources in teacher development. The valuing of teacher development over leader development may seem logical but is actually in direct contrast to what research has shown regarding the ROI of professional development.
What does the research say?
Professional development and ongoing leadership training that focuses on increasing the TRUST level in leaders produce the greatest ROI, more so than investing in any other form of PD. Take a look… [continue reading]: