Through the years most educators I have had the privilege work with view the PDP as negative or bad if placed on one. Being placed on a PDP was simply the Principals way of letting the teacher know the writing on the way. Or this will be the last year at this school so don’t get comfortable. Also meaning it might be time to find another job or make the decision whether teaching is the right profession or move on to something else. Or being placed on a PDP was very bad!
Whether you have ever been in this situation before or not, you might know others who have been placed on a PDP. I’ve been in this business long enough to know PDP’s have been maliciously used against teachers for purposes other than what they are designed to do.
As for me, I firmly believe all educators should be placed on a professional development plan for continuous improvement purposes. Our business is always or constantly changing so training should always be a priority. Training through local RESA’s, obtaining an advanced degree, or simply using social media creating a professional learning network to learn from peers. At a minimum, we all have room to improve and should take the initiative or take the lead learning to improve our knowledge and skills to better educate the students assigned to us.
When I work with teachers regarding PDP’s, it’s about getting better to provide the students a quality education, It’s all of us working together to help the person on a PDP improve learning the content, skills or classroom management skills to be effective in the classroom. If a teacher works hard showing improvement, I will always keep supporting and helping that teacher develop. Those that show no initiative to improve will be shown the door! The future of our kids is too important to waste on someone not wanting to improve. Thank goodness I currently work with a building full of professionals constantly working to improve their craft in order to help students achieve at higher levels.