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Professional Development in the Secondary Division:
Interactions and Connections

6 July 2015

“Professional Development Schools” are vehicles for educational change and new models for teachers’ learning. Darling-Hammond (2000) described Professional Development Schools (PDS) as spaces where prospective teachers’ learning becomes 1) experimental, 2) grounded in teachers’ questions, 3) collaborative, 4) connected to and derived from teachers' work with their students, and 5) sustained, and connected to other aspects of school change.

Being a “professional development school”, HHHS is committed to equipping teachers with skills, attitudes and approaches of various teaching techniques and rich classroom strategies. As part of the professional development program in the Secondary Division, the Secondary teachers experienced a series of reciprocal workshops across subject departments. Within team based contexts and for three consecutive days, teachers engaged in reciprocal learning through sharing videos, resources and educational approaches. Teachers were involved in conversations and constructive debates among each other, exchanged information and expertise and were exposed to thorough readings and research.

Nurturing such collaborative cultures and communities of practice fosters collective learning, inquiry skills and problem based dialogues paving the way toward enhanced professionalism. Under our school vision, professional learning represents the key component toward improving our teachers’ practices and consequently impacting our “student” as “the core element of the educational process”.

Nadia Al Saheb
Academic Director of Secondary Division