40. Professional Practice and Growth
Abstract: Professionals in all fields are expected, and often required, to be involved in some form of ongoing development to ensure that they remain abreast of current research and new ideas. For high school teachers, most state re-certification programs require evidence of professional growth every few years. Professional development helps teachers to deepen their content knowledge, enhance their curriculum and instruction based on physics education research (PER), learn and improve general teaching strategies, re-invigorate veteran teachers, build up collaborative networks, and help teachers to become life-long learners and reflective practitioners. New and experienced teachers alike should take advantage of professional opportunities outside of the classroom, and consider offering their own leadership to help the growth of fellow teachers.