Professional development encompasses all activities that teachers undertake to direct their own learning and to enhance their professional practice. Teacher Autonomy in professional development is both a right and a responsibility of the individual teacher.

It is the responsibility of the school division to provide mechanisms and resources to ensure both individual teachers and groups of teachers have equitable access to professional development.

You have a professional responsibility to keep on top of new developments in education and take part in ongoing professional development.

Fab 5

The Fab 5 Beginning Teachers’ Conference, to be held in Winnipeg and Brandon, is designed for teachers in their first five years of teaching. Plenary sessions are balanced with a selection of breakout workshops intended to build knowledge and strategies in the areas of classroom management, student engagement, team work, building parent partnerships and supporting diversity.

FAB 5 offers new teachers an opportunity to network with other beginning teachers and develop skills to support their day-to-day classroom practices. Registration is minimal – only $40.00!  In addition, The Manitoba Teachers’ Society will provide some financial assistance for travel and accommodation for participants who are MTS members.

Fab 5 Beginning Teachers’ Conference

Contact your local association to find out more about how teachers might access funding for PD opportunities in their division.

Professional Community

Teachers are members of a professional organization that encourages collegiality, collaboration and trust. Within each school, these attributes are essential to the development of standards and priorities that guide professional activity and action.

Professional Knowledge

Teachers possess a professional expertise that is marked by the interrelationship between two kinds of knowledge:

  1. Knowledge of a discipline (such as the acquisition of content in a particular discipline, and the set of skills that are associated with learning within that discipline)
  2. Pedagogical knowledge (tacit, implicit knowledge that helps teachers “reach” children, or helps them to know how to respond to a learning need).

 An Educator’s Professional Autonomy

• To exercise professional autonomy is to exercise professional judgment. To be able to reflect and act upon one’s judgement is an important source of strength in the public education system and key in meeting the diverse needs of our students.
• Professional development is most effective when it is chosen by educators to meet their needs and support educators in making professional decisions.
• Good teaching and development of good teaching practices do not happen serendipitously. Purposeful professional development over one’s career guides the acquisition of new skills and knowledge in an endeavour to improve as an educator and leader. It is also important to recognize that to exercise one’s professional autonomy does not necessarily mean that one is to learn in isolation. In fact, when educators engage in professional learning opportunities with their colleagues, there are opportunities to share, mentor and support each other.
• The professional development (PD) of Manitoba educators is regulated by legislation. Collective agreements, school division policies and The Manitoba Teachers’ Society’s Constitution, By-laws and Policies also regulate equitable access to PD opportunities and funding for Manitoba teachers.

50 Ways to Develop Professionally

  1. Read an article on the website
  2. Apply for a Reflective Professional Practice Grant
  3. Read a pamphlet
  4. Attend a workshop
  5. Talk with colleagues
  6. Read an article
  7. Join a Special Area Group of Educators (SAGE)
  8. Watch a video/DVD
  9. Conduct an action research project
  10. Read a book/e-book
  11. Watch a television program
  12. Attend a grade level meeting
  13. Acquire a new software program
  14. Participate in a podcast/webinar
  15. Read a journal
  16. Serve as a co-operating teacher for a university student teacher/teacher candidate
  17. Join a professional organization
  18. Attend a Manitoba Teachers’ Society workshop/conference
  19. Develop a professional newsletter
  20. Observe a teacher in action
  21. Join a study group
  22. Plan a staff/association workshop.
  23. Volunteer to serve on your local association
  24. Develop a curriculum resource
  25. Visit a teacher resource center
  26. Serve as a mentor
  27. Attend a summer institute of your choice
  28. Write a grant application for a new initiative
  29. Serve on a planning committee for a divisional PD day
  30. Write an article for a journal
  31. Partner with other community organizations to develop new programs
  32. Develop a professional growth plan/ portfolio
  33. Volunteer to sit on a committee with The Manitoba Teachers’ Society
  34. Become a peer coach
  35. Enrol in a university course
  36. Implement a new instructional/ assessment strategy
  37. Pilot a new program/series
  38. Participate as a community organization board member
  39. Develop new technology skills
  40. Join a formal network within or outside your school division
  41. Contribute to a Special Area Group of Educators (SAGE)
  42. Volunteer for a Department of Education committee
  43. Join the Manitoba Teachers’ Society Teacher Led Learning Teams
  44. Search the internet for information on an issue
  45. Participate on a school-based committee
  46. Discuss educational resources with a friend
  47. Enrol in a distance education program
  48. Volunteer for a local community organization
  49. Develop a pamphlet on an educational issue
  50. Write a book