How Effective is Traditional Professional Development?

According to the teacher policy organization TNTP, on average, in the United States, districts spend $18,000 on professional development, per educator, with only a 30% improvement rate for educators. There is a strong disconnect between the professional development services provided from outside providers and the implementation, which takes place within the classroom.

Diversity Talks offers 12 hours of student-led professional development with cohorts of up to 40 educators per year. These sessions are strongly encouraged to be broken down into 8-1.5 hour sessions over the course of an academic school year however, entities are able to personalize the professional development sessions to fit their population and have the flexibility to choose tiered packages over the course of 3 years.

March 25, 2017, Diversity Talks piloted their first professional development to 35 educators from across Rhode Island at the Empowering Educators of Color Conference. The team submitted a one page proposal to conduct a Power & Privilege workshop, which focused on the many existing systems in our country and how power plays a huge role in dictating decisions.