Reflections from a Professional Developer in Adult Education

Kim Harris ·

Perhaps my favorite part of my job is traveling the nation, visiting other states, attending conferences and delivering presentations. This past year I was fortunate enough to present at a number of conferences for Adult Education, from state conferences in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Mississippi and Georgia to the national Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) conference in Denver, CO. I had such an amazing time! Of course there is something incredibly powerful about sharing knowledge and motivating fellow educators to try new things and grow as professionals, but I truly think I learn more from them than they learn from me!

These conferences allow me to hear the needs of adult education professionals from across the country and reflect on how they impact my choices as a professional developer. To really impact the students, we as professional developers must listen to what our educators need and provide engaging and relevant professional development that sets them up for successful transfer of knowledge into the classroom. Now, more than ever, adult education professionals need to prepare our students for not only obtaining a high school equivalency, but also for their next steps —whatever they might be! Encouraging and preparing our students for college, careers, technical school, etc., is now a critical component in the field of adult education. I am excited to integrate all of the information I learned from the hundreds of teachers I met over the past year to design and deliver professional development opportunities that help both teachers and students. Thank you so much to all of the teachers I have interacted with for the wonderful opportunities to learn and grow with you!

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