Susan Riley | March 2015

Should you have to pay for professional development?

Professional Development: Should You Pay For It?

March is conference month and it’s often a time when people are either excited or miserable about professional development. Either you see bunches of posts, videos and pictures of conference sessions and mixers or you see lots of people sharing how much they wish they could go but just couldn’t swing it this year.  After all, most conferences are a huge investment and lighten our wallets tremendously.

More than likely, you’ll also run into the following argument: why should we have to pay for our own professional development?  After all, people in other industries don’t have to shell out of their own pockets to go to seminars or receive training.  Why are educators expected to pay for theirs, on top of everything else we contribute (did someone ask for another tissue)?

All of these are valid and important questions and deserve more than just a shrug and a “that’s just the way it is” statement.  In today’s EdCloset On-Demand Video, we’re getting right to the heart of the matter: should you have to pay for your own professional development?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.  How much are you willing to invest in your own learning each year?  Are there things you WON’T pay for?  

About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, STEAM, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan