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How Teachers Can Advocate for Better Professional Development [With Downloadable Toolkit]

As an educator, you advocate for your students every single day — for better classroom materials, quality learning resources, their social-emotional health and their safety.
But do you put that same effort into advocating for your own needs and professional development?
Many teachers don’t have the time or even the resources to prioritize their needs. We’d like to shine a light on the support you deserve to expand your skills and enhance the support of your students.


The Support You Deserve

Although you know to “put on your oxygen mask first” before supporting others, it can feel like an unrealistic goal. However, it’s vitally important. Decades of research validates that highly skilled teachers have a significant impact on student achievement and it’s especially true for the STEM disciplines.

A true high-quality PD is not a “one and done” experience. Instead, it’s an ongoing process of continuous improvement that is aligned with pedagogical best practices and educators’ existing expertise.

Download “How to Advocate for Better PD” toolkit

Long-term Implications

With significant projected growth in STEM jobs — an increase of nearly 11% from 2021 to 2031 — the education system needs to equip students in pursuit of these career opportunities.

 Not only does the United States need a pipeline of savvy STEM professionals to fuel our economy, employees also benefit financially. As of May 2021, median annual wages for STEM occupations were $95,420 which is more than twice as much as non-STEM occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Through the National Math and Science Initiative programs and training, we equip teachers with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to excel in their careers — so they can prepare the next generation for career success.

The Next Step

Teachers work tirelessly to support their diverse classroom of learners. Upleveling your skills will make a difference in your career growth and your students.  
Download our free resource, "How to Advocate for Better Professional Development Toolkit” and leverage the materials to advocate for high-quality, evidence-based programs for your own school or district.
It’s time to “put on your oxygen mask first” to prepare your students for the opportunities of tomorrow.
Download “How to Advocate for Better PD” toolkit