The National Writing Projects Professional Development section of their website offers links to workshops and research specific to the effectiveness of professional development. There is also a section for new teachers with helpful links on ways to integrate writing into every classroom, across all subject areas.
Teacher Created Materials' Professional Development website is another resource created by teachers for teachers. The site offers links to workshops on topics like "Academic Vocabulary" and "Brain-Powered Strategies."
"Teachers Teaching Teachers" discusses the concept of creating "professional learning communities" in which school administrators take a step back and let teachers take on more leadership roles in the professional development capacity. The result is accountability and appreciation for their hard work as educators.
These eight tips, provided by educator Vicki Davis, are insightful, realistic, and with the teacher's best interests in mind. Modeling has a trickle down effect - if the facilitators of professional development strategies are modeling specific behavior for their teachers, those teachers, in turn, will model that behavior for their students.