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Week 8 Assignment – Professional Development Plan

Overview

This assignment consists of three parts:

  • Part 1: Professional Resources and Issues in Education.
  • Part 2: Action Plan for Continued Growth.
  • Part 3: Career Readiness Documents.

You must submit all three parts for the completion of this assignment.

Part 1: Professional Resources and Issues in Education

For Part 1, use the Internet or the Strayer University Library to research professional organizations, grant opportunities, and virtual learning communities pertinent to your current or prospective work environment.

Write a 2 page paper in which you:

  • Examine relevant organizations and key issues in education that will be beneficial to you as you continue to work in your future career.
  • Select at least two of the professional organizations, grant opportunities, and/or virtual learning communities that you have researched, and analyze the manner in which you would utilize the organizations you selected to support your continued professional development.
  • Predict at least three issues that you believe will be of particular significance within the next decade, or choose three remaining questions that you ponder related to your current or prospective work environment.
  • Select one of the issues or questions you identified in relation to your theme and work environment, and construct an annotated bibliography of at least five print and non-print resources to consult in the future. 
Part 2: Action Plan for Continued Growth

Write a 2 page paper in which you:

  • Examine your development during the program and develop an action plan for continued growth.
  • Specify the development of your information literacy and research skills throughout your coursework. Provide 1–3 papers, artifacts, or examples from previous coursework to demonstrate your changes and acquired knowledge within this area. 
  • Develop a plan for continued information literacy development as part of your personal and professional growth plan. Your plan must include, at a minimum, the following:
    • 3–5 information literacy goals.
    • Potential means (for example, organizations and resources that you may utilize) to achieve the information literacy goals.
    • Relevant strategies for applying the literacy skills in educational or work environment.
  • Specify the development of your writing skills throughout your coursework. Provide 1–3 papers, artifacts, or examples from previous coursework to demonstrate your changes and learning in this area. Identify plans for continued writing development as part of your personal and professional growth plan
  • Create an action plan geared toward both building upon your personal and professional strengths (identified in Reflective Journal: Strengths-Based Reflection that i have attached) and toward improving your weaknesses. Your plan must include, at a minimum, the following:
    • 3–5 goals.
    • 3–5 key steps that you plan to take for further evaluation and continuous improvement.
    • Potential means (for example, organizations and resources that you may utilize) to achieve these goals.
    • Relevant strategies for applying the plan in educational or work environment.
Part 3: Career Readiness Documents

Submit the final versions of your career readiness documents that you have been working on during the course. 

  • A 1 page teaching philosophy that documents your beliefs about education.
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