How much value do you have in attending your required professional development trainings? Our district requires us to attend a full day of trainings from a list they provide. Unfortunately, being a 20+ year teacher, they just do not offer anything worthwhile. All the choices are geared towards new teachers or meeting new requirements from the state for specific content areas. This last training, I got nothing out of the four trainings. I felt like I could have spent my time creating CFAs for my content, reviewing data, and/or follow up on how to address the gaps in my students’ learning. I understand the value of PDs, but they need to provide trainings that all levels of teachers are going to appreciate. I would appreciate being trusted to use my PD time to review videos, websites, tutorials, etc. based on what I professional need to continue to be a good teacher. I don’t want to go on a new tangent, but we need to be trusted to make decisions for ourselves on what we need to help us to be stronger teachers. I think at 20+ years in this field I earned the right to choose for myself what is best for me as an educator. It gets very frustrating when we have to fill out a survey after each session asking us how great it was and how the district provides us with all these opportunities to improve ourselves during contract hours. There are plenty of boxes that ask for ways they could improve on the delivery of the presentation but not on what was being presented. There is never follow up or follow through in the next round of PDs to help with what we could do or how we implemented the previous training into our teaching. Ask us what we want and what we want the follow up to look like. We have another PD in two weeks, and I am dreading what they will have for me to select.