MSU Extension Professional Development Portfolio Creating Your Own Professional Development Plan Step 1 - Self Assessment The first step in the development of a viable professional development plan is the assessment of your knowledge and skills. This can be done using informal methods (reflection, discussion with colleagues, interaction with your supervisor, etc.) or by using a variety of more formal self- assessment inventories (The Core Competency Self-Assessment Inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Kolb Learning Style Inventory, True Colors, for example). Through the use of formal/informal assessment methods begin to define how you will respond to the following: The key components of my job are: My abilities in each of the 10 Core Competency Areas can be described as: The strengths I bring to my Area of Expertise are: Professional areas that I feel can be strengthened are: It is important to work with your CED and your mentor in the area of professional development and to regularly address these concerns throughout your career in MSU Extension.
Use this folder to collect your ongoing responses to these concerns. Use the accompanying Self-Assessment Record to record the assessments you have used and the information gained from each. Use the accompanying core competency self assessment ... more. less.
tool to help you identify specific strengths and learning needs.<br><br> Step 2 - Professional Development Resources The second step in the development of a viable professional development plan is the identification and locating of professional development resources that you can use. Professional development resources may include such things as workshops, expert colleagues who are willing to share their ideas, books, audio tapes, professional journals, conferences, and so many other ideas. It is important to be continually on the lookout for professional development resources that can effectively respond to the self-assessment that you are conducting in Step 1 of your Professional Development Plan.<br><br> Your county extension director and your MSUE assigned mentor can help to identify local resources to assist in your professional development. Don 9t forget to include such resources as: Your MSU Extension Mentor MSU Extension 9s Professional Development Lending Library http://www.msue.msu.edu/go/go.cfm?0014 (located in room 11 Agriculture Hall and may be browsed physically or virtually at your leisure) Extension Professional Extension Associations http://www.msue.msu.edu/go/go.cfm?0018 MSU Library http://www2.lib.msu.edu World Wide Web Use this folder to collect and organize the names and locations of the professional development resources you are able to identify. Step 3 - Development of Plan Now that you have assessed your own professional abilities (Step 1) and identified appropriate professional development resources (Step 2) it is time to prepare a Professional Development Plan.<br><br> Your Professional Development Plan attempts to organize Step 1 and Step 2 so that you can systematically work on your further professional development. The following components make up a Professional Development Plan: I. Areas of focus (from Step 1) The skills/content you want to focus on II.<br><br> Professional Development Activities (from Step 2) The methods you will use to improve yourself III. Time Frame When will you begin/end each activity? IV.<br><br> Follow-up/Continuation How you will continue development of this skill in the future Use the worksheets in this folder to help in drafting your professional development plan. Once drafted, share your professional development plan with your CED. Step 4 3 Evidence of Professional Achievement Use this folder, and the other folders that follow in your Professional Development Portfolio, to collect evidences of your achievement of your professional development plan and the further development of your competence as an extension educator.<br><br> Periodically share these materials with your CED so he/she can assist you in continuing your professional development. Evidences may include such items as Certificates of Achievement, letters attesting to your performance/achievement, workshop materials, teaching/information materials that you have prepared, descriptions of programs you have presented, critiques of your teaching ability, participation on committees, programs from workshops you have attended, etc. Creating Your Own Professional Development Plan Step 1 - Your Self-Assessment Record Use the following chart to record the self-assessments you have used and the information you learned from each of them.<br><br> Your Name_______________________________ Date Self-Assessment Name/Description Information Learned Creating Your Own Professional Development Plan Step 3 - Writing Your Professional Development Plan Your Name_______________________________ Date_________________________ I. The Area of Focus (from Step 1) for my professional development plan is: _______________________________________________ II. Professional Development Activities (from Step 2) in which I plan to participate are: _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ III.<br><br> The Time Frame in which I will accomplish these activities is: I will begin these activities on ________________ I will conclude these activities on _______________ IV. I will Follow-up these activities by: _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________