Wouldn't it be cool if teachers could choose their own PD? Instead of BOTs and Senior Management deciding what (or even IF) they would benefit from?
Different teachers could chose different pathways depending on their needs. One teacher could choose to do a tour of all the Educamps, another could choose to blow the majority at uLearn, some could do a combo of MOOCs and smaller skill based stuff through night courses. It would be up to them!
Some may choose to go to a conference to connect with their PLN (as they would get more out of it than going with their school).
Some principals may have compelling arguments for why the staff should all go to a conference (but it would be up to them to make a good enough case for that).
Maybe teachers could 'save' their PD for up to two years to attend an international conference.
There could be a system that rewarded the sharing of ideas, where those who present at conference get PD credits (as opposed to paying full conference fees for the honour). If PD credits were available, this could also lift the quality of presenter.
If (after 2 years?) a teacher had not claimed all their PD could the excess be put into a contestable fund for other teachers to apply for extra PD funding?
I would like to see teachers taking control of learning, budgeting, taking risks, making bad decisions and learning. I would like to see management giving up control, showing teachers what is out there and acting as advisors (as opposed to the 'Santa Claus' role). I would like to see PD organisations marketing to teachers, offering PD credits for presenters, offering discounts for PLN bookings. But ultimately, I would like to see teachers in control of their own PD.
I don't know much about the government's 'PD for teachers' budget. It probably goes into one big school pot and is discretionary, but that doesn't really concern me. We can let the ministry accountants figure that out (much like what Ewan McIntosh said in his ICOT2013 keynote - it's the accountants job to get cheap buttons, it's not the concern of the creative clothes designer).
So I'm going to throw the figure $1000.00 per teacher per year out there (theory still stands ... figure can be adjusted to more or less).