Aaron posted a comment about professional development, which I will reply to here. Thanks, Aaron. I haven’t thought about this much, to be honest. My feeling about PD is that it is best left to individual initiative. Blogging is a great way to do this: it’s social, it’s not forced on anyone, the individual can find and create his/her own communities of learning. It’s fun! “Gentle leading” sounds nice, except that institutions have their own agendas, one of which is the protection and furtherance of its own survival. In other words, perhaps gentle leading by an institution might be more about the survival (prestige, funding, recruiting new students, fulfilling quotas, etc) of the institution than about the personal growth of the teachers/staff. If that is the case, you can be sure teachers and staff will pick up on it, and this awareness of theirs will affect their motivation to attend PD sessions!