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The Professional Development unit (Professional Advancement and Teacher Welfare Committee) consists of nine (9) persons with powers to co-opt. It deals with all matters pertaining to the welfare of teachers and the advancement of professional practice and sponsors activities such as courses, workshops and seminars.

As a certified teacher, you assume a professional status which carries with it a set of behavioural expectations, which are outlined by the Jamaica Teachers' Association in its Code of Ethics. This code is provided as a guide to teachers in maintaining at all times the high traditions of the profession.

Benefits of a Professional Association

  • Sometimes membership in an appropriate professional body is one of the many prerequisites for a job
  • Proven channel to get help with personal and professional problems
  • Provides networking (sounding board for and from peers) and grapevine resources
  • Helps you to grow your social circle
  • A professional association usually lends credibility to the professional
  • Creates standards that members should abide by, and ensures that due recognition is brought to the field
  • Members often benefit from its effectiveness as a career development tool

Maximizing your Professional Association Membership

  • Maintaining contact with peers
  • Know key players in the Association
  • Join Committees
  • Read and apply information gleaned from association literature
  • Have a strategy for mingling at events; if you are shy and need moral support to socialize, carry a colleague with you