I've had the opportunity to participate in many professional development opportunities after which I left excited, motivated and inspired. What makes the difference for me as an educator is the continued opportunity to come back to what I learned and collaborate with my peers. That old idea of "if you come away what 1 nugget, the training is good" isn't enough for me. If the professional development really does spark new ideas, I want the chance to have more opportunities that build on those ideas and allow me to collaborate with my peers and reflect on student work. In my experience, if this is not set up ahead of time and planned for, the demands of other things in our day get in the way of it happening.