I have noticed a trend in the technology workshops that I offer staff in my district: if it's something that people feel they have to do, teachers will show up. If it's something that they should do, the only people who sign up (with a few exceptions) are those who need the hours for recertification or for the extra pay.
Why is this? If there is one thing that all teachers should believe in, it's modeling a desire to be a life long learner. However, the biggest obstacle I face is what seems like a total lack of desire to do anything differently by the vast majority of teachers. Most seem to want to be left alone until they retire-doing things the same way they did when they began teaching, the same way they were taught, and often the same way their parents were taught.
When you think about what has changed in just a generation, it's staggering. It should be considered educational malpractice to continue preparing students for their future when we are actually preparing them for nothing more than our past.
I hear all kinds of "reasons" why attendance at trainings is so sparse. People are busy. I get it. I was (and am) busy, too. I still find time to keep up to date with the latest in 21st Century teaching and learning. Why? Because that's what students need.
The practices are outdated. The vast majority of the way we spend our school day does nothing to prepare students for their futures. Most will succeed despite their education, rather than because of it.
If you don't care about what your students need enough to continue learning, it's time you find another profession. I don't want my kids, my future doctor, etc. to be in your class.