Professional Development: Sorting Through the Jumble to Achieve Success

This special report aims to provide a fresh look at teacher professional development. The stories examine many facets of teacher training, including its research base, implementation in districts, cost, and evolution. For the project, our reporters drew on interviews with teachers, administrators, and scholars.

It is our hope at Education Week that the report will generate new conversations for those school leaders charged with upgrading the quality of teacher professional development.


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To be a player, the field must be able to articulate both what it is and how it can help teachers improve student achievement.
November 10, 2010 - Education Week

Weakness in education research and obstacles to studying teacher training's impact on student achievement are behind the lack of proof.
November 10, 2010 - Education Week

Administrators and teachers are trying to convert typically scattershot professional development into a seamless endeavor.
November 10, 2010 - Education Week

School leaders devised ways to provide oversight without being too prescriptive about individual school teams' activities.
November 10, 2010 - Education Week

Still, the industry will have to compete for market share with districts as school systems shift ever more training in-house.
November 10, 2010 - Education Week

Districts tend to consider training as programming, which leads to underestimating other investments in teachers' knowledge and skills.
November 10, 2010 - Education Week

Experts differ over whether additional course credits or advanced degrees should be counted as professional-development spending.
November 10, 2010 - Education Week

Both content and instructional knowledge are among the elements of professional development that researchers are examining.
November 10, 2010 - Education Week

An evaluation Austin conducted of the first two years of the program for regular classroom teachers finds it "moderately effective."
November 10, 2010 - Education Week


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As Education Week reporters in 2010 investigated the critical challenges involved in improving the quality of teacher professional development and in-service training, they collected compelling stories from classroom teachers about their experiences, both good and bad.

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