PD Research

Professional Development From Our Research Center What School and District Leaders Get, Want, and Need From Professional Development
The EdWeek Research Center surveyed hundreds of educators about their professional development access, requirements, and preferences.
EdWeek Research Center, November 2, 2021
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42% of Principals are considering leaving their position. Are you one of them?
42% of Principals are considering leaving their position. Are you one of them?
School & District Management Opinion 42 Percent of Principals Want to Leave Their Position. Will You Let Them?
There are specific reasons leaders cite for reasons they want to leave their positions. What can we do about it? Do we care?
Peter DeWitt, April 18, 2021
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Professional Development Districts Want Teacher Evaluation. What Do Principals Want?
The best-laid plans for teacher evaluation systems don't always survive contact with the classroom, and a new study suggests that how principals "tinker" can make a difference in how teachers really get judged.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 26, 2018
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Professional Development Opinion Research Findings Spur Efforts to Improve Professional Development for Rural Teachers
Research findings on professional development challenges for rural teachers spur new improvement efforts. Contributed by REL Southwest.
Urban Education Contributor, October 12, 2017
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Professional Development Opinion New Study Sheds Light on Rural Teachers' Professional Development Challenges
The first statewide data collection on teacher professional development in Oklahoma sheds light on challenges rural school teachers are facing. Contributed by REL Southwest.
Urban Education Contributor, October 9, 2017
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Professional Development Many Teachers Have 'No Say' in Decisions About Their Own PD, Survey Finds
A nationwide survey found that nearly 20 percent of teachers say they have no input in their school's professional learning decisions.
Madeline Will, August 7, 2017
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Professional Development What Elements Make Teacher Professional Development High Quality?
While 85 percent of teacher PD is classroom-focused, very few of those activities are sustained or data driven, a long-running study finds.
Madeline Will, June 13, 2017
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School & District Management What Kinds of Professional Development Are Teachers Doing?
A new report from the Institute of Education Sciences provides a snapshot of the types of PD teachers were doing in the 2011-2012 school year.
Brenda Iasevoli, May 3, 2017
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Professional Development Study: Most Professional Training for Teachers Doesn't Qualify as 'High Quality'
Only 20 percent of the professional development offered by districts meets the federal definition of "high quality" under the new Every Student Succeeds Act, according to researchers.
Madeline Will, November 23, 2016
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Professional Development Opinion If Coaching Is So Powerful, Why Aren't Principals Being Coached?
If instructional coaching is beneficial to teachers, shouldn't leadership coaching benefical to principals? Why aren't more principals doing it?
Peter DeWitt, October 16, 2016
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School & District Management Study: Improving Teachers' Math Knowledge Doesn't Boost Student Scores
Fourth grade math teachers who took content-intensive professional development improved their own general math knowledge, but those gains did not trickle down to students, according to a new federal study.
Liana Loewus, September 28, 2016
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Professional Development Who's the Best Deliverer of Teacher PD? Report Says Teachers Still Lack Input
A new report suggests educators continue to lack agency in choosing their own professional learning, but some say that teacher autonomy over PD isn't a perfect solution either.
Ross Brenneman, March 10, 2016
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Teaching Profession Researchers Say U.S. Schools Could Learn From Other Countries on Teacher PD
New international studies highlight the role of embedded professional-learning programs in school improvement.
Ross Brenneman, January 26, 2016
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Professional Development Reports: Teacher PD Drives School Growth, and Other Countries Offer Models
A new pair of studies finds that countries outside the United States have made great strides in teacher professional development using systems that lag in the U.S.
Ross Brenneman, January 19, 2016
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