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Professional Development days are sprinkled throughout the calendar year, but not all PDs are created equal. The Center for Public Education, in a 2013 report entitled, “Teaching The Teachers: Effective Professional Development in an Era of High Stakes Accountability”, highlights characteristics that comprise successful professional developments.
The most effective PD sessions:
Other significant findings of the report include the most effective professional development focuses on developing critical thinking and problem solving and that support offered during implementation phases must address the dual roles of teachers as both technicians in research-based practices as well as intellectuals developing teaching innovations.
A sampling of PD offerings highlights areas of opportunity, notably, school visits, coaching and research:
Types of Professional Development Provided to Teachers the Previous Year
22% school visit
63% peer observation
Source: Darling-Hammond et al., 2009
The report reinforces the concepts of duration, intensity, specificity, modeling, and coaching throughout the implementation phase. The Educational Resource Center provides professional development that is customizable to your school or districts specific needs. The ERC recognizes the dual roles of teachers and offers serial PD sessions that model learner’s contexts. We are available for long term coaching through implementation. To discuss professional development or educational technologies, please contact Sherris Anne Schwind at