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National Staff Development Council www.nsdc.org. Teachers & Leaders Congressional Roundtable March 15, 2010 Common Questions About Effective Professional Development. Stephanie Hirsh Executive Director National Staff Development Council Official Follow Up To Written Testimony.
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www.nsdc.orgTeachers & Leaders Congressional Roundtable March 15, 2010Common Questions About Effective Professional Development
National Staff Development Council
Official Follow Up To Written Testimony
Though the hearing was an excellent opportunity to present and discuss relevant information from the field, there are several questions the committee did not have time to ask.
The following are responses to important questions about professional development that did not arise at the hearing.
There is compelling evidence that teacher performance plateaus at four years – according to Urban Institute researcher Jane Hannaway: “Teachers work in isolation. They learn what they learn and then they plateau. They get no valid input.”
2. To ensure good practices spread from classroom to classroom.
There was a 2.6 times greater variation across classrooms in the same schools than school to school (OECD, 2008 – PISA Science) .
3. Principals and teachers support collaboration.
Approximately, two thirds of teachers (67%) and three quarters of principals (78%) say that greater collaboration among teachers and school leaders would have a major impact on improving student achievement (MetLife American Teacher Survey, 2009).
4. To promote application of the most important practices tied to student achievement.
As documented in research conducted and/or summarized by: McREL; Stanford; Ed Trust; AIR; Rand; University of Minnesota; University of Washington, etc.
- building practical skills during initial training
- placing coaches in schools to support teachers and guide collaboration
- selecting and developing effective principals
- enabling teachers to learn from each other.
Why is it important to tightly define professional development in federal law?
MetLife Study of The American Teacher (2009) :
America’s Teachers on America’s Schools, A PROJECT OF SCHOLASTIC AND THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION (2010)
It varies by situation, but the primary cost is time.