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National Education Association. (2006). Professional Community & Professional Development. National Education Association.

This brief provides a research-based blueprint for teacher learning, including the goals it can serve, strategic content priorities, and effective approaches or strategies. In “learning centered” schools—where there is an emphasis on both student and teacher learning—teacher professional communities are the hub of a learning system that focuses on instructional improvement. These communities are strategically linked with various other modes of professional development within and outside the school.

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Rebora, A., Hirsh, S. & Shields, R. A. (2009). Creating Effective Teacher Professional Development in Tough Economic Times. Education Week.

This presentation focuses on the importance of integrating and aligning efforts for school improvement and professional development, especially during difficult economic times.

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Institute of Education Sciences. What Works Clearinghouse. Institute of Education Sciences.

Before offering any type of professional development to staff, consult this resource.   It contains an extensive database containing information on professional development and instructional strategies. The database can be searched based on specific school, grade level, or teacher need to find evidence-based professional development ideas.

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Flannagan, J. S. & Kelly, M. (2009). Differentiated Support. Principal Leadership.

In order for all teachers to receive continuous learning experiences, professional development and support must be differentiated based on teacher need. This guide discusses responsive professional development and steps necessary to implement professional development based on an individual teacher’s needs.

 

 

 

Click to open resource. Sawchuk, S. (2010). Professional Development: Sorting Through the Jumble to Achieve Success. Education Week. This report summarizes recent research on effective professional development including findings on summer institutes, embedded professional development, and ways to allocate funding for professional development. The report includes several case studies focusing on teachers’ perspectives of professional development.

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Anderson, L. et al. (2010). Teachers Teaching Teachers: Professional Development That Works. Education World.

This article discusses how teachers who attend outside workshops can share their learning with the staff, tailoring the content to the school culture and needs. Strategies to develop expertise within the school through focus groups and observation are shared.

 

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Lunenburg, F. C. (2010). The Principal as Instructional Leader. National Forum of Educational and Supervision Journal.

This article discusses how school principals can support all learners through data-driven instruction and collaboration by focusing on learning, encouraging collaboration, analyzing results, providing support, and aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Strategies to accomplish these goals are discussed.