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Pianta, R. C. (2011). Teaching Children Well New Evidence-Based Approaches to Teacher Professional Development and Training. Center for American Progress.

Effective professional development depends upon relevant knowledge and practice, and there is close alignment between assessment and professional-development support intended to produce best practices and outcomes. This paper illustrates an approach to professional development in which outcomes are tightly coupled with inputs (e.g., coaching, video analysis, and text) in an aligned system of support.

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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SEDL Letter. (2007). Developing a Staff of Learners. SEDL.

Professional learning communities (PLCs) are more than just collaborative working arrangements or faculty groups that meet regularly. A PLC is a way of working where staff engage in purposeful, collegial learning. This learning is intentional and its purpose is to improve staff effectiveness so students will be more successful learners. Strategies are suggested to create favorable conditions for PLCs.