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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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Rebora, A., Killion, J. & Pianta, R. Recalibrating Professional Development for Teacher Success. Education Week.

This presentation explores how schools can create coherent professional development programs—and, in turn, make teachers more successful—by aligning learning activities with clear objectives for teacher growth and by leveraging available research on instructional effectiveness.

 

 

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Israel, M. (2010). Teachers Observing Teachers: A Professional Development Tool for Every School. Education World.

This article discusses the benefits of having teacher observe other teachers. Five models are suggested, including lesson studies, peer coaching, cognitive coaching, critical friends groups, and learning walks.

 

 

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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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Ferlazzo, L. (2012). Response: Ways To Build Trust Between Parents & Teachers — Part One. Education Week.

This blog includes a number of suggestions and ideas for encouraging parents to contribute to their children’s education. Strategies are discussed to build trust, communicate effectively, implement home visits, and create shared goals.

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Rodríguez, R. G., López del Bosque, R., & Villarreal, A. (2008). Creating Culturally Responsive Parent Engagement. Intercultural Development Research Association.

Viewing parent involvement from a culturally responsive perspective, the article includes strategies to encourage educators to reflect on their practices to involve parents and make space for effective family engagement.