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The professional development of teachers is a crucial element of the nation's efforts to improve education. In recent years, these efforts have sought to foster high standards for teaching and learning for all of the nation's children, and almost all states have met federal requirements for developing challenging statewide content standards. However, children's learning will be transformed only if high standards are reflected in teachers' classroom practice. Education reforms will not succeed without teachers who are immersed in the subjects they teach and who know how to foster both basic knowledge and advanced thinking and problem solving among their students. The Eisenhower Professional Development Program, Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), is the federal government's largest investment that is solely focused on developing the knowledge and skills of classroom teachers. This Executive Summary provides a synopsis of the second report of the National Evaluation of the Eisenhower Professional Development Program, Part B (State and Local Activities), a multi-year evaluation being conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) under a contract with the U.S. Department of Education's Planning and Evaluation Service. The first report was based on six exploratory case studies of school districts conducted during the first months of the evaluation. This second report describes the current status of the program, based primarily on data from national probability samples of districts, SAHE grantees (i.e., the institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations supported through the SAHE component of the program), and teachers, as well as on data from 10 in-depth case studies in 5 states. Contains 35 references. (Author/WRM)

Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Change, Faculty Development, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Mathematics Education, Program Evaluation, Science Education, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness

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Autor: American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC.


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